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You can become a certified personal trainer (CPT)

Make your passion your profession

If you think business casual means workout wear, the office should be equipped with barbells, and success is helping others get healthy, you're ready to turn your passion for fitness into a rewarding profession as an NASM Certified Personal Trainer (CPT).

As an NASM-CPT, you'll set your own hours and enjoy the job security of working in an industry that's expected to grow more than 16% from 2015 to 20201. In addition to accelerating your career opportunities, you'll make a paycheck - and a difference - helping clients lead more active lives.

You could be ready to start in as little as 10 weeks!


What does a personal trainer do?

The fitness professional provides guidance to help clients achieve their personal, health, fitness, and performance goals via the implementation of exercise programs, nutritional recommendations, and suggestions in lifestyle modification. Personal trainers commonly work in clubs, homes of clients, public spaces or in multiple fitness centers as an independent trainer.

Employment as a personal trainer in a fitness center is typically where most individuals start. Other times, they may begin as group exercise instructors, membership representatives, sales associates, or front desk attendants already working in and around the health club setting, and who are looking to branch out to working directly with clients.

Multiple career paths are possible, and some fitness professionals may decide they want to continue growing their career into a licensed profession, such as a physical therapist or athletic trainer. These licensed professions require additional education and specialized training.

Regardless of where someone decides to start, the foundation for embarking on a career in the fitness industry is a passion for helping others!

How do I get started?

To become a certified personal trainer, you must successfully pass the exam offered by NASM. To prepare for the exam, NASM offers a variety of CPT prep programs including a Guided Study and All-Inclusive program. Programs may be completed in as little as 10 weeks, but typically more time is desired, programs are accessible for up to 180 days.

As you work through your program, reach out to gyms and begin to get an idea of where you would like to work once you are certified. Gyms are always looking for great trainers so introduce yourself, network and let them know you are excited to get started. The NASM-CPT prep programs have several sections dedicated to helping you market yourself to both employers and clients.

In addition to passing the exam, certified personal trainers are required to be 18 years of age, hold a current cardiopulmonary resuscitation (CPR) and automated external defibrillator (AED) certification.

Questions? Program advisors are available to help. Many are certified personal trainers themselves. Call 877.500.8354


Guaranteed employment or your Money Back!

NASM guarantees you'll find a job in 90 days of your CPT certification, or your money back.*

We’re so confident you’ll love our NASM-CPT program, we’re offering you the opportunity to try it out for 14 days risk-free!


Want the details? Click here for the CPT candidate handbook.

*Terms and conditions apply. Available through select CPT certification programs or program upgrades.

1 IBISWorld, Personal Trainers in the U.S. - Industry Market Research Report, Feb. 2015

2 Results of study conducted by MarketLab, a third-party researcher, in May-June 2016, sampling U.S.-based Club Managers