CrossFit Trainer Certification

January 15, 2017
CrossFit Trainer Certification

The Level 1 Certificate Course is an introduction to CrossFit's methodology and foundational movements. The course includes classroom instruction on these topics, as well as hands-on small-group training for the movements. These group sessions are conducted under low intensity with a focus on improving mechanics. Students’ movements are observed and corrected, and they engage in dialogue concerning effective coaching techniques. Large group CrossFit workouts are conducted as an example of bridging the gap from theory to practice. These workouts provide examples of how to:

Conduct a class. Hold a standard of effective technique at high intensity. Achieve relative high levels of intensity for each individual. Scale for any ability level.

The Level 1 provides introductory education on the fundamental principles and movements of CrossFit. It is structured to meet two goals: 1) Provide attendees with the knowledge to better use CrossFit methods for themselves; and 2) Provide attendees with an initial and foundational education to begin training others using CrossFit.

Learning Objectives

The Level 1 Certificate Course teaches participants to:

Define the core concepts of the CrossFit program. Identify the primary points of performance of the foundational movements. Perform the foundational movements safely and identify when they have committed a form error. Identify correct movement when training others. Identify unsound movement and apply appropriate correction toward improved movement. Apply the CrossFit program safely and effectively while gaining the experience necessary to develop competency in training others using CrossFit methods.



Test Results and Certificates

Test results are delivered to participants via email five to seven days from the test date.

Individuals receive a pass-or-fail result. No numerical score will be issued.

Certificates of attendance are emailed within one month of course attendance. Trainer certificates are individually mailed and can take up to four weeks to arrive for those living in the United States, and six to eight weeks for those living outside the United States.


The default language for the Level 1 Course is English. In some countries, a translator is provided. Lecture and small-group practical sessions are translated in real time. Courses with a translator are specified in the "Language" section from the event registration link. Generally, translators are used in Latin America and some countries in Europe and Asia.


Participants receive a t-shirt with course attendance, either on site (outside the United States) or after the course by redeeming an offer via Reebok's online store (United States)


Course (and test): ​US​$1​, ​000 if registered 14 days ​or more​ prior to the course date or US$1, ​200 if register​ed​ within 14 days of the course ​start date​. Revalidation (course and test): US$500. Retest only: US$150.

CrossFit does not accommodate refunds or transfers.


Read the CrossFit Level 1 Participant Handbook. It contains the policies and procedures you agreed to during registration. It also contains test information, including the number of questions, study tips and sample test questions. Study the UPDATED CrossFit Level 1 Training Guide. This will enhance your experience and prepare you for the Level 1 test. The material on the test is derived from the Training Guide and the course. Printed version of the registration receipt. Government-issued photo ID. Notebook and pen/pencil. Suitable clothes for working out. Snacks and fluids, as well as a meal if you do not plan on going off site during the lunch break.

To receive a Level 1 Trainer Certificate, one must:

Be at least 17 years old at the time of the test. Be in good standing with CrossFit Inc. Attend the entire two-day course (approximately 9 a.m.-5 p.m. both days), to include: 100 percent exposure to all lectures. 100 percent participation in all practical break-out sessions. 100 percent participation in all workouts (all workouts can and will be scaled appropriately for individuals with special needs). Pass the Level 1 test in person.
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