CPTN Certified Personal Trainer (CPTN-CPT)

Prerequisites

CPTN Certified Personal Trainer candidates must:

  • Be age 18 or older.
  • Hold current First Aid certification.
  • Hold current Adult-Child-Infant CPR C/AED certification.
    • Note: CPTN will honour the renewal period or expiration date listed on cards provided. If an expiration date is not present CPTN will honour the card for one year from the date of completion of the certification.
  • Submit a Personal Trainer Log of a minimum of 20 hours of practical experience (one-on-one training)
    • Practice training a relative and/or friend for 20 hours
      • Can include up to 5 hours of observation of a Certified Personal Trainer
      • Can include up to 5 hours of mentorship with a Certified Personal Trainer
    • or submit a 2-Year Diploma or Degree, including official/unofficial transcripts, in the Health Sciences or equivalent field (e.g. BSc Kin, BKin, BPHE, BPhE, etc…) via online submission or e-mail to education@cptn.com.

Getting Started

To become a CPTN Personal Trainer, follow these three simple steps below:

1. Determine your level of experience

A) I am new to personal training and have no related education or training in the field

Begin with The Art and Science of Personal Training workshop. This workshop is a preparation course geared to preparing participants to complete the CPTN Personal Trainer certification process. The workshop is for adults who have no formal education or post high school education in fitness. The Art & Science of Personal Training workshop will provide the proper educational foundation required towards becoming a personal trainer.

Note: Registration to The Art and Science of Personal Training workshop includes CPTN The Art & Science of Personal Training: The Essentials (4th Edition) Manual.

B) I am new to personal training but have, or will have a degree or diploma in the field

Individuals who possess or who are in the process of completing a 2-Year Diploma or Degree in the Health Sciences field (e.g. BSc Kin, BKin, BPHE, BPhE, etc…) can skip The Art and Science of Personal Training workshop. However, we recommend purchasing CPTN The Art & Science of Personal Training: The Essentials (4th Edition) Manual and to complete the CPTN-CPT Online Program Design Tutorial.

Candidates who require more in-depth, instructor-based training for the role of a Personal Trainer, we suggest registering for CPTN The Art and Science of Personal Training workshop which includes the manual.

Note: Scanned proof of degree/diploma or official/unofficial transcripts, First Aid and CPR certifications are to be prepared in advance to be submitted via online submission or e-mail to education@cptn.com when requested.

C) I am a veteran professional transferring from, or into the personal training field

Veteran health and fitness professionals and those certified as a personal trainer through other organizations are encouraged to challenge the CPTN-CPT exam on the Examinations page. We do recommend reviewing CPTN The Art & Science of Personal Training: The Essentials (4th Edition) Manual to become familiar with the content from which the exam questions originate before challenging the exam.

We also recommend that candidates complete the CPTN-CPT Online Program Design Tutorial which provides instructions on how to complete the program design templates for the written component of the practical exam.

Note: Veteran fitness professionals might be eligible to transfer CPT status from another organization and skip to Practical Examination to become a CPTN-CPT. You must complete the Transfer Application Form (PDF, 90KB).

2. Review for the examination

Review the material in CPTN The Art & Science of Personal Training: The Essentials (4th Edition) Manual.

Tip: We offer candidates who want a review challenge with one-time Practice Examinations similar to the actual exam.

3. Write and pass the theory exam and wait for information for the practical exam

Candidates who are confident in their current knowledge can begin the theory exam from the Examinations page.

Note: The exam will begin right after completion of registration and payment. Your score will be shown at the end. If a passing mark was achieved, we will then e-mail instructions for the practical exam within 5 BUSINESS DAYS.

Note: Candidates who attempted the exam and failed are advised to review the topics in which a poor grade was achieved before attempting a rewrite. Please allow up to 24 hours before making a second attempt at rewriting.

Description

The certification process consists of a theory and a practical exam. The prerequisites must be met to become eligible for the practical exam. Your progress will be on hold for a maximum of 6 months until the prerequisites are met. Failing to obtain proper documentation within the alloted time will result in retesting. All CPTN-CPT must remain active through online courses or live workshops to maintain certification status. Failing to maintain certification status for more than 6 months the field will require complete recertification or practical reassessment.

Theory Examination Guidelines

The theory exam will cover the following areas related to personal training. The details of each area may be viewed by clicking on the appropriate category. The theory exam format is 120 multiple-choice questions and completed online. The theory exam is 180 minutes (3 hours) in length and the passing grade is 75% or 90/120. Your score will be recorded and shown at the end upon test submission.

Note: You must achieve a passing grade and hold First Aid and CPR requirements before proceeding. You will then be e-mailed instructions for completing the practical exam with one of our Practical Assessors within 5 BUSINESS DAYS.

Practical Examination

The practical exam is a demonstration of exercise techniques, communication skills, needs assessments and program progression. Practical assessments are a minimum of 60 minutes in length and the passing grade is 75%. You will be given feedback from the qualified Practical Assessor. Information regarding how to set up an appointment time for an assessment will be e-mailed to you after you have completed the theory exam and a passing grade confirmed. Please refer to the categories below for detailed guidelines of each practical exam component.

Note: Candidates more than one hour's drive from an available Practical Assessor will be given the option of submitting recorded video for cardiovascular and resistance components, and video conferencing for questions assessed.

Requirements

  • Passing Grade: Theory Exam – 75% / Practical Exam – 75%

Note: Your practical assessment will be graded within 2-3 weeks of the assessment date. Please submit required documents (First Aid and CPR, etc.) through online submission or e-mail to education@cptn.com.

Achievements

  • You will earn the designation CPTN-CPT.

Registration

Exams: Theory Exam – 180 minutes (3 hours) / Practical Exam (Information will be provided upon successful completion of the theory exam)

Fee (HST included): CPTN Member $204.75 CAD / Non-member $262.50 CAD. Fees include both theory and practical exams.