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How to Become a Certified Personal Trainer

Pursue Your Passion with a Personal Training Certification from NASM

Do You Want to Change Lives by Becoming a Personal Trainer?

As a personal trainer, you’ll wake up each day feeling excited to help people get fit, healthy, and live their best lives. You’ll enjoy an active and rewarding lifestyle that allows you to pursue your passion each and every day. And with the fitness industry expected to reach $434 billion by 2028, your earning potential is nearly unlimited.

Sound like something you’d be interested in? Read on to learn how to start your career as a Certified Personal Trainer today.

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How to become a personal trainer

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step 1

Commit to Pursuing Your Passion

The most important thing to know about becoming a Certified Personal Trainer is this: You can do it!

Working in the fitness industry, where you have the opportunity to change lives and help people become the best versions of themselves, is within your reach—all you need to get started is a passion for health & fitness and the dedication to make it happen.

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step 2

Get Ready to Make Your Dream Job a Reality

Becoming an NASM Certified Personal Trainer is easier than you might think! The only prerequisite to register for our industry-leading Certified Personal Trainer program is a high school degree or GED.

You’ll also need to get CPR & AED certified sometime before your final exam. We offer a convenient online-only CPR/AED Certification powered by ASTI that you can sign up for anytime during the course.

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Now you’re ready to get started! We offer several Certified Personal Trainer program packages to choose from, including bonuses like our Job Guarantee program, EDGE CPT Exam Prep, and our Gymternship™ program that gives your career a head-start with real-world experience. See all our Personal Trainer Certification Packages.

With a Personal Trainer Certification from NASM, you’ll be powering your career forward with the most recognizable and respected fitness certification in the industry. There’s a reason we’ve been the top choice with fitness pros for more than 30 years: because we prepare you with the knowledge and skills you need to start your fitness career off right and maximize your earning potential and your impact.

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All payment plans are 0% interest, with no fees, penalties or credit check!

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$25 down +
Monthly Payments
One-Time Payment


  • 100% Online Course
  • Two Exam Options • NASM Personal Trainer Certificate (Non-Proctored Exam)
    • NASM Certified Personal Trainer (NCCA Accredited Certification Exam)
    • No Hidden Fees: Both exam options are included with your program!

  • State-of-the-Art, Digital Learning Platform
  • High-End Learning Videos
  • Audio Chapter Summaries
  • Exercise Demonstration Library
  • Biodigital 3D Models
  • Handouts and Resources Library
  • Practice Exam, Quizzes and Knowledge Checks
  • Best-in-Class Test Prep with NASM's Edge Mobile App


Premium Self-Study


$25 down +
Monthly Payments
$1,079 $1,799
One-Time Payment


  • Everything in Self-Study plus...
  • Job Guarantee** Want help getting your first personal training job? With our Job Guarantee program, you're guaranteed to get a job within 90 days of passing your NASM CPT exam, or the cost of the Job Guarantee will be refunded to you.

  • Unlimited Access to NASM Fitness Experts
  • Exam Retest
  • $899 added value


CPT Essentials Bundle


$25 down +
Monthly Payments
One-Time Payment


  • Everything in Premium Self-Study plus...
  • Certified Nutrition Coach (CNC)
  • CPR/AED Certification Online
  • Metabolic Makeover (Earn 0.3 CEUs)
  • $999 added value


Black Friday in July Exclusive Bundle


$25 down +
Monthly Payments
$1,699 $3,295
One-Time Payment


  • Everything in CPT Essentials Bundle plus...
  • Corrective Exercise Specialization (CES)
  • Call 844-902-6487 to Customize Your Bundle
  • $899 added value


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NASM Certified Personal Trainer FAQs

As one of the most trusted sources of fitness training certifications in the world, NASM is a distinguished name that will stand out to fitness employers. When you choose NASM for your Personal Trainer certification, you’ll get access to world-class fitness experts, your top choice of gyms to work for, and much more:

  • • Peer-Reviewed Content from the Brightest Minds in the Industry

  • • State-of-the-Art Digital Learning Platform

  • • Programs Designed to Meet Multiple Learning Styles

  • • 35+ Years Of Experience Training Fitness Professionals

  • • 1.5M+ Fitness Professionals Trained

  • • 100+ Countries with NASM Fitness and Coach Professionals

  • • 12K+ Gym & Health Club Partnerships

  • • Optional NCCA Accreditation

  • • NCCA-Accredited Certification includes optional add-ons like Job Guarantee Program, Gymternship™, lifetime recertifications, and more

You must have a high school degree or GED. You're also required to have a current CPR and AED certification before you take the exam. For your convenience, NASM offers an online CPR/AED Certification.

You can complete your personal training certification in as few as 4 weeks. In addition to its interactive multimedia-rich content, learning tools, resources, and comprehensive study-planning guide, you can also receive assistance from NASM experts when questions arise.

Absolutely! You can complete this program and become a Certified Personal Trainer while also working full-time. The study material is 100% online and self-paced, and can be accessed on a computer, or a mobile device such as a phone or tablet.

You have the choice between two exams—a non-proctored Certificate exam, and a proctored NCCA-Accredited Certification exam. Here are some of the major differences between the two:

  • • The non-proctored exam has 100 questions; the proctored exam has 120 questions.

  • • You have 3 hours to complete the non-proctored exam; you have 2 hours to complete the proctored exam.

  • • The non-proctored exam is open-book; the proctored exam is not.

  • • The non-proctored exam confers a Certificate as a Personal Trainer; the proctored exam confers an NCCA-Accredited Certification as a Personal Trainer.

The choice of exam is up to you and in most cases simply depends on what your employer requires.

The non-proctored, online-only exam contains 100 questions that must be answered within 3 hours. This exam is open-book, meaning you can refer to your study materials.

The proctored, NCCA-Accredited exam contains 120 questions that must be answered within 2 hours. This exam is closed-book, so you cannot refer to your study materials.

You will have 180 days from the date of registration to take either of the exam options. An extension for the exam can be purchased by contacting NASM Member Services at 1-800-460-6276.

The non-proctored exam is administered online only.

The proctored, NCCA-Accredited exam can be taken online or in-person. For more information click here.

For the non-proctored exam, you have 3 attempts to pass. If you do not pass after 3 attempts, a retest can be purchased by calling NASM Member Services at 1-800-460-6276.

For the proctored, NCCA-Accredited exam, you have one attempt to pass. A retest can be purchased by calling NASM Member Services at 1-800-460-6276. A retest is also included with the Premium Self Study and All-Inclusive programs.

You must recertify every two years to ensure that your Personal Trainer certification remains up-to-date with current best-practice guidelines and skills. You will be required to earn 2.0 NASM approved continuing education units (CEUs) every two-year period, which includes 1.9 CEUs from a specialization program and 0.1 CEUs from the mandatory CPR/AED certification.

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