Accredited Personal Trainer Certification Programs

May 20, 2020
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1. What's a “CPT”?

Certified Personal Trainer, is the title and accompanying acronym that is most commonly used in the personal fitness training industry for an individual who has been appropriately assessed and who has successfully demonstrated necessary skill sets of the certified personal trainer. After becoming certified by NFPT, you may use this “CPT” title as recognition of your achievement.

2. How long has NFPT been certifying personal trainers?

Since 1988 NFPT has been educating and certifying fitness professionals.

3. How many CPT's does NFPT have?

NFPT has over 7, 000 currently certified trainers and over 18, 000 members/subscribers in the U.S. and abroad.

4. Is NFPT recognized?

Yes, NFPT is recognized nationally and internationally as well. NFPT has certified trainers for over 27 years and is therefore often times included among other pre-reqs to employment. Though health clubs and wellness facilities will establish their own independent approved provider lists, therefore NFPT can make no guarantee of being included for each club/facility, NFPT maintains prominent industry position and is widely recognized and accepted as one of the leading CPT providers.

5. Why is being certified with a company who has their program accredited so important for a trainer?

Having your CPT through an organization who has achieved accreditation of its personal trainer certification program means that you have proven industry accepted minimal competencies which have been established via accreditation standards that are specifically adhered to by organizations with accredited programs. For example, test development is a strictly executed, legally defensible process which assures that the NFPT – CPT has been assessed appropriately and certified in accordance with industry-wide standards. Most gyms and insurance companies will insist that trainers be certified by an organization that has had their CPT program recognized by this distinction.

6. Who accredits certifying companies?

Many accrediting bodies exist in and outside the fitness industry. The main accrediting organization for the personal fitness training industry has become the NCCA, National Commission for Certifying Agencies. This agency operates under the auspices of the Institute for Credentialing Excellence (ICE). The NFPT – CPT program is accredited by the NCCA and therefore adheres to standards which pertain to certification business and test development practices.

Application Requirements

1. Am I eligible to apply?

You must be 18 years of age or older, have a high school degree or equivalent, have 2 or more years of personal fitness experience, and comply with NFPT codes of conduct.

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