NASM Certified Weight Loss Coach (CPT, CNC, WLS) (Vouchers Included)

This course gives you the most extensive resources available to successfully pass the widely respected National Academy of Sports Medicine (NASM) certification exams. Using online videos, presentations, quizzes, readings, and interactive activities, you will receive thorough guidance and gain an understanding of Certified Personal Trainer (CPT), Certified Nutrition Coach (CNC), and Weight Loss Specialists (WLS) content. You will also acquire the knowledge needed to sit for these exams...

9 Months / 240 Course Hrs
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NASM Certified Weight Loss Coach (CPT, CNC, WLS) (Vouchers Included)

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Course code: GES1043

What you will learn

  • Mastery of health and fitness topics, including nutrition, program design, human movement science, and fitness assessments, among others
  • Teaching, customer service, and first aid skills
  • Organizational and communication skills
  • Foundational principles of nutrition science, including metabolism, macronutrients, micronutrients, hydration, alcohol, and nutrient timing
  • How culture, age, geographic region, and socioeconomic status influence dietary eating patterns
  • To customize a communication and coaching approach to fit your client's profile
  • To conduct a comprehensive client assessment and body composition testing
  • To explain the mechanisms and science behind trending diets and weight loss
  • The obesity epidemic, client assessments, and more

How you will benefit

  • Prepare for the NASM-CPT certification exam
  • Be ready to start your career as a certified personal trainer or an athletic trainer
  • As a NASM Certified Nutrition Coach, you will be able to coach clients in both fitness and nutrition
  • Create customized, evidence-based nutrition programs for your fitness clients
  • Gain the skills and expertise needed to fill health and fitness jobs, such as sports nutritionist, weight management consultant, and wellness coach
  • Designed to be an additional certification on an existing portfolio, thus bolstering marketability
  • Show a deeper level of competence in the subject of weight loss
  • Have all necessary CEUs to renew the NASM-CPT certification

How the course is taught

  • Self-paced, online course
  • 9 Months to complete
  • Open enrollment, begin anytime
  • 240 course hours
  1. NASM Certified Personal Trainer (CPT)
    1. Professional Development and Responsibility
      1. Modern State of Health and Fitness
      2. The Personal Training Profession
    2. Client Relations and Behavioral Coaching
      1. Psychology of Exercise
      2. Behavioral Coaching
    3. Basic and Applied Sciences and Nutritional Concepts
      1. Nervous, Skeletal, and Muscular Systems
      2. Cardiorespiratory, Endocrine, and Digestive Systems
      3. Human Movement Science
      4. Exercise Metabolism and Bioenergetics
      5. Nutrition
      6. Supplementation
    4. Assessment
      1. Health, Wellness, and Fitness Assessments
      2. Posture, Movement, and Performance Assessments
    5. Exercise Technique and Training Instruction
      1. Integrated Training and the OPT Model
      2. Flexibility Training Concepts
      3. Cardiorespiratory Training Concepts
      4. Core Training Concepts
      5. Balance Training Concepts
      6. Plyometric (Reactive) Training Concepts
      7. Speed, Agility, and Quickness Training Concepts
      8. Resistance Training Concepts
    6. Program Design
      1. The Optimum Performance Training Model
      2. Introduction to Exercise Modalities
      3. Chronic Health Conditions and Special Populations
  2. NASM Certified Nutrition Coach (CNC)
    1. Nutritional Science
      1. Introduction
      2. Scope of Practice
      3. Evidence-Based Nutrition and Practice
      4. Food Preference and Influences
      5. Energy Balance and Metabolism
      6. Protein
      7. Carbohydrates
      8. Fats
      9. Alcohol
      10. Micronutrients
      11. Hydration
      12. Nutrient Timing
      13. Supplements
    2. Behavior Change Strategies
      1. Psychology of Weight Control and Behavior Change
      2. Coaching and Communication
      3. Motivational Interviewing
      4. Goal Setting
    3. Nutrition Coaching
      1. Dietary Assessment and Body Composition Testing
      2. Food and Supplement Labels and Portion Size
      3. Helping Clients Navigate the Real World
      4. Navigating Diets
      5. Nutrition Hot Topics and Controversies
      6. Managing Weight-Loss Plateaus and Maintaining Weight Loss
      7. Programming – Putting it All Together
  3. NASM Weight Loss Specialist (WLS)
    1. Introduction to the NASM Weight Loss Specialist
      1. Introduction
      2. Scope of Practice
    2. The Obesity Epidemic
      1. The State of Obesity
      2. The Physiology of Obesity
      3. Psychosocial and Obesity
    3. The Science of Weight Loss
      1. Metabolism
      2. Nutrition and Supplementation
      3. The Impact of Exercise on Weight Loss
      4. Psychology of Weight Loss
    4. Client Assessments
      1. The Client Intake Process
      2. Conducting Fitness Assessments
    5. The Weight Loss Coaching Process
      1. Fitness Coaching Strategies for Weight Loss
      2. Integrating Nutrition and Fitness with Weight Loss Client
      3. Weight Maintenance and Sustainability

This is not an instructor facilitated course; however, support will be provided through email, online forms, and phone.


