Earn Your Personal Trainer Certification

Introducing our Certified Personal Trainer course - the most comprehensive, revolutionary program on the market! Start now and get certified as a fitness trainer online in as few as 4 weeks.
What You'll Learn

For over 30 years, the National Academy of Sports Medicine has developed the most successful personal trainers in the fitness industry. Our NCCA-accredited personal trainer certification provides you with the most scientifically accurate information, all delivered in our revolutionary digital learning platform. If you want to become one of the best, most respected, and highest-paid fitness trainers, it’s as simple as getting
certified online with NASM.

Step 1:

Study Your Online
Course Material

Step 3:

Become an NASM-CPT

and start your dream career!

Personal Trainer Certification Curriculum

Click here to view the table of contents and authors. Listen to an audio review of each chapter here.

To be eligible for this personal training course, you must have a high school diploma or GED. Additionally, you need a Cardiopulmonary Resuscitation (CPR) certification and an Automated External Defibrillator (AED) certification. You may enroll in the course before having your CPR and AED certifications; however, you must have them before you take your final exam.

Chapter 1: The Modern State of Health and Fitness
Learn to distinguish your role as a personal trainer, identify common
chronic health conditions, differentiate evidence-based practice from
fitness fads, and define your scope as a professional.

Chapter 2: The Personal Training Profession
Fitness professionals have the option to work for a variety of employers
or to work for themselves. This chapter explores industry growth and
the overall career outlook for personal trainers.

7 Infographics

6 Videos

2 Audio Lectures

12 Knowledge Checks

Chapter 3: Psychology of Exercise

The role of psychology in fitness and wellness is extremely important. It can deal with several topics, including the way exercise participation affects someone’s mood in both the short and the long term, the effect of weight loss on self-esteem, the motivations to
become physically active, and how social influences affect overall exercise behavior.

Chapter 4: Behavioral Coaching

This chapter covers clients’ expectations, assessing behavior change, structuring optimal sessions, communicating effectively, and
implementing exercise adherence techniques using behavior change.

8 Infographics

5 Videos

2 Audio Lectures

10 Knowledge Checks

Chapter 5: The Nervous, Skeletal, and Muscular Systems

Because all fitness professionals need an understanding of anatomy and the Human Movement System, this chapter covers the fundamentals of the
Nervous, Skeletal, and Muscular Systems.

Chapter 6: The Cardiorespiratory, Endocrine, and Digestive Systems

You will learn how to identify the structure and function of the cardiorespiratory system, how to categorize the function of the endocrine system, as well as the digestive system.

Chapter 7: Human Movement Science

You will gain an understanding of the basics of biomechanics and motor behavior as they relate to working as a personal trainer.

Chapter 8: Exercise Metabolism and Bioenergetics

This section of the course breaks down the various energy systems within
the body, providing essential insight into the ways we use food for fuel.

Chapter 9: Nutrition

Improving health and fitness means more than just exercise; it also requires a commitment to improve the way the body is fueled. Although specific diet prescription is outside a trainer's scope of practice, this chapter will provide the basics needed to support nutritional discussions with clients and make recommendations on how to support their goals through a healthy diet.

Chapter 10: Supplementation

It is important that the personal trainer understand what supplements are and how to educate clients on risks associated with various supplements. Within you will learn the necessary information to discuss supplementation with a client while remaining within your scope of

115 Infographics

19 Videos

6 Audio Lectures

30 Knowledge Checks

Chapter 11: Health, Wellness, and Fitness Assessments

After this chapter, you will be able to explain the importance of assessments, collect and summarize subjective client information, identify steps for conducting body composition assessments, and choose the correct cardiorespiratory assessments on an individual basis.

Chapter 12: Posture, Movement, and Performance Assessments

Posture, movement, and performance assessments are an integral part of
the intake process for all clients and will assist the fitness professional in developing customized fitness programs to enhance a client’s well-being.

15 Infographics

14 Videos

2 Audio Lectures

10 Knowledge Checks

Chapter 13: Integrated Training and the OPT™ Model

After complete interpretations of assessment results, a comprehensive
training program can be developed through application of specific acute
variables defined in the NASM OPT™ Model.

Chapter 14: Flexibility Training Concepts

Learn the scientific rationale for flexibility training, proper stretching exercises, stretches for beginners, and more within this chapter of the course.

