Recertification ensures that qualified professionals maintain entry level guidelines by participating in approved continuing education programs. Continuing education programs are intended to promote continued competence, development of knowledge and skills, and enhancement of professional skills and judgment beyond the levels required for entry-level practice.

CERTIFY FOR LIFE: NASM offers the opportunity to Certify for Life! NASM Certify for Life gives NASM Certified Personal Trainers (NASM-CPT) the opportunity to avoid renewal fees with a one-time fee of $299. Can you afford to wait?*Learn More!

*Every 2 years, NASM-CPTs are required to show proof of 2.0 CEUs, current CPR/AED and submit a recertification application.
NASM-CPT Recertification

How often do I need to recertify?

To support NASM’s commitment to protect health and safety, the NASM-CPT certification must be recertified every two (2) years. This ensures that NASM-CPT professionals are current with the best-practice guidelines and the specific knowledge, skills, and abilities described in the most recent Job Analysis Study.

What are the NASM-CPT recertification requirements?

NASM CPTs are required to maintain their current CPR and AED certifications as well as earn 2.0 CEUs (20 hours) of approved continuing education that focuses on:

  • increasing knowledge, skills, and abilities in the areas of client 

  • assessment

  • exercise technique

  • program design

  • nutrition

  • client relations and administration

  • professional practice and responsibility

For additional information on what is approved for CEUs, please review the CPT Recertification Application (PDF, 769K.) To locate NASM-approved CEUs, visit the NASM Store or our Board of Certification (BOC) page for a list of NASM-approved CEU providers.

See a list of continuing education opportunities.

How do I recertify?

  • Complete the CPT Recertification Application (PDF,769K) and CEU Petition Application (PDF, 132K)

  • Include documentation of continuing education activities completed (e.g., copies of CEU certificates of completion). A total of 2.0 NASM-approved CEUs are required.

  • Include a copy of the front and back of your adult CPR and AED certification

  • Include the recertification fee of $99* plus a $30 late fee if the application is up to three months late or Certify for Life.

  • *If you purchased the "Certify for Life" program, the $99 recertification fee is waived for as long as your certification is maintained.

  • Mail all items prior to your certification expiration date to:
    NASM Board of Certification
    1750 E. Northrop Blvd., Suite 200
    Chandler, AZ 85286-1744

**Please note payments and applications are processed separately. Payments are processed immediately upon receipt. Recertification applications may take 4-6 weeks to be approved to ensure a thorough evaluation of all submissions in order to maintain the highest standards for the benefit of all NASM-CPTs.

If you cannot find an answer to your question on this website, please feel free to contact the Board of Certification (NASM BOC) at 1.800.460.6276 Option 3 or chat with a member service representative now.

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