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THE NCCPT-CPT CERTIFICATION PROGRAM

THE NCCPT-CPT CERTIFICATION PROGRAM

The National Council for Certified Personal Trainers (NCCPT) Certified Personal Trainer certification (CPT) has been developed by the NCCPT Certification Board to recognize those individuals who have demonstrated competent knowledge and skills needed to perform as personal trainers in the fitness industry. The NCCPT-CPT certification program, accredited by the National Commission of Certifying agencies (NCCA) is a key indicator to fitness employers and other potential fitness clients that the trainer has proficiency to provide competent training in fitness. Individuals who earn the NCCPT-CPT credential have demonstrated knowledge of the professional domains that encompass the tasks and knowledge required of a personal trainer in the fitness profession. By passing the CPT examination, professionals are able to display their aptitude in each specialized knowledge area of fitness training.

FOR A LIMITED TIME ONLY!

The NCCPT is currently participating in a pilot program with the National Commission on Certifying Agencies (NCCA) and for a limited time only, applicants may take the CPT exam remotely Follow the Specialty Program instructions below by clicking here to schedule your CPT remote exam. Remote testing must be completed by May 29th, 2020. Those candidates successfully passing the exam remotely will receive the NCCA accredited certification.

COVID-19 UPDATE: Our testing partner Prometric has closed it's testing centers temporarily as a safty precaution as a result of the spread of the Covid 19 virus. It is anticipated that they will begin administrating the CPT exams at testing centers again beginning June 1, 2020. In the meantime and until further notice, CPT applicants wishing to sit for the exam, will be offered the option of testing in a remotely proctored environment online. Once they have registered with Prometric, applicants can set up their appointment to test in the convenience of a safe location of their choice.

NCCA ACCREDITITATION

The NCCPT-CPT certification program is accredited by the National Commission for Certifying Agencies (NCCA). This accreditation demonstrates compliance with the NCCA guidelines for demonstrating compliance with the NCCA Standards for the Accreditation of Certification Programs. NCCA is the accrediting body of the Institute for Credentialing Excellence. By obtaining this accreditation for its certification, the NCCPT joins an elite group of more than 120 organizations with over 270 programs that have been accredited by the NCCA.

ABOUT THE EXAM

Eligibility Criteria (qualifications needed in order to be able to sit for the exam)

Applicants must be at least 18 years of age prior to applying to take the certification exam for the certification or they must have a signed parental consent form from their legal guardian. Applicants must also show proof of a valid CPR card in order to sit for the exam. The NCCPT recommends that you adequately prepare before attempting your exam and will provide a list of open resources you can utilize to prepare. A list of open resources you can utilize to prepare is available through NCCA.

What you need to bring with you on the day of the exam

  • You must be at least 18 years of age to take the exam, or you must provide written permission from your legal guardian.
  • You must show proof of a valid CPR certification (CPR card or certificate of completion).
    NCCPT has partnered with American Safety Institute to give NCCPT candidates a discounted rate on CPR/AED. Please visit our CPR page (https://www.issaonline.com/certification/cpr/) for more information on CPR.
  • A government issued photo ID (such as a driver's license, passport, military ID, etc.) is required to take the exam. For more information go to our Candidate Handbook. Please make sure the name on your government issued ID matches the name in your NCCPT account. The testing center will check this.

Registration

You have six months from the date of purchase to take your exam. If you do not take the exam within six months, a course extension will need to be purchased in order to be eligible for the exam. If you are unsuccessful in your attempt to pass the exam, retakes are available for an additional fee.

REGISTER FOR YOUR EXAM NOW!! To register to sit for your certification exam, please visit https://www.nccpt.com/register

What's On The Exam

The NCCPT NCCA accredited certification exams are 140 multiple choice questions. 125 questions are graded (scored on the exam) and 15 questions are field items (pre-test, not scored on the exam).

The exam questions are available in five languages: [list languages]
View a list of the exams' content

Exam Results

A pass or fail result will be provided upon completion of the administrated exam.

Only candidates who achieve a passing score on their final exam(s) will obtain the certification. View candidate handbook for more information. https://www.nccpt.com/data/pdf/candidate-handbook.product-card-info

Canceling or Rescheduling the Exam

When cancelling or rescheduling your exam, the following timetable applies. Any fees will be collected by NCCPT's testing partner, Prometric from the candidate.

