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Interested in Becoming a Personal Trainer?

Good for you! It’s one of the most exciting and satisfying careers you can have. If you are curious about how to become a personal trainer, the first step is to earn your personal trainer certification. And NASM is the right certification company to choose.

After all, we’ve been the top choice with fitness pros around the world for more than 30 years. Plus, employers agree that NASM Certified Personal Trainers (NASM-CPTs) are better prepared to actively start their fitness career.

How to become a personal trainer
Become a Certified Personal Trainer

Become an NASM Certified Personal Trainer in as few as 4 weeks — set your own hours and enjoy the job security of working in an industry that’s expected to grow by 10% through 2026.

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Our Certified Personal Trainer Program is the most comprehensive, revolutionary program on the market. Sign up to get immediate access to your FREE course preview and check out our world-class, digital learning platform.

 

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Certified Personal Trainer : Self-Study

$79 /month

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Certified Personal Trainer : Guided Study

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$1799.00

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  • One-year NASM EDGE Trainer Plus
  • 10-Week, Instructor-Led Course
  • Certification Exam Retest
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Certified Personal Trainer : All-Inclusive

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The CPT textbook can be added to the Self-Study or Premium Self-Study packages by clicking here.
Add the CPT Exam (no preparation materials included) to your cart by clicking here. 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.

*Terms and conditions apply. Excludes NASM Elite Trainer Bundle, NASM EDGE, Life Time Academy programs, Master Trainer Summit, Recertification, & Exam Only programs. Cannot be combined with other offers. Payment plan is available on phone orders only, and valid on orders of $199 or more. A charge of $1 may be required at time of purchase. The balance will be divided into 10 or 17 monthly payments and first payment will be due February 1, 2022. Orders made outside the United States and Canada are not eligible for payment plan.

FAQs


In addition to getting your CPR/AED certificate through NASM, you can get your required CPR/AED certifications through the following organizations: American Heart Association, American Red Cross, American Safety and Health Institute, St. John Ambulance, Emergency Care & Safety Institute or Emergency Medical Technician.

NASM recognizes that due to the COVID-19 pandemic, there is very limited availability of hands-on skills assessments for CPR/AED certifications. NASM will be temporarily waiving the hands-on skills assessment requirement and accepting online only CPR/AED courses. This waiver applies to exam candidates and professionals recertifying their credentials. This waiver will be in effect until the CDC and government recommendations for social distancing have been lifted in the United States. Once the social distancing orders have been lifted, there will be a 60-day window before the hands-on requirement will be reinstated. NASM recommends that anyone who certified or recertified during the Waiver Period obtain the hands-on skills assessment once available to avoid any insurance or liability issues, which could arise due to the lack of such training. Please note: The online course must still include Adult CPR and AED.

Yes. Your CPT Exam expires 180 days from the date of enrollment. Due to the circumstances surrounding COVID-19, this exam is currently being administered both online and in-person, depending on your location.

No, we do not offer insurance to trainers. However, NASM has partnered with Next Insurance, an innovator in the insurance space who provides affordable, comprehensive, and easy-to-use insurance for personal trainers. Click here to learn more about insurance for trainers.

Yes. Dependent upon which package was purchased, you may have 1 or more practice exams available to you for the duration of your enrollment period. You can locate the practice exam via your NASM Student Portal.

Yes, NASM does offer Special Accommodations for the CPT Exam. NASM complies with the Americans with Disabilities Act of 1990. In order to ensure the opportunity for all qualified persons, NASM will make reasonable accommodations for candidates with disabilities that might affect their NASM certification exam taking. Please click here to learn more about the certification exam.

No, the exam preparation material is not required to sit for the Certified Personal Trainer examination. The exam blueprint provides a breakdown of all the knowledge, skills and abilities that will be included on the examination.

Our Commitment to Quality Fitness Education

At the National Academy of Sports Medicine, we are dedicated to providing the education needed to be a personal trainer through quality NCCA-accredited certification courses. Backed by science and driven by experts in the field, NASM trainer certification courses help you build a firm foundation to create an effective personal training business that’s unique to your goals and your story.

Each personal training course is specifically designed to meet the needs of today’s clients who are searching for a trustworthy and tested approach to fitness and their future personal trainer job as a whole.

Contact us today for more information on how you can take the first step toward starting your own fitness training business.

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