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NASM-CPT Exam Information

At NASM your success is our business

we want to help you achieve your career goals as a certified personal trainer. To become certified, you must successfully pass NASM’s NCCA-accredited personal trainer certification exam. Below is what you will need to know about the exam.

To become an NASM-CPT, candidates must meet the following eligibility requirements:

  • Must have a high school diploma or equivalent.
  • Must have current Emergency Cardiac Care (CPR) and Automated External Defibrillator (AED) Certification prior to sitting for the exam (not required to purchase the CPT).
  • You must have a passion for health and fitness and helping others live healthier lives!
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Preparation for the Exam

Complete an NASM-CPT Program

Four industry leading programs to choose from, including the Self-Study, Premium Self-Study, Guided Study, and All Inclusive Program.

Certification Candidate Handbook

The Certification Candidate Handbook is a comprehensive overview of the NASM-CPT certification program and is required reading before taking the exam. The Candidate Handbook covers important topic such as eligibility requirements, the exam outline, expectations and recertification. Read Now!

Study Guide

View our study guide with helpful key highlights, terms and concepts.

CPT Exam Prep Live Workshop

Sharpen your personal training skills and knowledge with the NASM Exam Prep LIVE workshop. This half-day workshop is designed to guide you through key concepts and test preparation skills for the NASM Certified Personal Trainer (CPT) exam. Included are: Exclusive Course Workbooks, Content, Learning Activities and Discussion questions.

Members from the NASM Prep Team will deliver a full lineup of presentations, interactive discussions, and activities covering exercise science, client assessments, exercise technique, program design using the proven Optimum Performance Training™ (OPT™) Model, along with effective test-taking.

View upcoming CPT Exam Prep Live Workshop locations.

Exam Prep Q&A Forum

If you still have questions this is the best and fastest way to get answers. Ask us anything about preparing for your certification exam, our study materials or about succeeding as personal trainer. Ask Now!

Note: Purchase of NASM certification preparation materials is not required in order to become eligible to sit for the CPT exam, and does not guarantee a passing score on the exam.

Taking the Exam

1: Please print and review the NASM Certification Candidate Handbook for information regarding testing procedures.

2: Register for your exam by calling PSI/LaserGrade at 800-733-9267 (USA & Canada). You will be eligible to schedule your exam three (3) business days after signing up with NASM. To register for an exam outside of the USA & Canada, you will need to contact NASM Member Services at 800-460-6276, Option 2. Please allow 4-6 weeks for international scheduling. Students will have 180 days from sign-up date to take exam.

3: When you go to the testing center bring a valid, current government-issued Photo ID and current, valid Emergency Cardiac Care (CPR) and Automated External Defibrillator (AED) certification.*

*CPR/AED certifications are accepted from the American Heart Association, American Red Cross, American Safety and Health Institute, St. John Ambulance, Emergency Care & Safety Institute or Emergency Medical Technician. Before taking your CPR/AED from another provider, please contact NASM.

After the Exam

Once you pass the exam

Once you pass the exam, you will be able to print a temporary certificate from your Account Page after three to five business days. An official certificate will be mailed to you within four weeks of passing the exam.

If you do not pass the exam

If you do not pass the exam, call NASM’s Member Services Department at 800-460-6276 to purchase a retest. Candidates who do not pass the certification exam on the first attempt will be allowed to retake the exam after a 1-week waiting period. If the candidate is unsuccessful after the second attempt, he/she will be required to wait 30 days before retaking the exam. For each repeated failure after the 3rd attempt, candidates will be required to wait a year before attempting to take the exam again.

If you need to cancel or reschedule your exam appointment

If you need to cancel or reschedule your exam appointment, call PSI at 800-733-9267 at least 24 hours before the exam start time to avoid being charged a late cancellation fee. If you do not show for an exam appointment and you do not cancel, it will be treated as a failed attempt and you will not be entitled to a refund.