NASM Certified Personal Trainer and Exam Preparation (Voucher Included)

If you want an exciting career helping others achieve their fitness goals, start with this NASM Certified Personal Trainer and Exam Preparation course. It's a unique online course that prepares you for the National Academy of Sports Medicine (NASM) exam. The NCCA-accredited NASM personal trainer certification is one of the most respected in the health and fitness industry. Start with this prep course to become a certified personal trainer (CPT) and reach your career goals.

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6 Months / 80 Course Hrs
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NASM Certified Personal Trainer and Exam Preparation (Voucher Included)

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Course code: GES146

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

How you will benefit

  • Prepare for the NASM Certified Personal Trainer CPT certification exam
  • Be ready to start your career as a Certified Personal Trainer or an Athletic trainer

How the course is taught

  • Self-paced, online course
  • 6 Months to complete
  • Open enrollment, begin anytime
  • 80 course hours
  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

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 Certification Exam:

  1. Candidate must have a high school diploma or GED
  2. Candidate must 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 or Mac.

Software Requirements:

  • PC: Windows 8 or newer.
  • Mac: macOS 10.10 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 be also be available to you such as videos, presentations, readings, quizzes, and activities.

Based on scientific research and fitness expert experience, the course is directly aligned with critical occupational competencies, including those defined by the Bureau of Labor Statistics Occupational Outlook. Each module is broken down into separate topics, such as human movement science, nutrition, movement assessments, and program design. You'll also learn how to create an integrated training program using the unique NASM OPT model (Optimum Performance Training)—a safe and effective way to help a client reach any goal.

This course includes preparation, all study materials, and the personal trainer certification exam fee.

The NCCA accredited NASM CPT Personal Trainer Exam is taken at a local testing center (PSI), and you can schedule your exam date after completion of the course. You'll then be able to sit for the NASM CPT exam, and upon passing you will be certified.

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Yes, this course prepares you for the NCCA accredited NASM CPT Personal Trainer Exam. The exam is taken at a local testing center (PSI), and you can schedule your exam date after completion of the course.

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

This course is self-paced and open enrollment, so you can start when you want and finish at your own pace. When you register, you'll receive six (6) months to complete the course.

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 your Student Advisor to help you work out a suitable completion date. Please note that an extension fee may be charged.

You may be assigned with an instructor or team of industry experts for one-on-one course interaction. Your support will be available (via email) to answer any questions you may have and to provide feedback on your performance. All of our instructors are successful working professionals in the fields in which they teach. You will be assigned to an Advisor for academic support.

Upon successful completion of the course, you will be awarded a certificate of completion. You will also be able to sit for the NCCA accredited NASM CPT Personal Trainer Exam that is taken at a local testing center (PSI) and you can schedule your exam date after completion of the course.

This course will provide you with the skills you need to obtain an entry-level position in most cases. Potential students should always do research on the job market in their area before registering.

This course is non-credit, so it does not qualify for federal aid, FAFSA and Pell Grant. In some states, vocational rehab or workforce development boards will pay for qualified students to take our courses. Additionally, some students may qualify for financial assistance when they enroll, if they meet certain requirements. Financing is available from select schools. Learn more about financial assistance.

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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.

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.

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).

National Academy of Sports Medicine (NASM)
The National Academy of Sports Medicine (NASM) develops comprehensive programs to educate and train sports medicine professionals and advance the field. By incorporating the latest scientific research into all of its programs, NASM takes its sports medicine education to the next level, allowing those who earn its credentials to excel as well. Whether you're a beginner in the field or an experienced trainer, courses certified by NASM will help you impress your clients—and improve your career prospects.