NSCA-CPT Exam Study Materials

The NSCA-CPT® examination is based upon the critical knowledge, skills, and abilities (KSA’s) needed to safely and effectively work as a personal trainer. These KSA’s are developed following a job analysis and are used to create the NSCA-CPT Detailed Content Outline (DCO). To support individuals seeking certification as a Personal Trainer, the NSCA has developed several optional preparatory materials. The NSCA does not require, provide, or endorse any specific study guides, preparation materials, or review courses. Candidates who choose to use and/or purchase NSCA preparatory materials are not guaranteed a passing score on certification exams offered by the NSCA.

  • NSCA-CPT Study Guide | This guide will provide a better understanding of the exam, exam development, exam format, method of scoring, and best recommendations for studying.
  • NSCA-CPT Quizzes and Practice Test | Individual domain quizzes and a full-length practice test provide candidates exposure to the content being assessed as well as the type and difficulty of questions found on the NSCA-CPT certification exam. 
  • Exercise Technique Manual, 4ed | This book includes links to online videos demonstrating the performance of a variety of free weight and machine exercises.
  • Essentials of Personal Training, 3ed | A great resource for students and practicing strength and conditioning professionals. This comprehensive resource explains the key theories, concepts, and scientific principles of strength training and conditioning as well as their direct application to athletic competition and performance.
    • Individuals can select to bundle the text with the Human Kinetics online study course that provides a guided reading plan.



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