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Become a NSCA-Certified Personal Trainer (NSCA-CPT)

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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. They 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.

Exam Registration and Scheduling

Exams are administered at hundreds of Pearson VUE testing centers worldwide. 

When you have finished studying and are ready to take the exam, you will need to register for the exam online. Within 2-3 business days after registering, you will receive an Authorization to Test email from Pearson VUE with instructions on how to schedule your exam. At that time, you will be able to select the date, time and location you wish to take your exam. Candidates can view exam appointment availability after registering for the exam. To locate the nearest Pearson VUE testing center click the button below.

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Exams must be taken within 120 days of registering.

  • Exam eligibility start and end dates may differ for exam retakes. After registering for an exam, your eligibility dates will be listed on your Authorization to Test email.

For more details on rescheduling exam appointments and the cancellation policy, refer to the NSCA Certification Handbook (PDF).

NSCA-CPT 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!  

Exam Description and Content

Candidates must pass an exam that will test their knowledge of Client Consultation/Fitness Assessment, Program Planning, Exercise Techniques, and Safety/Emergency Issues. Click to learn more.

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Prerequisites

Candidates must be at least 18 years old, have a high school diploma or an equivalent, and have a current CPR/AED certification. Click below for more information and details on how to submit the required documentation.

Prerequisite Details

Exam Preparation

Since candidates come from wide and varied backgrounds, we offer several different approaches to studying for the exam. Click to learn more.

How to Prepare

Exam Study Materials

We offer a variety of study materials to help candidates prepare for the exam. Click below to see available materials.

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Exam Retake Policies

  • Candidates must wait 90 days to retake an exam from the most recent date the exam was taken. The waiting period is industry standard to ensure adequate preparation.
  • Candidates can register online to retake the exam during the 90 day waiting period (please wait 4-5 business days after a failed exam before registering for a retake).
  • There are no limits to the number of times a candidate may attempt an exam.
  • Candidates do not need to resubmit eligibility documentation unless their CPR/AED certification has lapsed.

Recognized Certified Personal Trainer (RCPT)

The NSCA’s Recognized Certified Personal Trainer (RCPT) Program is a registry of individuals who have demonstrated experience and knowledge in the field of personal training. RCPT’s apply practical, foundational knowledge to assess, motivate, educate, and train clients. The RCPT Program encourages high standards of professional practice and responsibility.

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NSCA-CPT Exam Available in 5 Foreign Languages

NSCA certification exams are provided at any authorized Pearson VUE test center in the world. The CSCS and NSCA-CPT exams are available in Chinese, Italian, Japanese, Korean, and Spanish.

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