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Personal Trainer Certification Information


  • Minimum GED or High School Diploma required.
  • You must be 18 years of age or older.
  • You must have and maintain a CPR/AED certification.

Course Education Level: Intermediate

Continuing Education Credits:  2.7 IACET 2.7 NAFC, 2.7 NESTA

How it Works:

To earn this certification…

  • You must complete all course modules
  • You must complete all theory examinations with a passing score of 80% or higher
  • You must complete your practical examination testing with a passing score of 80% or higher
  • Time to Complete: You have up to 18 Months to complete Examination Process
  • Course Access: Continued access with updates available

Note: We recommend our students purchase and complete a virtual or live workshop to help them achieve a passing score on the practical exam (included in All Inclusive and Self Study programs) If you choose to take the practical test without a live or virtual workshop, you are allowed 2 testing attempts before the workshop is required.

Certification Process:

  • Your NAFC personal trainer certification is valid for 24 months. During that 24 months you must complete continuing education prior to your renewal date to qualify for re-certification.
  • Recertification is required to keep you up to date with industry standards and practice. You must complete and submit 20 hours (2.0 NAFC credits) of continuing education in a 24 month period of time prior to your renewal date and complete a re-certification application to be recertified.

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Life Consultation Program

Through hands-on workshops and self-paced, interactive home-study, NAFC will mold your ambition into a highly refined skillset that stands above all competition. Take the first step towards a career that improves lives. Enroll in the NAFC Personal Training program today.

Personal Trainer Required Course Material:

Personal Trainer Program Interactive Self Study Content

  • Personal Training Certification Introduction Document
  • Weight Training Program Interactive study or downloadable weight training program manual 
  • Weight Training Theory Exam
  • Fitness Assessment program interactive study or downloadable fitness assessment program manual 
  • Fitness Assessment Theory Exam
  • Lifestyle Consultant program interactive study or downloadable lifestyle consultant program manual 
  • Lifestyle Consultant Theory Exam
  • Personal Training Practical Application Workbook
  • Practical Examination

Personal Trainer Virtual Workshop Content:

To complete certification, you must participate in either a Live Workshop (live workshop calendar on website) or a Virtual Workshop (see details below) and achieve a passing grade.

  • Personal Trainer Virtual Workshop Videos
  • Personal Trainer Workshop Worksheet Packet
  • Personal Trainer Certification Student Notes Pack
  • PT Virtual Workshop Assessment

Weight Training Module

After completing this course, you will be able to:

  1. Recognize at least 6 factors, including 3 key desired outcomes, important to successful weight training programs.
  2. Identify how 5 population groups could benefit from regular weight training.
  3. Discuss health implications, guidelines, benefits, and precautions for physical activity.
  4. List 11 organ systems and their primary function and role in the human body,
  5. Identify 3 types of muscle fiber and 4 characteristics of muscle tissue.
  6. Describe the structure of skeletal muscle, the role of connective tissue, and how muscle contracts to cause movement.
  7. Recognize the structure of bones and how they aid movement through lever systems.
  8. Identify the structure and function of 6 synovial joints.
  9. Describe paired muscle movement and its role in muscle balance and flexibility.
  10. Define cardiorespiratory fitness and explain how 3 energy systems work together to promote cardiovascular exercise.
  11. Identify the 3 primary roles of muscle and explain the concept of muscle balance.
  12. Recognize 8 joint motions, 3 planes of motion, 9 movement direction terms, and 20 movement actions.
  13. Describe movements performed at 11 joints in the body.
  14. Discuss 4 terms related to muscle contraction and exercise movements.
  15. Identify 10 major muscle groups in the body and their most common movements.
  16. Explain and demonstrate the ANSER foundational principles for proper body alignment during exercise.
  17. Define dynamic posture and proprioception.
  18. Identify 13 principles for gym etiquette, proper hygiene, and 3 grip techniques for weight training at a gym.
  19. Explain the F.I.T.T. principle and at least 10 key points for weight training.
  20. Define 2 basic weight training principles.
  21. Describe how to develop at least 3 different types of weight training programs.
  22. Identify 26 weight training systems, and 3 types of training equipment.
  23. Describe how warm up and stretch following a weight training workout to maintain flexibility.
  24. Identify 10 guidelines for spotting clients.
  25. Discuss nutrition, supplements, and rest, for regeneration and recovery after weight training.
  26. Explain methods used to measure progress from weight training.
  27. Recognize how to compliment a weight training program with cardiorespiratory exercise.
  28. Relate how using goals and good instructional techniques can help foster habits for a client to achieve realistic results in a weight training program.