Cancellation/Reschedule Period Cancellation/Reschedule Fee
30 days or more before test date none
5-29 days before test date $25
Less than 5 days before test date, or
Failure to appear for scheduled test, or
Arrival more than 30 minutes after the scheduled start time for the test (admission refused)
Full test delivery fee for the canceled/rescheduled test

Testing Information

  • The NCCPT NCCA accredited certification Final Exams are 140 multiple choice questions. 125 questions are graded and 15 questions are field items. The Certified Personal Trainer (CPT), Certified Group Exercise Instructor (CGxI), Certified Yoga Instructor (CYI), Certified Indoor Cycling Instructor (CICI) and/or the Certified Strength Training Specialist (CSTS) are all NCCA accredited. For a list of the exam(s) content click here.
  • Only candidates who achieve a passing score on their final exam(s) will obtain the certification and must use the designation for the certification they passed. CPT is for Certified Personal Trainer, CGxI is for Certified Group Exercise Instructor, CICI is for Certified Indoor Cycling Instructor, CYI is for Certified Yoga Instructor and CSTS is for Certified Strength Training Specialist.
  • All NCCA accredited certifications must be tested at a PROMETRIC Testing Center.
  • You have two hours to complete the final certification exam.
  • A pass or fail result will be provided upon completion.
  • If you fail the exam you must purchase a retake exam prior to retesting.
  • There is a mandatory 72 hour waiting period between exam attempts.
  • The exam is NOT open book/open notes.
  • You have six months from the date of purchase to take your exam. If you do not take the exam within six months, a course extension will need to be purchased in order to be eligible for the exam.
  • You must be at least 18 years of age to take the exam, or you must provide written permission from your legal guardian.
  • A valid CPR card (or certificate of completion) and government issued photo ID (such as a driver's license, passport, military ID, etc.) is required to take the exam. For more information go to our Candidate Handbook at https://www.nccpt.com/data/pdf/candidate-handbook.pdf. Please visit our CPR page for more information on CPR. Please make sure the name on your government issued ID matches the name in your NCCPT account. The testing center will check this.
  • Other than purchasing the exam, there are no prerequisites to take the exam(s). The NCCPT recommends that you adequately prepare before attempting your exam(s) the first time. We will even provide you with a list of open resources you can utilize to prepare.
  • Special Accommodations Requests - NCCPT CB complies with the Americans with Disabilities Act of 1990 (ADA) and other applicable laws and regulations. The NCCPT CB will review and accommodate requests from qualified candidates with a diagnosed disability for accommodations to take a Final Exam if the request is reasonable, does not fundamentally alter the examination or jeopardize exam security. Once approved by the board, the NCCPT CB will then inform the NCCPT to make arrangements with PROMETRIC. Prometric will then charge additional fees based on the candidate's special needs. Special accommodations may need to be properly documented and/or proper evidence provided by a physician, health care professional or government agency, Proctors should make every effort to assist in the accommodation and examination needs of candidates with disabilities. If a candidate appears to be having difficulty taking an examination, the Proctor should inquire if there is anything that can be done to improve the candidate's examination experience. Actions such as adjusting the contrast of the monitor, adjusting the chair height, or adjusting the screen angle should be undertaken immediately. To request a special accommodation, contact the NCCPT CB for assistance at 800.778.6060 and/or submit this form https://www.nccpt.com/data/pdf/request-for-special-accommodations.pdf to [email protected]
  • A valid CPR card (or certificate of completion) and government issued photo ID is required to take the exam. NCCPT has partnered with American Safety Institute to give NCCPT Students a discounted rate on CPR/AED.

Exam Content Outline for the NCCPT Certified Personal Trainer Examination (CPT)

  1. Health Assessment - 22%
    • Forms and Documents
    • Postural Assessment
    • Injury Prevention
    • Emergency Procedures
    • Special Population
  2. Kinesiology - 11%
    • Anatomy
    • Functional Anatomy
    • Anatomical Terms
  3. Exercise Physiology - 12%
    • Energy Systems
    • Muscle Physiology
    • Physiological Changes
    • Endocrine Systems
  4. Nutrition - 11%
    • Macro & Micronutrients
    • Client Dietary Assessment
    • Ergogenic Aids and Supplements
    • Meal Planning
    • Understanding Nutritional Labels
  5. Exercise Application - 23%
    • Biomechanics
    • Program Design
    • Program Implementation
    • Flexibility
    • Cardiovascular
    • Proprioception
  6. Business Training - 13%
    • Scope of Practice
    • Ethics
    • Ethics
    • Marketing
    • Selling
  7. Emergency Procedures - 8%
    • Evaluating & Preventing Hazards
    • When to Call 911
    • First Aid Procedures

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