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Become a CPT

BECOME A CERTIFIED
PERSONAL TRAINER
AND UNLEASH YOUR
EARNING POTENTIAL

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Become a CPT

BECOME A CERTIFIED
PERSONAL TRAINER
AND UNLEASH YOUR
EARNING POTENTIAL

Sports Performance Training

NASM certified personal trainer coaching a client

How to Become a Certified Personal Trainer: Start Your Personal Training Career

Interested in becoming a personal trainer? Good for you! It's one of the most exciting and satisfying careers you can have.

A good first step is earning a personal training certification. And NASM is the right certification company to choose. After all, we've been top choice with fitness pros around the world for more than 30 years, with over 500,000 enrollments and counting. Plus, employers agree that NASM Certified Personal Trainers (CPTs) are better prepared to actively start their fitness career.

In 10 to 12 weeks you could be an NASM Certified Personal Trainer—setting your own hours and enjoying the job security of working in an industry that's expected to grow more than 16% through 20203.

How to Become a Certified Personal Trainer: Start Your Personal Trained Career

If you're 18 years or older, here's everything you need to do to get started:

1. Research Your Options

You'll find many options for certifications, but only a handful are accredited by the National Commission for Certifying Agencies (NCCA), a nationally recognized third party agency that helps to ensure certification companies are working at the highest standards.

Rest assured that the NASM Certified Personal Trainer certification is proudly certified by the NCCA.

2. Choose your NASM-CPT program and start studying

If you decide on NASM - and we hope you do - there are many CPT packages and products to choose from. There are no wrong decisions - all will help prepare you for a career in personal training and the NASM-CPT exam!

CHOOSE THE PERFECT PROGRAM FOR YOU.

NASM offers 4 CPT programs to select from based on your learning style and level of desired preparation. Compare CPT Programs.

SELF-STUDY

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The ultimate in flexibility, as it will allow you to learn at your pace, and study when you want with no set schedules.

PREMIUM
SELF-STUDY

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Provides the flexibility of the Self-Study Program plus, get valuable premium content.

GUIDED-STUDY

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Offers all the resources of the Premium Self-Study Program accompanied by an unprecedented level of support. You’ll receive 1:1 Coaching and a Mentor who will be your guide, answering questions and offering assistance.

ALL-INCLUSIVE

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Offers premium study resources with guided support. Plus inclusion in the Gymternship™. You’ll receive onsite, hands-on experience and, within 90 days of completion, NASM guarantees job placement, or your money back.*

3. Prepare For - And Pass - The Exam

NASM helps to make you exam-ready through such methods as video lectures, application-based modules, and practice exams. You'll also receive exceptional support as part of the Guided Study and All-Inclusive programs, including coaches and content mentors, live workshops and interactive learning activities.

Once you successfully pass your exam you will be an NASM Certified Personal Trainer—ready to embark on a rewarding fitness career!

4. Get Employed!

Gym? Health club? Boutique studio? Self-employed? After you pass your exam, you'll find there are many employment options. You'll have to decide which best suits your lifestyle. NASM has resources to help you land your first gig, including a job board featuring the latest openings.

You might also consider expanding your skillset even further with an NASM Specialization. Specializations are a fantastic way to broaden your clientele, thereby increasing your employment opportunities.

Whatever you decide to do, whichever path you take, NASM will be with you every step of the way!

We hope you found this guide helpful. If you have any other questions, feel free to reach out to NASM's Customer Service today.

  1. Since 2005 across all programs and specializations.
  2. Results of study conducted by MarketLab, a third-party researcher, in May-Jun 2016, sampling U.S.-based Club Managers.

Jumpstart your journey.

Our comprehensive programs and dedicated support team will empower you with all the tools you need to become a Certified Personal Trainer.

Offered in a variety of formats, the NASM-CPT programs, from Guided-Study to All-Inclusive, can help you successfully prepare for the exam, and can be completed in as few as 10 weeks.

What’s required? Certified Personal Trainers must be 18 years of age, hold a current cardiopulmonary resuscitation (CPR) and an automated external defibrillator (AED) certification.

Guaranteed Employment or Your Money Back!

As part of the All Inclusive program, NASM guarantees you'll find a job within 90 days of your CPT certification, or your money back.* Learn more.

*Terms and conditions apply.

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1 Median income for NASM certified trainers is based on respondents to an NASM 2016 survey who identified themselves as full-time trainers and who provided income data (respondents who did not report an income or reported an income under minimum wage have been excluded), compared to industry median income for full-time personal trainers as reported by the U.S. Dept. of Labor, Bureau of Statistics for 2015 available at http://www.onetonline.org/link/summary/39-9031.00 (last visited March 30, 2017).

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

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