Become an NSCA-Certified Personal Trainer® (NSCA-CPT®)
  • Become an NSCA-Certified Personal Trainer® (NSCA-CPT®)
    NSCA-Certified Personal Trainers® (NSCA-CPT)® are health/fitness professionals who use an individualized approach to train clients for the primary goal of improving their personal health and fitness. Learn more about becoming a certified personal trainer with the NSCA's CPT certification! Visit for information on personal trainer jobs, personal training certifications, personal trainer insurance and continuing education as you pursue one of the best personal trainer certifications.
  • Become a Strength and Conditioning Coach

    NSCA-Certified Personal Trainers (NSCA-CPT®) are health/fitness professionals who, using an individualized approach, assess, motivate, educate and train clients regarding their personal health and fitness needs. Certified personal trainers design safe and effective exercise programs, provide the guidance to help clients achieve their personal health/fitness goals, and respond appropriately in emergency situations. Recognizing their own area of expertise, a personal trainer will refer clients to other health care professionals when appropriate.

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    Register for the NSCA-CPT Exam

    Download the NSCA Certification Handbook (PDF), developed to provide certification candidates and certificants with the information needed to earn and maintain certification through the NSCA.

    NSCA-Certified Personal Trainer® Exam Testing Format

    All NSCA English language exams, within the United States and internationally, are administered by Pearson VUE testing centers.

    After you have registered to take an exam, you will receive an email from Pearson VUE within 2-3 business days. The email will contain instructions on how to schedule your exam. At that time, you will select the date, time and location you wish to take your exam. Exams must be taken within 120 days of registering.

    To locate the nearest Pearson VUE testing center near you, visit

    NSCA-Certified Personal Trainer® Exam Registration Fee  

        Member Rate*     Non-Member Rate 
    Registration Fee   $300     $435

    NSCA Members save money when registering for exams. Interested in becoming an NSCA Member? Learn more about membership and how it can benefit you!