THE NCCPT-CGxI CERTIFICATION PROGRAM
The National Council for Certified Personal Trainers (NCCPT) Group Exercise Instructor certification (CGxI) 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-CGxI certification program, accredited by the National Commission for 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-CGxI 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 CGxI examination, professionals are able to display their aptitude in each specialized knowledge area of fitness training.
The NCCPT-CGxI 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.
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.
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).
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|
- 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. 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 Group Exercise Instructor Examination (CGxI)
- Class Preparation - 15%
- Check the room/equipment/temperature/ventilation.
- Check floor for moisture/other safety hazards.
- Operate the stereo and/or PA system/audio/video.
- Prepare class format ahead of time.
- Modify class format based on the participants - progression/regression.
- Coordinate tempo or beats per minute for each segment of the class/exercise routine.
- Prepare playlist ahead of time.
- Knowledge of how to use fitness equipment.
- Know the check-in system for participants.
- Know the check-in system for instructors.
- Health Assessment - 8%
- Elicit and interpret client goals.
- Administer and interpret cardiovascular assessments.
- Assess fitness level of individuals in the class.
- Assess quality of movement.
- Inquire about health preconditions.
- Inquire about preexisting injuries.
- Designing a class program - 17%
- Understand how to conduct a proper warm-up.
- Understand the difference between static and dynamic movement.
- Understand how to create a safe conditioning segment.
- Understand how to conduct a proper cool down.
- Understand training principles of the workout.
- Identify the type of the class. (i.e. strength based, kickboxing, step and dance.)
- Identify goals (i.e. speed, agility, power, strength, stability)
- Acute variables (i.e. sets, reps intervals, rest periods, length of time) and how to modify exercises for higher and lower levels.
- How to take progress/regress each exercise in the program.
- Length of class/class segment.
- Consider studio space and available equipment.
- Consider participant demographics.
- Music selection and appropriate volume.
- Emergency Procedures - 7%
- Administer and apply principles of emergency procedures (CPR, AED, first aid)
- Administer and apply principles of environmental emergency procedures (fire, tornado, earthquakes, hurricanes etc.)
- Know how to take steps to ensure injury prevention for your clients.
- Educate clients on ways to avoid re-injury.
- Know the location of emergency equipment.
- Assess participants in class for potential emergencies in response to exercise.
- Class Instruction - 17%
- Use the correct tempo or beats per minute (bpm) for each segment of the class.
- Ensure the music is appropriate for the type of class.
- Know how and when to cue participants in class.
- Know how to motivate participants.
- Ability to engage with participants to create connection.
- Know how to set up stations/equipment in the room.
- Know how to cue and correct proper technique.
- Adjust to various exercise levels and suggest modifications.
- Create a positive, fun atmosphere.
- Instructor introduction, welcome participants and explain class format.
- Acknowledge new participants.
- Explain the benefits of the class.
- Kinesiology - 9%
- Knowledge of gross muscular anatomy.
- Knowledge of gross skeletal anatomy.
- Explain anatomical terms to clients.
- Explain physiological concepts to clients.
- Use knowledge of joint structure and function.
- Understand basic biomechanics.
- Know planes of motion.
- Know the concepts of momentum.
- Explain proper alignment.
- Exercise Physiology - 11%
- Have knowledge of the body's energy systems (aerobic, anaerobic)
- Educate clients on muscles and their functions.
- Understand the physiological changes that may occur as a result of a cardiovasular training program.
- Understand the physiological changes that may occur as a result of a resistance training program.
- Understand the physiological changes that may occur as a result of a flexibility training program.
- Understand recovery and appropriate rest periods.
- Understand the concept of EPOC (excess post oxygen consumption)
- Understand heart rate training and the metabolic effects of the different heart rate zones.(HIIT, Tabata)
- Understand muscle contraction (concentric eccentric isometric)
- Understand muscle fiber type (slow and fast twitch)
- Nutrition - 5%
- A general understanding of macronutrients (carbohydrates, proteins, fats, water).
- A general understanding of micronutrients (vitamins, minerals).
- Suggest healthy food options.
- Know how to read and interpret dietary labels.
- Ethics/Business Practices - 11%
- Maintain ethical, professional and lawful relationships with participants.
- Identify and report code of ethics violations.
- Operate within a legally defined scope of practice (e.g. diagnosing medical conditions, nutritional advice, psychological counseling, etc.)
- Differentiate between various business entities (e.g. employee, independent contractor, partnership, corporation)
- Work within a legal business structure (e.g. license, permits, insurance)
- Use self-care and injury prevention practice.
- Conduct yourself in a professional manner.
- Practice good personal hygiene.
- Be proficient in verbal, audible and kinesthetic communication skills.
- Market and advertise your skills as a Group Exercise instructor.