The Trainer Academy
CPT Certification

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Why Choose The Trainer Academy CPT?


NCCA Accreditation

The Trainer Academy CPT is scheduled for full accreditation by fall 2023 through the National Commission for Certifying Agencies. The NCCA is considered the “gold standard” accreditation organization for fitness certifications. This accreditation demonstrates to potential clients and employers that you have the knowledge necessary to safely and effectively train clients to reach their fitness goals.


First 500 Applications Get The CPT Program For Free

Become one of our founding applicants to receive the entire Trainer Academy CPT program, including the exam fee and all study materials, 100% free. Enrollment for the free certification is still open but is filling up quickly.


Lifetime Access To CoachesOnline App

In addition to getting the entire CPT program for no cost, the first 500 applicants receive free lifetime free access to Coaches Online Premium Personal Trainer Software. Whether you plan to train clients at the gym or online, this app is the go-to choice. With over 1000 preloaded exercise options and complete exercise customization, if you are serious about becoming a lucrative trainer at the gym or online, this app is for you. To be released in Q2 2023.

Why Are We Offering The CPT Textbook For Free?

Unlike other certifying organizations, Trainer Academy provides the core Trainer Academy CPT Textbook for free. As we affirm in our Mission Statement, one of the primary purposes of the Trainer Academy CPT is to reduce the financial barriers for certification to allow students from diverse socioeconomic and cultural backgrounds access to the resources they need to not only pass the certification exam, but also exceed the knowledge and skill standards set by other industry-leading certifications.

Requirements To Qualify For
Trainer Academy’s CPT

Exam Requirements

Be 18+ years of age Hold a high school diploma or GED Be CPR/AED certified

CPT Features

2024 curriculum based on the latest scientific research Complete skillset for training clients on day one Includes practical business & sales skills on top of training

Important Information

Purpose of Certification

The Trainer Academy CPT recognize individuals who have demonstrated entry-level knowledge and skill in personal training. Trainer Academy CPTs practice in a variety of settings including but not limited to gyms, health clubs, fitness studios, health care facilities, private studios, etc.

Individuals who earn the CPT credential have demonstrated knowledge of the professional domains that encompass the tasks and knowledge required of a personal fitness trainer in various practice settings.

Our mission is to remove the financial barriers associated with the other fitness certifications that keep qualified, motivated aspiring trainers from starting their fitness career.

Candidate Handbook

The Trainer Academy CPT Candidate Handbook outlines all the information related to earning and maintaining certification.

Candidates should read the handbook prior to applying for certification.

The handbook is available online here.

Eligibility requirements

All individuals seeking certification must meet the established eligibility requirements in effect at the time of application and pass the examination to be certified.

  • 18+ years old
  • High school diploma or GED
  • CPR/AED certification

Applicants for certification must attest to meeting the eligibility requirements during the application process.

Applicants must provide evidence (documentation) of current CPR / AED certification.

Incomplete applications will be returned to the applicant who may address the deficiencies and resubmit the application for review, adhering to established application deadlines.

Trainer Academy reserves the right to verify any information provided on the application and/or as part of the application process.

Application information

To apply for certification, candidates must complete and submit the online application. Candidates must complete each application section in full before clicking submit.

Applications will only be reviewed after all information has been completed and payment has been processed.

Trainer Academy will audit approximately 5% of applications to confirm the requirements are met.

Exam Information

The Trainer Academy CPT examination consists of 135 multiple-choice questions (110 scored questions and 25 non-scored, pretest questions).

Pretesting is conducted to evaluate the performance of an item before being used as a scored item. Candidates will have three (3) hours to complete the computer-based examination.

The exam covers the topic areas detailed in the content outline.

All exam content is developed based on practice in the United States.

The CPT exam is offered only in English.

The application fee is $199.

The Council works in partnership with its psychometrician to ensure the examination is developed and maintained in a manner consistent with generally accepted psychometric and testing practices for certification programs.

