NASM Certified Personal Trainer and Exam Preparation (Voucher Included)

Become a NASM Certified Personal Trainer

As individuals, employers, and health organizations become more aware of the role physical fitness plays in health and longevity, career opportunities for personal trainers are on the rise. Certifications such as those offered by the National Academy of Sports Medicine (NASM) can provide an efficient route to a personal trainer career. This 100% online course will provide you with the health, fitness, nutrition, and human movement knowledge needed to earn the NASM’s Certified Personal Trainer (CPT) credential.

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Job Outlook for Personal Trainers

  • The U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics states that career opportunities for fitness trainers and instructors are expected to grow by 13%, over twice the expected growth rate for jobs overall.
  • According to, personal trainers in the U.S. earn on average $61,223 per year.
  • BLS analysis also anticipates improvements in fitness technology, fitness-related employment benefits, and changing demographics to enhance career opportunities for personal trainers.

NASM Certified Personal Trainer and Exam Preparation (Voucher Included) FAQs

Personal trainers provide information, motivation, and guidance for individuals and groups who want to maintain or improve their health. Personal trainers may address diet and nutrition, exercise, and mental and emotional well-being as part of their regimes. Many personal trainers work with individual clients, while others affiliate with health-related organizations.

Yes. Certification is extremely important due to the close working relationship with clients, their health, and their physical abilities. This requires domain-expert knowledge as well as discretion and trustworthiness. Earning a certification such as the NASM’s CPT indicates to clients, prospective employers, and partners that a personal trainer meets the highest standards of quality and reliability.

Personal trainers may work in private or public settings. Some work in clients’ homes or private offices. Others are affiliated with health clubs, clinics, or sports-related groups and facilities. Still others may work in hospitals, retirement communities, or other group settings.

NASM Certified Personal Trainer and Exam Preparation (Voucher Included) Objectives

  • Prepare to take and pass the National Academy of Sports Medicine (NASM) Certified Personal Trainer (CPT) exam
  • Master health and fitness topics, including nutrition, program design, human movement science, and fitness assessments
  • Learn and practice teaching, customer service, and first aid skills
  • Develop organizational and communication skills

Prerequisites and Requirements

There are no specific prerequisites for taking this course. This course is 100% online. Start anytime.
You have 6 months of access to this course.


  • Introduction and Resistance Training Concepts

    Physical activity guidelines as they relate to the Optimum Performance Training (OPT) model

  • Human Movement Assessments/Fitness Testing and Evaluation

    Major muscles and their functions; subjective, objective, and performance assessments

  • Concepts of Integrated Training — Flexibility, Cardiorespiratory, and Core

    Principles of human movement and flexibility; benefits of cardiorespiratory fitness and proper exercise techniques

  • Design of Fitness Programs and Modality

    Program design using the OPT model; acute training variables and exercise modalities

  • Special Populations, Nutrition, and Professional Development

    Program design adaptations for individuals with health impairments or physical conditions

  • Certification Exam Preparation

    Test taking strategies, practice exam; review NASM’s standards of professional practice as a professional fitness trainer


This is a self-paced course. However, support will be provided through email, online forms, and phone.

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