There are no prerequisites to take this course. However, there are prerequisites to complete the NCCA Accredited CPT Certification Exam through NASM:

  • Have a high school diploma or GED
  • Hold current Emergency Cardiac Care (CPR) and Automated External Defibrillator (AED) certification before attempting the exam (not included with course)


Hardware Requirements:

  • This course can be taken on either a PC, Mac, or Chromebook.

Software Requirements:

  • PC: Windows 10 or later.
  • Mac: macOS 10.16 or later.
  • Browser: The latest version of Google Chrome or Mozilla Firefox are preferred. Microsoft Edge and Safari are also compatible.
  • Adobe Acrobat Reader.
  • Software must be installed and fully operational before the course begins.


  • Email capabilities and access to a personal email account.

Instructional Material Requirements:

The instructional materials required for this course are included in enrollment. The following textbooks will be shipped to you approximately 7-10 business days after enrollment:

  • NASM Essentials of Personal Fitness Training
  • You'll also receive access to practice exams and study materials, to help you prepare for your certification exam. A robust set of resources will also be available to you such as videos, presentations, readings, quizzes, and activities.

Please note: You will receive a digital book if the physical book is on backorder.

Yes, you will be prepared to sit for the Weight Loss Specialist (WLS), the NASM Certified Nutrition Coach (CNC), and the NCCA accredited NASM Certified Personal Trainer (CPT) exams offered online through NASM. The CPT exam can be taken online or at a local (PSI) testing center.

This course is open enrollment, so you can register and start the course whenever you are ready. Access to your course can take 24-48 business hours.

After you register, you will receive 9 months to complete the course. The time allotted for completion has been calculated based on the number of course hours.

The time allotted for course completion has been calculated based on the number of course hours. However, if you are unable to complete the course, contact the student advising team to see what options you may have available to work out a suitable completion date. Please note that an extension fee may be charged.

Our courses are designed to accommodate various learning preferences. Depending on the course structure, you may get different forms of support. Self-paced courses are designed to be user-friendly and independent, minimizing the need for external support. In courses with instructors, our direct platform support feature includes opportunities for questions, discussions, and remediation, with email and phone support available for select courses. Our student advising team is available to guide you on program requirements and administrative requests, but they do not provide assistance with course content. Our goal is to provide you with the necessary support for success, whether it's through self-paced exploration, direct communication, or guidance from our advising team.

Upon successfully passing the final exam, you will be awarded a certificate of completion from the school or organization that you registered through.

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The best personal trainer certification is the NASM Certified Personal Trainer credential, especially if you want to work with people of all fitness levels and varying physical abilities. This certification from the National Academy of Sports Medicine is the easiest way to ensure that you have all the fundamentals you need to be a knowledgeable trainer, because it has very few prerequisites. NASM is a rewarding option whether you're coaching elite athletes or clients who lead moderately active lifestyles. NASM also focuses on injury prevention and rehabilitation with an ear to current discoveries and studies in the field. You'll be able to instruct your clients in safety techniques as well as keep them from aggravating existing injuries or musculoskeletal issues.

NASM-certified personal trainers are among the most desirable fitness professionals. This credential is one of the top certifications available in the United States, because it's such a versatile springboard for careers in fitness and athletic training, clinical fitness training, and sports medicine. Depending on your career focus, you may want to supplement this training with other certifications. With this as your foundation, you can mix and match other credentials from NASM and other reputable training organizations, like ACSM and NCSF. The Senior Personal Trainer Certification or the NCSF Certified Strength Coach (CSC) program may be good specializations to pursue in addition to the NASM certification.

There are several different personal trainer certifications, and their specialization opportunities and requirements depend on their accrediting organization. The five best personal trainer certifications are awarded by the American Council on Exercise (ACE), American College of Sports Medicine (ACSM), International Sports Sciences Association (ISSA), National Academy of Sports Medicine (NASM), and National Strength and Conditioning Association (NSCA). Each of these organizations offers personal trainer certifications, as well as specialized endorsements to help you bring focus to your career.

Personal trainer certifications are often combined with specialized training qualifications, including corrective exercise, performance enhancement, strength coaching, advanced personal fitness training, personal training and group exercise training for older adults, and much more. Many personal trainers start out with a fundamental certification, like the NASM Certified Personal Trainer credential, and they further their education and their career over time. However, some preparation courses and tests combine the CPT exam with a supplemental endorsement in one of the specialized tracks, which is a great choice if you have a particular focus in mind.

The top five personal training certifications are also the most popular among today's trainers and employers. These are awarded by the American Council on Exercise (ACE), American College of Sports Medicine (ACSM), International Sports Sciences Association (ISSA), National Academy of Sports Medicine (NASM), and National Strength and Conditioning Association (NSCA).

Before completing any of these top personal training certifications, you'll need to start by earning your CPR and AED certificate. That's all that's required before you pursue Certified Personal Trainer credentials from NASM or ACE, but the others—ACSM, ISSA, and NSCA—do require you to have a high school diploma or GED. If you have all the prerequisites, and you still can't decide, consider the particular approaches to training that each organization takes.

ACE is a great choice for prospective trainers who want to work with a variety of clients and ability levels. ACSM is a good choice if you plan to work in medical centers and with seniors. ISSA is an academic institution, and its curriculum is implemented by the U.S. Department of Education. NASM is very well-rounded with some extra attention to injury prevention and rehab. Lastly, NSCA is another well-rounded certification and focuses on training for more active lifestyles.