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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.

NCCA ACCREDITATION

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).
    Please visit the ISSA CPR page 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 the NCCPT 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 twelve months from the date of purchase to take your exam. If you do not take the exam within twelve 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.

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).

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 here for more information.

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 twelve months from the date of purchase to take your exam. If you do not take the exam within twelve 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.
  • 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 the NCCPT Candidate Handbook. 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 to [email protected]
  • A valid CPR card (or certificate of completion) and government issued photo ID is required to take the exam. Click here to purchase your CPR/AED.

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

  1. Applied Science (Anatomy, Kinesiology, Physiology) - 25%
    • Anatomy
      • Apply basic knowledge of the muscular system (e.g., fascia, tendons, muscles)
      • Apply basic knowledge of the nervous system (e.g., CNS, PNS)
      • Apply basic knowledge of the skeletal system (e.g., bones, ligaments)
    • Functional Anatomy
      • Identify primary mover vs. secondary mover (e.g., agonist, antagonist, synergist)
      • Identify the muscle groups involved in exercises and relate the muscle groups with specific exercises
      • Identify anatomical locations (e.g., anterior, posterior, lateral)
      • Identify common muscle-injury relationships
      • Differentiate between types of joints
      • Analyze how the muscular and skeletal systems work together to perform movement
      • Evaluate the relationship between the joints and muscles during exercise
      • Recognize the major kinetic chains (e.g., foot/ankle, knee, hip, shoolder, neck)
    • Biomechanics (study of human motion)
      • Identify planes of motion (e.g., frontal, sagittal, transverse)
      • Identify joint motions and muscle actions (e.g., abduction, extension, flexion, concentric, eccentric, isometric)
      • Identify how mechanical principles apply to the human body (e.g., range of motion, angles, levers)
    • Energy Systems
      • Explain how the body uses fuel and creates energy (e.g., calorie intake/output, Basal Metabolic Rate [BMR] vs. Total Daily Energy Expenditure [TDEE])
      • Identify the different energy systems of the body
      • Explain the benefits of anerobic and aerobic training
    • Physiology
      • Identify the physiological changes or benefits that result from exercise
      • Identify the physiological response when performing exercise (e.g., heart rate, blood pressure, hormonal response)
      • Understand the theory behind muscle movements (e.g., sliding filament theory, all-or-none theory, size principle of motor unit recruitment)
      • Differentiate between muscle fiber types and how they react to exercise
  2. Nutrition - 10%
    • General Nutrition Information
      • Define basic nutritional and dietary guidelines
      • Define the macro- and micro-nutrients and explain how they are used by the body
      • Define the difference between supplements and ergogenic aids (e.g., performance-enhancing drugs, controlled substances)
    • Client Dietary Habits
      • Obtain an understanding of a client's dietary habits
      • Assess shortcomings in a client's diet
      • Assess caloric intake relative to client needs
    • Nutritional Guidance
      • Offer basic nutritional education and guidance
      • Educate clients regarding food labels and portion size
      • Educate clients regarding current diet trends (e.g., fasting, fad diets)
      • Educate clients regarding supplements and ergogenic aids (e.g., performance-enhancing drugs, controlled substances)
  3. Intake and Ongoing Evaluation - 15%
    • Collect and review all necessary documentation (e.g., medical release, medical history, liability waiver)
    • Conduct a basic fitness assessment (e.g., postural, performance, movement, strength, cardiovascular, flexibility, body composition)
    • Interpret results of all assessments in relation to client goals (e.g., comparison to the general population, initial assessment vs. ongoing assessments)
  4. Program Design and Implementation - 25%
    • Principles of Program Design
      • Apply principles of specificity for clients to achieve goals (e.g., hypertrophy, cardiovascular endurance, lean body mass changes)
      • Evaluate and integrate applications of general adaptation syndrome
      • Identify when to apply undulating vs. linear periodization
    • Program Design Activities
      • Design a balanced, functional program that includes the basic components of fitness
      • Apply injury prevention protocols in program design (e.g., static and dynamic stretching, foam rolling, warm-up and cool-down protocols)
      • Apply differential variables or training techniques (e.g., intensity and volume, frequency, repetition range, sets, rest, time under tension, tempo)
      • Apply findings of fitness assessment to program design (e.g., equipment selection, movement/exercise selection)
    • Program Implementation
      • Implement and adjust exercise program based on client's goals (e.g., training and check-in schedules)
      • Recommend training modifications for special populations (e.g., prenatal, youth, arthritic, hypertensive)
      • Identify and develop specific techniques (e.g., regressions, progressions, modifications) to match the ability level of the client
      • Counsel the client regarding flexibility, range of motion practices (e.g., static and dynamic stretching, foam rolling)
      • Evaluate the client's cardiovascular health in order to help reach client's goals
  5. Exercise Selection, Technique, and Training Instruction - 15%
    • Correcting Technique
      • Educate client regarding technique and form (e.g., coaching cues)
      • Correct technique on kinetic chain checkpoints (e.g., correct posture, use verbal and non-verbal cues)
      • Correct muscular imbalance and incorrect posture and technique
    • Monitor Client
      • Evaluate client's progress using multiple measures (e.g., energy level, sleep quality, changes in appearance/measurements)
      • Apply coaching cues to evaluate client's technique and form (e.g., range of motion, intensity, speed, symmetry)
      • Inform client regarding recovery, rest, over-training, and when to stop exercising
      • Monitor and modify intensity during cardiovascular activity based on the client's physical abilities
  6. Professional Practice and Responsibility - 10%
    • Scope of Practice
      • Recognize professional duties and responsibilities as outlined by the sanctioning organization (e.g., punctuality, appearance, hygiene, safety, keeping current with practice)
      • Recognize when to refer clients to others (e.g., outside resources, other colleagues, medical professionals)
      • Recognize current and evolving technology trends to train and communicate with client based on client's needs
      • Motivate and educate clients to pursue and continue a healthy lifestyle
    • Ethics
      • Recognize ethical boundaries (e.g., sexual harassment, fraternization outside session hours)
      • Evaluate applications of codes of conduct (e.g., conflicts of interest, discussing sensitive subjects)
    • Legal
      • Recognize liability and insurance policies/practices
      • Ensure contract terms and cancellation policies are clear to the client
    • Marketing and Selling
      • Apply various means of market and communication with the intent to sell personal training services (e.g., text, emails, phone calls, friends and family referrals, websites, email campaigns, social media)
      • Build and nurture relationships in order to retain clients
    • Trainer and Client Safety
      • Follow safety checklist; active, ongoing monitoring of client during session
      • Proactively identify risk indicators (e.g., awareness of environment, trip hazards, cleaning and sanitization according to current public health recommendations)
      • Apply proper procedure to document incident reports
      • Apply emergency event protocols (e.g., know when to call 911, activate EMS)
      • Locate and use emergency tools (e.g., first-aid kit, AED, fire extinguisher, emergency exit locations)

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