Fitness Assessment Module

After completing this course, you will be able to:

  1. Discuss the role exercise plays in cardiorespiratory fitness, cardiovascular disease, and how cardiorespiratory endurance is measured.
  2. Explain the benefits of aerobic and anaerobic training and adaptations in the body.
  3. Identify at least 6 benefits of strength training.
  4. Discuss gender differences in strength training and its effect on women’s anatomy.
  5. Recognize 5 reasons why assessment is important to reaching health and fitness goals.
  6. Identify the difference between responders and non-responders.
  7. Describe postural and functional analysis including the following areas of the body: the feet, the knees, lower cross syndrome, the pelvis and low back, upper cross syndrome, the upper back, and shoulder girdle.
  8. Identify the components of body composition, and 2 types of body fat.
  9. Discuss the history of body composition measurement and 8 methods for assessing body fat.
  10. Calculate an ideal body weight.
  11. Measure a client’s heart rate.
  12. Explain how to safely and effectively perform cardiorespiratory assessment including maximal, submaximal, step, walking, running, biking, and swimming assessments with determination of cardiorespiratory fitness classification.
  13. Explain how to safely and effectively perform muscular strength and endurance assessments including handgrip, bodyweight, and machine methods with determination of fitness classifications.
  14. Explain how to safely and effectively perform muscular assessment for older adults and how to determine fitness classifications.
  15. Define 6 terms related to muscular assessment and programming.
  16. Define flexibility and identify at least 7 benefits of flexibility training.
  17. Identify at least 10 factors that affect flexibility.
  18. Explain how to safely and effectively perform 4 types of stretching exercises.
  19. Discuss intensity, repetitions, frequency, and when and what to stretch for favorable outcomes.
  20. Explain the F.I.T. T Principle for cardiorespiratory fitness programming.
  21. Calculate a target heart rate range using a heart rate max or the Karvonen formula.
  22. Explain how to safely and effectively monitor exercise intensity using heart rate and rate of perceived exertion.
  23. Identify 4 factors that play a role in strength gain when exercising.
  24. Describe 4 modes of resistance training.
  25. Discuss the difference between free weight, machine, and circuit training programming.
  26. Define periodization and training volume.
  27. Explain the F.I.T. T Principle for resistance training programming.
  28. Discuss dietary guidelines for resistance training.
  29. Discuss 7 safety tips for exercise program development and implementation.
  30. Describe 3 types of heat illness and discuss cold climate precautions.
  31. Explain how to safely and effectively care for the back by identifying and prescribing exercise to help with back issues and pain.
  32. Explain how to safely and effectively implement an exercise program for an older adult.
  33. Identify 5 skill related components of fitness and their benefits in training.
  34. Describe how to design programming for clients who participate in sports.
  35. Recognize basic skills and requirements for additional exercise programs including core strength training, Pilates based exercise, stability ball exercises, and elastic band/resistance tube exercises,
  36. Recognize basic skills and requirements for exercise programs for clients with special needs including asthma, arthritis, diabetes, and pre- and post-natal,


Lifestyle Consultant Module

After completing this course, you will be able to:

  1. Discuss the importance of lifestyle and environment for maintaining health and well-being.
  2. Explain the role of physical activity and exercise in maintaining health and well-being including guidelines, benefits, and objectives.
  3. Describe the importance of behavior and behavior modification in lifestyle and health management
  1. Identify methods to improve behavior through valuing self, transforming behavior, and goal setting and evaluation.
  2. Explain the role of diet and nutrition in health and well-being including dietary guidelines and eating behaviors.
  3. Discuss the 6 categories of nutrients and their importance to overall health.
  4. Describe how to modify eating behavior and balance the diet with knowledge of nutrition standards, nutrient analysis, types of diets and foods, and supplementation.
  5. Explain the benefits of food related to energy use during physical activity/exercise and for athletes to optimize health and performance.
  6. Identify 11 dietary changes that can lead to better health.
  7. Describe 2 health concerns that can be mitigated with proper diet.
  8. Discuss diet plans/fads, changing dietary habits, obesity, 3 eating disorders, and the physiology of weight loss.
  9. Explain how exercise plays a role in weight loss and weight gain and how to lose weight in a healthy way.
  10. Identify at least 8 ways to cope with stress and mental health issues.
  11. Describe the mind body connection and how it can influence health and well-being.
  12. Identify 10 health hazards that can affect quality and quantity of life.
  13. Describe appropriate conduct and how to properly qualify to be a fitness professional.
  14. Explain how to properly and professionally communicate with your clients including the 4 Stages in the client/instructor relationship.

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Additional Certification Options

If you are confident in your ability to pass general fitness, anatomy & physiology, weight training, lifestyle consulting and fitness assessment, without first studying the NAFC study course material, this option would be for you.

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To become certified with the National Association for Fitness Certification, you must pass both the theory exams and practical exam with a minimum score of 80%. If you receive a no pass on the theory exam, a retake will be necessary. The retake cost is $25.00. When you have completed and passed the theory exams, you may schedule a virtual appointment with an NAFC Evaluator by emailing to complete the practical portion of this program.