Chapter 15: Cardiorespiratory Training Concepts

Cardiorespiratory fitness reflects the ability of the cardiovascular and respiratory systems to supply oxygen-rich blood to skeletal muscles during sustained physical activity. You will learn more within the course.

Chapter 16: Core Training Concepts

A properly designed core training program can be a key component of an overall training plan used to achieve a broad range of goals. The objective of core training is the development
of core stability, endurance, strength, and power. Learn more within.

Chapter 17: Balance Training Concepts

The ability to maintain postural control or balance is a fundamental component of performance, injury resistance, and rehabilitation that
follows an injury. Learn how to incorporate balance training within your clients’ programming.

Chapter 18: Plyometric (Reactive) Training Concepts

You will learn how to explain plyometric training and its three phases, summarize the benefits of the modality, identify proper progressions, and teach proper cueing techniques.

Chapter 19: Speed, Agility, and Quickness Training Concepts

Speed, agility, and quickness (SAQ) training is a useful and effective method of fitness training that stimulates muscular, neurological, connective tissue, and even cardiovascular fitness adaptations.

Chapter 20: Resistance Training Concepts

You will learn how to summarize resistance training principles to
clients, categorize exercises for different types of goals and adaptations, and employ safe methods and resistance training variables.

26 Infographics

102 Videos

8 Audio Lectures

42 Knowledge Checks

Chapter 21: The Optimum Performance Training® Model

Creating and modifying exercise programs for clients can be a
complicated process because there are many variables to consider, including the client’s goals, their tolerance for exercise, and their unique physical abilities and medical history. The Optimum Performance Training® Model makes it simple.

Chapter 22: Introduction to Exercise Modalities

Within this chapter you will learn how to categorize different exercise modalities, describe their uses depending on different clients, and
determine the correct resistance and proprioceptive uses on an individual basis.

Chapter 23: Chronic Health Conditions and Special Populations

This chapter covers important information and recommendations for
assessing and designing exercise programs for clients with selected chronic health conditions or functional limitations.

2 Infographics

8 Videos

3 Audio Lectures

19 Knowledge Checks

There are 120 test questions. Of those, 20 are research questions that do not count toward or against your final score. You must pass with a scaled score of 70% or better. You will have 2 hours to complete the exam.

NASM Certified Personal Trainer - CPT

NASM Certified Personal Trainer - CPT

Regular price$649.00


If you have any additional questions about this course, check out the NASM FAQ page or contact us today 1-800-460-6276!

The NASM Certified Personal Trainer certification must be recertified every two years in order to ensure that NASM-CPTs stay up-to-date with
current best-practice guidelines and skills. To recertify, you will be required to earn 2.0 NASM-approved CEUs (20 contact hours) every two year certification period. This includes 0.1 CEUs from the mandatory CPR/AED certification.

There are a total of 120 test questions. Of those, 20 are research questions that do not count toward or against your final score. You must pass with a scaled score of 70% or better. You will have 2 hours to complete the exam.

If you do not pass your exam, a retest can be purchased. Please call NASM Member Services at 1-800-460-6276. A retest is included with the Guided Study and All-Inclusive programs.

You must have a high school degree or GED. You're also required to have a current CPR and AED certifications before you take the NASM-CPT
exam. You can find the exact job requirements for how to become a personal trainer here.

NASM recognizes that due to the COVID-19 pandemic, there is very
limited availability of hands-on skills assessments for CPR/AED. 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.

You will have 180 days from the date of enrollment to take the NASM-CPT exam. An extension for the exam can be purchased by contacting NASM Member Services.

The exam is taken through a live proctor, which can be online or in-person at a proctoring location. For more information about taking the NASM-CPT exam, click here.

Start to finish, expect to invest at least 15 weeks to complete the NASM personal training certification (NASM-CPT). In addition to its interactive multimedia-rich content, included learning tools, resources, and comprehensive study-planning guide, candidates can also receive assistance from NASM experts when questions arise. Need more than 15 weeks? That’s okay—candidates have up to 180 days to finish the online course and attempt and pass the exam.

Not only are we the most reputable, science-based certification provider, but joining the NASM community grants you access to a job guarantee program for select packages, your top choice of gyms to work for, access to fitness experts, and so much more - all backed by a NCCA Accredited stamp of approval to showcase the quality of your certification as a personal trainer.