NASM Personal Training Certification Course

The NASM CPT textbook

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  • Various study packages offered
  • New digital learning platform
  • The foundation of the course is based on NASM’s Optimum Performance Training Model (OPT) which is a systematic approach to personal training for every type of clien
  • Prerequisites  – CPR and high school diploma or GED
  • Covers behavioral change to assist clients with personal hurdles
  • Focus on client assessments to develop plans best suited for each person
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Pros & Cons

What we like ...
  • Lots of study materials available: textbook, app, videos, and podcasts
  • Built-in opportunities for post-certification internships
  • NASM is NCCA-certified
  • Discounts often available
  • Financing available
  • Options for remote or in-person exam
  • Other courses available for advanced learning
  • Bundle CPT with nutrition and other courses for a discount
What needs improvement ...
  • Higher cost than some other certification programs
  • Textbook not included in two most basic packages
  • Textbook/online training modules alone may not prepare you well for exam
  • Short time frame to take the exam, especially if you work full-time

Product Summary

Have you ever thought about becoming a personal trainer but did not think you had the time or budget? The National Academy of Sport Medicine (NASM) offers several course packages at varying prices, each with the option of monthly payments, for anyone looking to become a certified personal trainer (CPT).  This program requires you to have a valid CPR/AED and high diploma or GED. NASM asserts that it is possible to become certified in as little as four weeks. However,  many of those who have completed it report the length to be longer.

With a new digital learning platform, this course is available on any smart device for easy access. The foundation of the NASM-CPT is the patented Optimum Performance Training Model (OPT) which is a systematic approach to personal training for any individual with whom you work with a focus on assessment. This in-depth course covers the following areas: professional development and responsibility, client relations and behavioral coaching, basic and applied sciences and nutritional concepts, assessment, exercise technique and training instruction, and program design.

The NASM CPT program is an investment and will require dedicated time to study, prepare, and test. A 70% accuracy is required to pass the reportedly challenging examination and recertification is required every two years. But, with the CPT certification, you can be a personal trainer in virtually any establishment.


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      NASM’s digital CPT program is a highly reputable and in-depth certification program for anyone looking to become a personal trainer.