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Personal Trainer

Frequently Asked Questions

How does the Workshop Course operate?

Upon registration for a select workshop, each candidate receives access to the NCSF e-Learning platform and will be provided a reference guide at the workshop. If you purchased the plus package, we will ship you the course textbook in addition to the digital copy provided in your e-Learning. These materials systematically teach the course participant the science behind sound fitness training and exercise programming.

The workshop is two days of high-energy instruction consisting of interactive lecture, and practical, hands-on training. Taught by master/doctoral-leveled, NCSF-certified instructors, the workshop is used to review and reinforce exam content areas and provide students the opportunity to put theory into practice. Under close supervision from experts in the field, students will: engage in screening and programming case studies, perform assessments, learn proper biomechanics and training instruction, and practice resistance training activities for multiple outcomes.

How does the Home Study Course operate?

Our Home study course has become increasingly popular in both professional as well as university settings. Offering the convenience of self-paced learning, the NCSF Home Study Course covers all the same topics as both the Workshop course option and the Personal Training School course option in an easy to follow home-study course format.

Upon registration for the NCSF Home Study Course, each candidate is sent a course materials package consisting of the Course Textbook, access to the NCSF e-Learning platform and complete instructor support. As the candidate progresses through the lessons they build a knowledge base that is applied during the practice and performance of the outlined training activities.

Upon completion of all the readings and practical activities outlined in the course materials candidates should be well prepared to take the personal training exam.

What does the Workshop Course materials package consist of?

The course materials package consists of the Course Textbook, Workshop Reference Guide and access to the NCSF e-Learning platform. All the notes for the class and activities performed in the workshop are provided for you so that you can fully engage in the program and capture all the benefits of supervised instruction.

What does the Home Study Course materials package consist of?

The course materials package consists of the Course Textbook, access to the NCSF e-Learning platform, one-year professional membership and complete instructor support.

How long in advance should I register for a workshop?

The NCSF recommends registering a minimum of 4 to 6 weeks before the start of a selected workshop. This will help ensure your spot is reserved in the course (workshops often fill up) but also allows preparation time with the course materials prior to participating in your selected workshop.

How long is the workshop?

Workshops are conducted on weekends and run from 9:00 am to approximately 4:30 pm on both a Saturday and Sunday.

What is covered during the workshop?

The workshop consists of both interactive PowerPoint lectures and practical hands-on training exercises. NCSF instructors will lead the class through a review of the technical aspects of exercise science theory and combine the theory with practical training activities. This unique approach to teaching better assists the candidate with comprehension and retention of key exercise principles.

Where are the workshops offered?

Workshops are offered at select fitness facilities, as well as colleges and universities around the country. To view a complete workshop calendar, visit the Workshop Calendar section.

How long does it take to complete the program?

The programs ares designed as a self-paced program. Although individual completion time will vary, most candidates complete the program within several months.

Can I participate in a workshop if I initially enrolled as a Home Study candidate?

If at any time during your course you decide you would like to switch programs and enroll into the Workshop Course you may do so. There is a $99.00 fee to enroll into a workshop from the Home Study Course.

How does the examination process work?

The workshop is used as an assistive educational tool for candidates looking to earn the NCSF Personal Trainer credential. Once a candidate completes their course they should be adequately prepared to take and pass the NCSF Certified Personal Trainer Exam.

The examination is administered by appointment at over 1,000 test center locations operating in 83 countries as well as online. To take the exam, candidates must first register using either the online registration process or by calling 1-800-772-NCSF(6273). The exam is comprised of 150 questions and students need to earn a passing score to earn the NCSF Personal Trainer credential. For more information visit the Exam Policies and Procedures section of the website.

Taking the Exam Online (System Requirements)

To take the certification exam remotely you will need to ensure your computer meets the following system requirements:

What do I receive after I pass the NCSF Personal Trainer Exam?

Upon successful completion of the NCSF Personal Trainer Exam you will receive a complete certification package. Included in your package will be a certificate suitable for framing, which indicates that you have met the certification standards set forth by The National Council on Strength and Fitness Board for Certification and have earned the title of NCSF Certified Personal Trainer. You will also receive an accompanying wallet sized professional membership card signifying your certified status, and CEU information. This package will be forwarded to you within two weeks of passing the Personal Trainer Exam.

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