The content of the exam is based on the most recent Job Analysis study completed in 2022.

Preparing for the CPT Exam

The Certification Council’s role is in developing and administering certification examinations to determine the qualifications of candidates for certification.

The Council does not require, provide, accredit, or endorse any specific study guides, training or review courses, or other examination preparation products.

Council members, certification staff, and certification subject matter experts are not involved in the training candidates for certification.

Candidates are encouraged to review the CPT content outline and identify a study plan using available resources to prepare for the examination.

The content outline is available in the CPT Candidate Handbook here.

Testing Information


The Council will provide reasonable and appropriate testing accommodations in accordance with the Americans with Disabilities Act of 1990, as amended for individuals with documented disabilities who request and demonstrate the need for accommodation as required by law.

Special accommodations must be requested in advance by submitting the Requests for Testing Accommodations Form located in this Candidate Handbook.

Exam Administration

Candidates may take the examination through live, remote proctoring via the Pro Proctor platform or at an in-person testing center.

Details and requirements for testing are published in the CPT Candidate Handbook.


Admission to the testing appointment, via live remote proctoring or at a testing center, requires a valid, government issued, photo identification.

To provide a fair and consistent environment for all candidates, the exams are delivered using standardized procedures following strict security protocols.

Review the CPT Candidate Handbook for all security requirements.

Individuals suspected of cheating will be subject to the Council’s disciplinary policies and procedures.

Exam Results

Candidates will receive the results via a secure online portal.

Candidates will receive an email with a link to access the score through an online secure portal.

The CPT Candidate Handbook describes how scores are reported.

Candidates who fail the examination may re-test at any testing site after a 90-day waiting period.

A new application and retest fee must be submitted for each examination attempt.

The candidate may take the exam up to three times in a one-year period.

If the candidate fails the third exam attempt, they must wait one year to re-take the exam again.

Candidates should use the one year period to study the exam content.

Use of Credential

Candidates who meet all eligibility requirements and receive a passing score on their exam will receive Trainer Academy CPT credential.


Individuals credentialed with the Trainer Academy CPT certification are required to recertify by completing 24 hours of continuing education units (CEUs) every 2 years.

Certified trainers have the option to complete this via approved CEU providers, attending approved conferences and webinars, and completing additional online trainings.

Recertification candidates also have the option to take the current form of the CPT exam to recertify.


Reconsideration of Adverse Decisions

Candidates who are notified that they do not meet the eligibility requirements or are denied recertification may appeal this decision by sending an email notice of the appeal to [email protected] within 30 days communication of the adverse decision.

Candidates who fail the exam and believe irregular testing conditions were a contributing factor may appeal the decision within 7 days after receipt of the score report.

Fairness and Non-Discrimination

In administering the certification program, the Council does not discriminate or deny opportunity to anyone on the basis of race, color, creed, age, gender, national origin, religion, disability, marital status, parental status, ancestry, sexual orientation, military discharge status, source of income, or any other status protected by applicable law.


The Council is committed to protecting confidential and/or proprietary information related to applicants; candidates; certificants; and the examination development, maintenance, and administration process.

Information about applicants/certificants and their examination results is considered confidential.

Exam scores will be released only to the individual candidate unless a signed release is provided.

Complaints & Disciplinary Action

In order to maintain and enhance the credibility of the certification program the Council has adopted procedures to allow individuals to bring complaints concerning the conduct of individuals who are candidates or certificants for Trainer Academy CPT certification.

The full policy and procedure for complaints and disciplinary action is included in the Candidate Handbook.

Refer to complete Trainer Academy CPT Handbook HERE

Disclaimer: In compliance with national accrediting standards for certification programs, the Trainer Academy Certification Council is not involved in the development or delivery of review materials for Trainer Academy’s CPT certification examination. The Council does not require candidates for its CPT certification to purchase training materials. Purchase of resources to prepare for the Trainer Academy CPT certification are optional and does not guarantee a passing score on the exam.

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