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2013 Personal Training Certification Guide
2013 Personal Training Certification Guide
2013 Personal Training Certification Guide
2013 Personal Training Certification Guide
2013 Personal Training Certification Guide
2013 Personal Training Certification Guide
2013 Personal Training Certification Guide
2013 Personal Training Certification Guide
2013 Personal Training Certification Guide
2013 Personal Training Certification Guide
2013 Personal Training Certification Guide
2013 Personal Training Certification Guide
2013 Personal Training Certification Guide
2013 Personal Training Certification Guide
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2013 Personal Training Certification Guide

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One of the first steps to becoming a qualified personal trainer is to get a recognized Personal Training certification. A qualified personal trainer must learn the fundamentals of fitness, human …

One of the first steps to becoming a qualified personal trainer is to get a recognized Personal Training certification. A qualified personal trainer must learn the fundamentals of fitness, human physiology, the science of movement and the fundamentals of appropriate program design to be effective in their chosen career.

Organizations that provide a high level of certification and education for personal trainers include (in alphabetical order):

ACTION Personal Training Certification (ACTION)
American College of Sports Medicine (ACSM)
American Council on Exercise (ACE)
Canadian Fitness Professionals (CanFitPro)
International Fitness Professionals Association (IFPA)
International Sports Sciences Association (ISSA)
National Academy of Sports Medicine (NASM)
National Council on Strength and Fitness (NCSF)
National Exercise and Sports Trainers Association (NESTA)
National Federation of Personal Trainers (NFPT)
National Personal Training Institute (NPTI)
National Strength and Conditioning Association (NSCA)

This presentation outlines the certification offerings of the organizations listed above. The slides include information on the organization, certification requirements and examination information. Additional information about each of the sites listed can be accessed using the websites provided in each chart.

