The National Council for Certified Personal Trainers (NCCPT) has been supplying the fitness industry with certified fitness professionals for over twenty years! NCCPT currently offers five certifications that are accredited by the National Commission for Certifying Agencies (NCCA). To get certified, students must achieve a passing score on the NCCA-accredited NCCPT certification exam. Certifications are valid for two years. During that time, certificants must obtain continuing education units (CEUs) and pay a renewal fee in order to remain certified. The NCCPT NCCA-accredited certifications are recognized at all the major health club chains in the United States and Canada.
Certified Personal Trainer Exam
Certified Group Exercise Instructor Exam
Certified Indoor Cycling Instructor Exam
Certified Yoga Instructor Exam
Certified Strength Training Specialist Exam
Extension - Adds six months from the date of exam expiration
Exam Retake - Maximum three attempts within a 12-month period. Please review wait period policy between exam attempts. See Candidate Handbook
Renewal - One certification
Renewal - Two or more certifications
Late Renewal - Up to 30 days late
$25 additional fee
3rd Party CEU Petition Fee - All non-ISSA or NCCPT CEUs
$25 per course submitted
Prometric Exam Proctor - Test delivery fee
Cancellation/Reschedule - 30 days or more before test date
Cancellation/Reschedule - 5-29 days before test date
Cancellation/Reschedule - Less than 5 days before test date, failure to appear for scheduled test, or arrival more than 30 minutes after the scheduled start time for the test (admission refused)
$79 (Full test delivery fee)
Fees are subject to change. Information updated March 30, 2023.
* NCCPT-CSTS, NCCPT-CYI, NCCPT-CGxI and NCCPT-CICI Candidates should plan to complete these exams by May 31, 2024. Extension may not extend past May 31, 2024.
The National Council for Certified Personal Trainers (NCCPT) is a subsidiary of ISSA. The NCCPT functions autonomously from the ISSA with regard to the establishment and refinement of all essential decisions governing the NCCPT certification programs. This includes but is not limited to, certification eligibility requirements, recertification requirements, disciplinary determinations, examination development, examination administration, examination scoring, and selection of subject matter experts. The NCCPT Certification Board (CB) has final decision-making authority over the complete examination development cycle, which includes practice analysis (i.e., job analysis or role delineation), exam content outline, item writing, item review, development of exam forms, standard setting (i.e., cut score study), exam administration, exam scoring, candidate score reporting, and data analysis and exam technical reports. The NCCPT shall function autonomously with respect to its credentialing criteria, policies and procedures, administration, time, place, and frequency of its meetings, election of officers and members, and all other lawful activities.
The NCCPT shall have no role in developing exam review materials, educational resources or conducting educational programs that may be used by candidates pursuing successful completion of the certification program.
The NCCPT CB develops and administers certification programs: Certified Personal Trainer (CPT), Certified Group Exercise Instructor (CGxI), Certified Indoor Cycling Instructor (CICI), Certified Yoga Instructor (CYI) and/or Certified Strength Training Specialist (CSTS).
When you order any NCCPT (or NCCPT affiliate) educational or business program, you accept and agree to adhere to the NCCPT Code of Ethics. You hereby certify that the information given to NCCPT is true, complete and correct. You acknowledge that if any of this information is later determined to be false, NCCPT reserves the right to revoke any certification or certificate that has been granted by the NCCPT or any of its affiliates. You further acknowledge that NCCPT certification or certificate does not certify or in any way guarantee the quality of your work as an NCCPT-certified professional. You therefore agree to indemnify and hold harmless NCCPT, its officers, directors and staff from any claims due to negligent acts, omissions, or faulty advice that you may give to clients as a NCCPT certified professional. You further recognize that NCCPT is not responsible for any actions or damages incurred or taken by any person arising out of your work, intentions or actions as a NCCPT certified professional.
As an NCCPT Certified Fitness Professional you must recognize the importance of a set standard and scope of professional and ethical conduct in providing training services to clientele and the general public. Professional and ethical concerns or issues arise when professionalism and ethics are either not known or not fully understood. The NCCPT Code of Ethics represents a professional standard that must be upheld at all times when performing the duties of a fitness professional.
Candidates who receive the NCCPT-CPT and/or NCCPT-CGxI certification are included in the US Registry of Exercise Professionals and International Confederation of Registers for Exercise Professionals. Visit the USREPs and iCREPS websites for portability information for these credentials.
Both the NCCPT and I, would personally like to thank the following Subject Matter Experts who donated their valuable time and shared their expertise to make our certifications the best they can be. Creating a certification exam is a long, arduous process, and without the following people, we would not have been able to accomplish this.
My most sincerest thanks for all you have done to participate and lend your expertise!
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