NSCA Certified Personal Trainer (NSCA-CPT)
Get your personal trainer certification with NSCA
NSCA Certified Personal Trainers (NSCA-CPT) are health/fitness professionals who, using an individualized approach, assess, motivate, educate and train clients regarding their personal health and fitness needs.
A personal training certification will help to design safe and effective exercise programs, provide the guidance to help clients achieve their personal health/fitness goals and respond appropriately in emergency situations.
Recognizing their own area of expertise, a personal trainer will refer clients to other health care professionals when appropriate.
Certified Personal Trainer (NSCA-CPT) Exam Format
Individuals looking to become certified personal trainers through the NSCA have the option of taking the exam in two formats.
The paper/pencil format of the exam is offered at predetermined sites and dates all across the world. If the required documentation has been received by the NSCA scores will be mailed 6-8 weeks after the exam.
Computer-Based Exam – Available in the U.S. ONLY
Exams are administered by computer at more than 160 AMP Assessment Centers across the United States. Assessments are typically located in specific H&R Block offices. After you have registered for the Computer-based exam, you will receive an email with instructions on how to schedule your exam within 3-5 business days from AMP.
Candidates can schedule up to two days before the testing date. Exams must be taken within 120 days of registering. If the required documentation that supports the prerequisites has been submitted to the NSCA at least 10 days prior to the exam, scores are received immediately after the exam.
Certified Personal Trainer (NSCA-CPT) Exam Content
To earn the NSCA’s personal trainer certification, candidates are required to pass a challenging written examination that includes 140 scored questions and 15 non-scored questions*.
The exam consists of four sections:
|Domain||Percent of Exam Section||Number of Questions|
|Techniques of Exercise||31%||43|
|Safety, Emergency Procedures and Legal Issues||13%||19|
|Number of video questions (already included in the total)||25-35|
|Length of exam||3 hours|
The information above is only a summary of the NSCA-CPT exam. The Detailed Content Outline is available in the Candidate Handbook.
NSCA CPT practice exam questions and answers
Take this free NSCA CPT practice exam with 30 practice questions and answers to see how prepared you are for a personal trainer certification exam. There are a number of organizations that provide a certifying credential for personal trainers. All of them require the passing of an exam to obtain certification.
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Thirty free NSCA CPT practice exam questions are in multiple-choice questions, and divided into two sections, with 15 questions each section.
This free online NSCA-CPT practice exam is not timed, and you may take it as many times as you wish.