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  • 1. Presented by2013PERSONALTRAININGCERTIFICATIONGUIDEEssential Guide toPersonal Trainer Certifications& Recognized Providers
  • 2. Presented by2013 PERSONAL TRAINING CERTIFICATION GUIDE* Information is subject to change without notice. *NAME ACTION Personal Trainer CertificationWEBSITE www.actioncertification.orgESTABLISHED 2010CERTIFICATION Certified Personal Trainer (CPT)COURSE LOCATION(S) OnlineCOURSE DURATION Online classes (approx. 20 hours)COURSE COST $65 USD or FREE optionMATERIALS COST IncludedPREREQUISITE(S) NoneEXAM COST IncludedRETEST COST $35 USDEXAM DURATION 1.5 hoursEXAM QUESTIONS 100EXAM LOCATIONS OnlineTIME (course + exam) 2 to 3 months
  • 3. Presented by2013 PERSONAL TRAINING CERTIFICATION GUIDE* Information is subject to change without notice. *NAME American College of Sports MedicineWEBSITE www.acsm.orgESTABLISHED 1954CERTIFICATION Certified Personal Trainer (CPT)COURSE LOCATION(S) United States (major cities)COURSE DURATION 1 day workshop, 3 day course, or 6 session webinarCOURSE COST $129 USD, $375 USD, or $240 USDMATERIALS COST $135 USDPREREQUISITE(S) High School Diploma, Adult CPR CertificateEXAM COST $219 USD (members); $279 USD (non-members)RETEST COST $150 USDEXAM DURATION 2.5 hoursEXAM QUESTIONS 120 scored + 30 unscoredEXAM LOCATIONS WorldwideTIME (course + exam) 4 to 9 months
  • 4. Presented by2013 PERSONAL TRAINING CERTIFICATION GUIDE* Information is subject to change without notice. *NAME American Council on ExerciseWEBSITE www.acefitness.orgESTABLISHED 1985CERTIFICATION Personal TrainerCOURSE LOCATION(S) United States (major cities)COURSE DURATION 2 daysCOURSE COST $399 USDMATERIALS COST IncludedPREREQUISITE(S) 18 years old, Adult CPR/AED CertificateEXAM COST $219 USD (pencil/paper); $249 USD (computer)RETEST COST $135 USD (pencil/paper); $184 USD (computer)EXAM DURATION 3 hoursEXAM QUESTIONS 150EXAM LOCATIONS WorldwideTIME (course + exam) 3 to 6 months
  • 5. Presented by2013 PERSONAL TRAINING CERTIFICATION GUIDE* Information is subject to change without notice. *NAME Canadian Fitness ProfessionalsWEBSITE www.canfitpro.comESTABLISHED 1993CERTIFICATION Personal Training Specialist (PTS)COURSE LOCATION(S) Canada (major cities)COURSE DURATION 27 hoursCOURSE COST $449 CDN (member); $573 (non-member)MATERIALS COST IncludedPREREQUISITE(S) 16 years old, Adult CPR CertificateEXAM COST IncludedRETEST COST $75 CDNEXAM DURATION 3 hoursEXAM QUESTIONS 100EXAM LOCATIONS Canada (major cities)TIME (course + exam) 4 to 6 weeks
  • 6. Presented by2013 PERSONAL TRAINING CERTIFICATION GUIDE* Information is subject to change without notice. *NAME International Fitness Professional AssociationWEBSITE www.ifpa-fitness.comESTABLISHED 1994CERTIFICATION Certified Personal Trainer (CPT)COURSE LOCATION(S) United States (major cities)COURSE DURATION 2 daysCOURSE COST $399 to $459 USDMATERIALS COST IncludedPREREQUISITE(S) High School Diploma, Adult CPR CertificateEXAM COST IncludedRETEST COST $79 USDEXAM DURATION 2.5 hoursEXAM QUESTIONS 100EXAM LOCATIONS WorldwideTIME (course + exam) 3 to 6 months
  • 7. Presented by2013 PERSONAL TRAINING CERTIFICATION GUIDE* Information is subject to change without notice. *NAME International Sports Sciences AssociationWEBSITE www.issaonline.eduESTABLISHED 1988CERTIFICATION Certified Fitness Trainer (CFT) - Self PacedCOURSE LOCATION(S) OnlineCOURSE DURATION 10 weeks (or undergraduate course option)COURSE COST $624 to $925 USDMATERIALS COST IncludedPREREQUISITE(S) High School Diploma, Adult CPR CertificateEXAM COST Not applicableRETEST COST $50 USD (first retest is FREE)EXAM DURATION Not availableEXAM QUESTIONS Not availableEXAM LOCATIONS Online & United States (locations)TIME (course + exam) Up to 8 months (to complete the course)
  • 8. Presented by2013 PERSONAL TRAINING CERTIFICATION GUIDE* Information is subject to change without notice. *NAME National Academy of Sports MedicineWEBSITE www.nasm.orgESTABLISHED 1987CERTIFICATION Certified Personal Trainer (CPT)COURSE LOCATION(S) United States (select cities)COURSE DURATION 2 daysCOURSE COST $629 to $799 USDMATERIALS COST IncludedPREREQUISITE(S) High School Diploma, Adult CPR/AED CertificateEXAM COST IncludedRETEST COST $199 USDEXAM DURATION 2 hoursEXAM QUESTIONS 120EXAM LOCATIONS United States (major cities)TIME (course + exam) 4 to 6 months
  • 9. Presented by2013 PERSONAL TRAINING CERTIFICATION GUIDE* Information is subject to change without notice. *NAME National Council on Strength and FitnessWEBSITE www.ncsf.orgESTABLISHED 1999CERTIFICATION Certified Personal Trainer (CPT)COURSE LOCATION(S) United States (major cities)COURSE DURATION 2 days (or extended school option)COURSE COST $309 USDMATERIALS COST IncludedPREREQUISITE(S) NoneEXAM COST $199 USDRETEST COST $135 USDEXAM DURATION 3 hoursEXAM QUESTIONS 150EXAM LOCATIONS United States and Canada (400 locations)TIME (course + exam) 4 to 6 months
  • 10. Presented by2013 PERSONAL TRAINING CERTIFICATION GUIDE* Information is subject to change without notice. *NAME National Exercise and Sports Trainers AssociationWEBSITE www.nestacertified.comESTABLISHED 1992CERTIFICATION Personal Fitness Trainer (PFT)COURSE LOCATION(S) United States (major cities)COURSE DURATION 2 daysCOURSE COST $648 USD (w/POLAR watch); $449 USD (no watch)MATERIALS COST IncludedPREREQUISITE(S) 18 years old, High School Diploma (or equivalent)EXAM COST $199 USDRETEST COST $95 USDEXAM DURATION 2 hoursEXAM QUESTIONS 100EXAM LOCATIONS United States (major cities)TIME (course + exam) 4 to 6 weeks
  • 11. Presented by2013 PERSONAL TRAINING CERTIFICATION GUIDE* Information is subject to change without notice. *NAME National Federation of Personal TrainingWEBSITE www.nfpt.comESTABLISHED 1988CERTIFICATION Certified Personal Trainer (CPT)COURSE LOCATION(S) United States (major cities)COURSE DURATION 2 daysCOURSE COST $579 USD (full package); $329 USD (exam only)MATERIALS COST IncludedPREREQUISITE(S) High School Diploma, 2+ years fitness experienceEXAM COST $44 USDRETEST COST $60 USDEXAM DURATION 2 hoursEXAM QUESTIONS 120EXAM LOCATIONS Worldwide (350 locations)TIME (course + exam) 2 to 6 months
  • 12. Presented by2013 PERSONAL TRAINING CERTIFICATION GUIDE* Information is subject to change without notice. *NAME National Personal Training InstituteWEBSITE www.nptifitness.comESTABLISHED 2000CERTIFICATION Diploma in Personal Training + NASM-CPTCOURSE LOCATION(S) United States and Canada (30+ locations)COURSE DURATION 500 hoursCOURSE COST $5900 to $6300 USDMATERIALS COST IncludedPREREQUISITE(S) High School Diploma, US Citizen/Green CardEXAM COST $199 USDRETEST COST $135 USDEXAM DURATION 3 hoursEXAM QUESTIONS 150EXAM LOCATIONS United States and Canada (400 locations)TIME (course + exam) 4 to 12 months
  • 13. Presented by2013 PERSONAL TRAINING CERTIFICATION GUIDE* Information is subject to change without notice. *NAME National Strength and Conditioning AssociationWEBSITE www.nsca-lift.orgESTABLISHED 1993CERTIFICATION NSCA-Certified Personal Trainer (NSCA-CPT)COURSE LOCATION(S) Worldwide (limited cities); online exam (US only)COURSE DURATION Not applicableCOURSE COST Not applicableMATERIALS COST Up to $468 USDPREREQUISITE(S) High School Diploma, Adult CPR/AED CertificationEXAM COST$235 to $405 USD (written)$285 to $420 USD (computer-based)RETEST COST$185 to $355 USD (written)$235 to $370 USD (computer-based)EXAM DURATION 3 hoursEXAM QUESTIONS 140EXAM LOCATIONS Worldwide (written), United States (computer)TIME (course + exam) 4 to 9 months
  • 14. Presented by2013 PERSONAL TRAINING CERTIFICATION GUIDE* Information is subject to change without notice. *THANK YOU!For more information visitwww.todaysfitnesstrainer.com

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