If you are unsure, then you would benefit from our complete online course or virtual workshop options.

*You will not receive any study materials with this option, so ensure that you have a complete understanding of the education required to pass the exam prior to purchasing.

Feel free to contact an NAFC Career Consultant for help in selecting the best option for you.


Most students learn and retain information at a higher level through audio/visual demonstration and explanation. For this reason, NAFC has always recommended attending one of our live workshops. However, if attending a live workshop is not convenient for you, then enrolling in a virtual workshop is the answer!

NAFC virtual workshops offer the same level of education and training as our live workshops but allow you to take the workshop home with you and conveniently stream on your computer or device.

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Gain a comprehensive understanding of practical application techniques and core concepts.

Let our expert trainers and instructors visually guide you as they demonstrate hands-on skills and pro-tips that will prepare you for your practical exam and your career.

Earn your CEC’s with us and gain an understanding of the practical application of sound biomechanics like you never have before. Come and see why we are leading the way in functional training!

– NAFC CEC: 1.50 

$249.00 – Virtual

$249.00 – Live

The NAFC Job Placement Money Back Guarantee assures that you will secure a job in the health and fitness industry within 90 days of completing all certification and career management requirements.

Included at a discount with NAFC Certifications “All-Access” Option

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NAFC is committed to providing you with all the tools you need to build a successful and rewarding career.

Not only do we offer a money-back guarantee opportunity, but we also connect you with a Career Management Specialist who will work hand-in-hand with you as your personal career advocate and help place you in the best possible job to match your skill-set.

Your Career Management Specialist will provide you with all of the following services:

  • Qualify you for jobs in the health and fitness industry 
  • Gain an understanding of the type of job/career you want
  • Inquire about any special skills you may possess and/or CECs received
  • Direct you toward available positions in your area
  • Advice on ‘Career Tools’ that will help improve your expertise
  • Work to place you with fitness and health companies
  • Help you improve your visibility to companies
  • Assist in creating resumes and cover letters
  • Assist in preparing you for the interviewing process
  • Post a video which serves as an introduction to possible employers and provides evidence of your skills as a trainer.

These services are included with your purchase of the NAFC Job Placement Guarantee at no additional charge.

Job Placement Guarantee Guidelines

If you have met all the required criteria but still have not secured a job within 90 days of completion, NAFC will refund all amounts paid to NAFC for the course package. This money back guarantee applies to the NAFC Personal Trainer, Group Fitness Instructor, and Nutrition Coach course packages only.

To receive this refund, you must have applied for at least 5 positions related to the purchased NAFC certification within the 90-day period and have met the criteria for each position (including passing any required background checks). Failure to appear for a scheduled interview will disqualify you from this money back guarantee.

You must also have met with an NAFC Career Management Specialist and satisfied any additional requirements that they assign.

Any refund must be requested from NAFC’s Member Services Department within 12 months of purchasing the NAFC course (with Job Placement Guarantee). NAFC reserves the right to request evidence of purchase and/or of job applications and rejections. NAFC may, at any time and without prior notice, change the terms of, or discontinue, this Job Placement Money Back Guarantee.



Weight Training Program Objectives

Upon completion of the program, you will be able to:

  1. Understand basic anatomy & biomechanics as related to strength training.
  2. Understand muscle structure and function.
  3. Understand and explain the principles of safe and effective strength training.
  4. Create an appropriate strength training program.
  5. Identify safe and effective exercises for all major muscle groups.
  6. Understand effective exercise programming.
  7. Understand the importance and procedures for accurate record keeping and client progress charting.
  8. Design strength training programs for a diverse population.
  9. Differentiate between beginner and advanced strength training methods.

Fitness Assessment Program Objectives

Upon completion of the program you will be able to:

  1. Understand and apply at least two common methods to assess body composition.
  2. Assess cardio-respiratory fitness through several different testing protocols.
  3. Interpret cardio-respiratory endurance assessment results.
  4. Predict oxygen uptake and caloric expenditure from exercise heart rate data.
  5. Assess muscular strength and endurance through different strength-testing protocols.
  6. Interpret strength testing results.
  7. Recognize the variables that govern the development of muscular strength and endurance.
  8. Assess flexibility.
  9. Administer performance tests to assess skill-related fitness.
  10. Formulate a comprehensive fitness program based on the results of the fitness assessment.

Lifestyle Consultant Program Objectives

Upon completion of the program you will be able to:

  1. Effectively communicate benefits of health and fitness.
  2. Understand disease prevention.
  3. Understand the role of nutrition in disease prevention.
  4. Understand the role of weight management in disease prevention.
  5. Understand the importance of preventing cardiovascular disease.
  6. Understand cancer risk management.
  7. Apply stress management techniques.
  8. Understand the health risks of tobacco use.