National Credential
Credential: Certified CrossFit Trainer (CCFT)  ANSI resource
Credentialing Agency: CrossFit

The Certified CrossFit Trainer (CCFT) credential ensures that an individual possesses the standard knowledge and skill set required to train clients effectively. This is an advanced-level certification that requires a minimum of 1500 hours of active strength and conditioning coaching at the collegiate or professional level to sit for the exam. Candidates may substitute other CrossFit certificates for a portion of the required hours. The exam contains questions that require the candidate to utilize knowledge gained from his or her coaching experience. Topics included on the exam include screening and assessment, programming/program design, coaching, class and athlete management, and professional performance and responsibilities.

More information can be found on the certifying agency's website.

Renewal Period: 3 years

Certified CrossFit Trainer (CCFT)

The following Army Occupations provide training and/or experience that contributes to attaining this credential:

Personnel Category Occupation Occupation Type Related As Promotion Points Skill Level Star Proponent Funded Gap Analysis
Enlisted 11B Infantryman MOS some          
Enlisted 11C Indirect Fire Infantryman MOS some          
Enlisted 19D Cavalry Scout MOS some          
Enlisted 19K M1 Armor Crewman MOS some          
Enlisted 68F Physical Therapy Specialist MOS some          

Army Table Legend


Related As

The military occupations shown in this table are related to this credential in one of four ways: Most, Some, or Other.

Most: This credential is directly related to most of the major duties associated with the military occupation (at least 80%). Note that the credential may require additional education, training or experience before you are eligible for it.

Some: This credential is related to some tasks associated with the duties of the military occupation (related 80% to at least one or more critical tasks but less than 80% of all of the entire military occupation). Note that the credential may require additional education, training or experience before you are eligible for it.

Other: This credential is related to this military occupation, but is more advanced or specialized and therefore will likely require additional education, training, or experience.

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This credential has been approved for promotion points for this MOS towards promotion to Sergeant and Staff Sergeant. Clicking the Promotion Points icon will open a link to the promotion points fact sheet.

Skill Level Designation

Skill Level I: This skill level consists of all Soldiers in the ranks of Private (pay grade E-1) up to Specialist (pay grade E-4). Time in Service (TIS) is generally between initial entry and four Years of Service (YOS). This skill level is Entry-level positions requiring performance of tasks under direct supervision.

Institutional training:

  • Structured Self-Development (SSD) level I
  • Basic Leader Course (BLC)

Skill Level II: This skill level is obtained when promoted to Sergeant (paygrade E-5). TIS is generally between 4-8 YOS. Positions requiring performance of more difficult tasks under general supervision; and in some instances, involving supervision of Soldiers in SL1.

Institutional training:

  • Structured Self-Development (SSD) level II
  • Advance Leader Course (ALC)

Skill Level III: This skill level is obtained when promoted to Staff Sergeant (paygrade E-6). TIS is generally between 8-12 YOS. Positions requiring performance of still more difficult tasks and involving first line supervision of Soldiers in SL1 & SL2.

Institutional training:

  • Senior Leader Course (SLC)
  • Structured Self-Development (SSD) level III

Skill level IV: This skill level is obtained when promoted to the rank of Sergeant First Class (paygrade E-7). TIS is generally between 12-18 YOS. Positions requiring relatively detailed knowledge of all tasks specified for a given MOS, normally involving first-line supervision of Soldiers in SLs 1, 2, and 3, and involving managerial duties.

Institutional training:

  • Master Leader Course (MLC)
  • Structured Self-Development (SSD) level IV
  • Senior Enlisted Joint Professional Military Education (SEJPME) I Course

Skill level V: This skill level is obtained when promoted to the rank of Master Sergeant (paygrade E-8). TIS is generally between 18-22 YOS. Positions requiring direct and indirect leadership roles with expertise in company and battalion-level operations and competency across a given CMF, serving as members of a staff at every level in the Army, with a full understanding of the allocation of resources and their utilization in order to accomplish Army functions and missions.

Institutional training:

  • United States Army Sergeants Major Academy (USASMA)
  • Structured Self-Development (SSD) level V

Skill level VI: This skill level is obtained when promoted to the rank of Sergeants Major (paygrade E-9). TIS is generally between 22-30 YOS. Positions requiring organizational leadership roles with multi-dimensional expertise in units and teams on division, corps, and Army staffs, integrated with Joint, Interagency, Intergovernmental, and Multinational (JIIM) partners with a full understanding of the Force Generation process, operations at all echelons, and how the Army runs.

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Star credentials are MOS enhancing, as designated by the Proponent. MOS enhancing credentials are directly related to an MOS or ASI, are taught either partially or completely as part of a Program of Instruction (POI), and improve the MOS technical proficiency.

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This icon indicates credentials which Soldiers may have funded through their MOS proponent. Some proponents offer credentialing opportunities in conjunction with military training and/or as part of MOS development beyond the training base.

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Certified CrossFit Trainer (CCFT)

Eligibility Requirements ()

Note: This credential may have multiple options for becoming eligible. Listed below are the minimum requirements based on the minimum degree required. To view other options, see the Eligibility tab.

  • Credential Prerequisite
  • Experience: 1500 hours
  • Education
  • Training
  • Membership
  • Other
  • Fee

Exam Requirements ()

  • Written Exam
  • Oral Exam
  • Practical Exam
  • Performance Assessment

Renewal Period: 3 years

  • Continuing Education
  • Exam
  • Continuing Education OR Exam
  • Fee
  • Other

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Certified CrossFit Trainer (CCFT)

Pathway 1: Candidates must have a current CrossFit Level 1 Trainer certificate and CrossFit Level 2 Trainer certificate and 750 hours of coaching CrossFit for groups or individuals.

Hours must be accrued while candidate's Level 1 is current and must have been accumulated within the last five years.

Pathway 2: Candidates must have 1,500 hours of active strength and conditioning coaching at the collegiate or professional level.

Hours need to have occurred for groups or individuals during employment for a college/university or professional sports team and must have been accumulated in the last five years

The Certified CrossFit Trainer (CCFT) credential has the following other requirements:

  • Candidates must possess a current cardiopulmonary resuscitation (CPR) certificate. See the CCFT Candidate Handbook for a full list of acceptable certificates.

Certified CrossFit Trainer (CCFT)

  • Domain 1: Screening and Assessment (13%)
  • Domain 2: Programming/Program Design (13%)
  • Domain 3: Coaching (48%)
  • Domain 4: Class and Athlete Management (9%)
  • Domain 5: Professional Performance and Responsibilities (17%)

There are a number of resources available to help you prepare for the Certified CrossFit Trainer (CCFT) examination:

An additional resource is Safari Books Online, a searchable digital library that provides online access to thousands of books, training videos and conference sessions. See the Educational Resources page here on COOL to learn how to get free access.

Certified CrossFit Trainer (CCFT)

Renewal Period: 3 years

The Certified CrossFit Trainer (CCFT) credential has the following recertification information:

  • Certificants must maintain a current Cardiopulmonary Resuscitation (CPR) Certificate. A full list of acceptable certificates can be found in the CCFT Candidate Handbook.
  • Certificants must complete the Learning Needs Assessment (LNA) and document a total of 50 continuing education units (CEUs) of approved professional-development activities during the recertification period. Guidelines for CEUs can be found in the CCFT Candidate Handbook. A list of approved CEU providers can be found on the CrossFit website.
  • Certificants must complete a minimum of 300 hours of practical coaching per year.  Hours must be direct coaching hours with groups or individuals using CrossFit training methods.