Learn about the national CPT test eligibility requirements. Candidates must meet the requirements by the Certification Council. Registration forms are available here. These sections will layout the areas to consider as a candidate to be a Certified Personal Trainer Level 1. The application to fill out and send in with payment is below. Candidates will test in hundreds of collegiate sites across the United States and Canada.
The Certification Council has approved requirements for eligibility to ensure that the application process is fair and impartial for all applicants. All candidates for certification must meet all the eligibility requirements established by the Council in effect at the time of their application for certification. Candidates cannot earn certification without passing the certification examination.
National Test Dates & Forms
Fee $350 includes the written 2 hour exam & a scheduled practical skill competency exam with a mock client. It can be paid with credit card, debit card or check. Returned check fees will incur a $35 fee.
Proof of CPR/AED needs to be sent by fax 757-428-3873 or e mailed to firstname.lastname@example.org prior to taking the exam.
W.I.T.S. has developed requirements for eligibility to ensure that the application process is fair and impartial for all applicants. All candidates for certification must meet all the eligibility requirements established by the Council in effect at the time of their application for certification. Candidates cannot earn certification without passing both the written and practical certification examinations.
Each eligibility requirement has been established to ensure that entry-level individuals certified by W.I.T.S. have an acceptable level of knowledge and personal training practical skill needed to demonstrate personal training-specific competency and a commitment to consumer safety in addressing health and fitness challenges and to assist people of all fitness levels reach their personal fitness goals. In establishing these requirements, the Certification Council acknowledges that a combination of both work education, training and demonstrated knowledge are essential for individuals earning the CPT-Level I credential.
All candidates must meet the following criteria to earn the CPT-Level I credential:
|Age||Minimum of 18 years|
|Education||Minimum of a high school diploma or equivalent (i.e. GED)|
|Training||Valid Adult CPR/AED Certification*|
|Ethics||Agree to adhere to the W.I.T.S. Code of Ethics|
|Written Examination||Passing score on the CPT-Level I multiple-choice examination.|
|Practical Examination||Passing score on the CPT-Level I practical examination.|
*A live, hands-on skills assessment verified by a qualified CPR instructor is required.
Each eligibility requirement has been established to ensure that entry-level individuals certified by W.I.T.S. have an acceptable level of knowledge and personal trainer practical skill competencies needed to demonstrate personal training-specific competency and a commitment to consumer safety in addressing health and fitness challenges and to assist people of all fitness levels reach their personal fitness goals. In establishing these requirements, the Certification Council acknowledges that a combination of both work education, training and demonstrated hands on knowledge are essential for individuals earning the CPT-Level I credential.
Each eligibility requirement has been selected to support the purpose of the credential: This is a health occupation and personal trainers do work with people’s lives with varying health conditions.
- Education: A high school diploma or its equivalent is accepted as the minimum educational requirement.
- Training: Advanced study in theoretical core knowledge of the human body under the stresses of exercise and hands on actionable knowledge is needed to lead the process in the field.
- Ethics: Required that all applicants agree to adhere to an enforceable Code of Ethics works to address these concerns. The online registry enables stakeholders to view the credentials of W.I.T.S. certificants, thereby enhancing consumer safety in the field of personal training. Code of Ethics Form is enclosed with registration.
- Exam: Applicants are required to pass the CPT-Level I examinations in both theory and practical skills to demonstrate that their education and training have resulted in sufficient understanding of the knowledge, skills, and abilities required to provide safe and competent evidence-based personal training services as determined by the job analysis study and represented on the examination content outline. It is essentials for the core knowledge and the practical hands on skill competencies be confirmed for consumer safety.
An application will be considered incomplete if any of the requested information is missing or illegible or the appropriate fee is not included.
Applications must be submitted online, unless the applicant has a disability that requires the application to be submitted in another format.
Candidates will be notified once via email that the application is incomplete and what must be done to complete the application. If the candidate does not respond, an email notification will be sent to inform the candidate that the application will not be processed.
The following levels of verification will be conducted for each eligibility requirement:
- Education: The applicant must share a copy of their High School Diploma or GED.
- Training: Applicants should submit a current copy of Adult CPR/AED certification that included a practical skills examination component (i.e. American Heart Association; American Red Cross)
- W.I.T.S. Code of Ethics: To ensure that the applicant has read the Code of Ethics and agrees to adhere to its requirements, the application form will be reviewed to ascertain that the applicant has signed the Code of Ethics.
Failure to Demonstrate Eligibility
Applicants who fail to demonstrate that they meet all of the eligibility requirements will not be permitted to take the CPT-Level I examination.
Question and Answers:
What if I need special accommodations (ADA)?
Candidates with special testing needs will be accommodated as best as possible. Given the limitations of a third-party testing facility, accommodations are restricted. Please contact the exam registration department for more information at (888) 330-9487 or by e-mail at email@example.com.
What happens after I register for the exam?
Once your examination date, site and time have been approved, you’ll receive an e-mail notification instructing you to download and print your confirmation. Exam day rules and site information will be located on this confirmation. Please make sure to bring your admission sheet for entry on exam day, along with an official government-issued ID with photo and signature. The name on your ID must match the name on your exam registration. You will not be able to sit for the exam without these items.
What if I need to reschedule?
You may reschedule your W.I.T.S. written and practical exams up to 72 hours EST before your exam date for a rescheduling fee of $75. Candidates that “no show” and do not reschedule prior to that deadline will be not be refunded and are subject to first-time exam fees for setting up a new testing date.
To reschedule, call 888-330-9487 or e mail firstname.lastname@example.org. Put in the subject line Reschedule My Exam. You’re only eligible to reschedule once, and you will be sent a confirmation after the payment is received. Once you’re new desired examination date, site and time have been approved, you’ll receive an e-mail notification 7-10 days prior to the test date instructing you to download and print your new confirmation ticket.
Exceptions to the reschedule fee will be considered on a case-by-case basis for documented serious illness, bereavement, natural disasters and other emergencies. In these instances, candidates must contact 72 hours prior to their exam and provide supporting documentation. Candidates who have requested special accommodations will need to contact us by e-mail at email@example.com with supporting documentation.
What if I need to cancel?
Cancellations must be made outside of 35 days from your confirmed testing date for a 50% refund of the exam fee paid. Refunds cannot be provided once an exam voucher has been redeemed or for exams that have already been rescheduled. If you registered for your exam within 35 days of the testing date, your only option is to reschedule as cancellations within 35 days will not be refunded.
Exceptions to the refund deadline will be considered on a case-by-case basis for documented cases of serious illness, bereavement, natural disasters or other emergencies. To apply for a refund, please e-mail firstname.lastname@example.org or send a fax including Attn: Exam Registration to 757-428-3873.