National Credential
Credential: Certified Personal Fitness Trainer-Exercise and Fitness Specialist (CPT-EFS)
Credentialing Agency: Academy of Applied Personal Training Education (AAPTE)

Academy of Applied Personal Training Education (AAPTE) Certified Personal Fitness Trainers-Exercise and Fitness Specialists (CPT-EFS) are fitness professionals proficient in the understanding of client assessment, exercise program design, physiology of human performance, biomechanics, nutrition, medical considerations and terminology, effective communication, and personal training ethics. The CFT-EFS exam assesses a candidate's essential knowledge in the exercise sciences and the application of the sciences in training the general population. Candidates must be at least 18 years old or a high school graduate, complete a human anatomy course or have active status NCCA accredited Personal Training Certification, and hold current CPR/AED certification.

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

Renewal Period: 2 years

Certified Personal Fitness Trainer-Exercise and Fitness Specialist (CPT-EFS)

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 8J Master Resilience Trainer-Facilitator ASI some          
Enlisted P5 Master Fitness Trainer ASI most          Gap Analysis

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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 Personal Fitness Trainer-Exercise and Fitness Specialist (CPT-EFS)

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: Current CPR/AED certification
  • Experience
  • Education
  • Training
  • Membership
  • Other
  • Fee

Exam Requirements ()

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

Renewal Period: 2 years

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

Academy of Applied Personal Training Education (AAPTE)
PO Box 539
East Meadow, NY  11554
Phone: (516) 222-0001
Fax: (516) 222-0004
Email: contactus@aapte.org

Certified Personal Fitness Trainer-Exercise and Fitness Specialist (CPT-EFS)

Candidate must have a current CPR / AED certification.

Candidate must complete a human anatomy course or have an active status NCCA accredited Personal Training Certification.

The Certified Personal Fitness Trainer-Exercise and Fitness Specialist (CPT-EFS) credential has the following other requirements:

  • Candidate must be at least 17 years old or a high school graduate.

Certified Personal Fitness Trainer-Exercise and Fitness Specialist (CPT-EFS)

  • Fundamental Knowledge (Anatomy, Physiology, Nutrition, Biomechanics, Kinesiology) (25%)
    • Understand Anatomy and Physiology of Movement.
    • Understand the process by which energy is utilized during aerobic and anaerobic metabolism.
    • Understand the structures of anatomy and the acute and chronic physiological adaptations that occur through an exercise stimulus.
    • Understand the sciences associated with resistance training biomechanics.
    • Understand the fundamental components of nutrition and applying methods to determine caloric requirements.
  • Health Screening and Client Assessment (21%)
    • Conduct a client consultation and Health Screening Process.
    • Interpret pre-screening forms in order to identify and classify Risk(s).
    • Consult with or refer the client to the appropriate healthcare professional to obtain medical clearance and/or exercise parameters.
    • Objectively determine fitness capacity to accomplish a task or exercise through baseline assessments.
  • Exercise Prescription, Programming and Implementation (22%)
    • Create an Appropriate Individualized Exercise Prescription (A.I.E.P)
    • Apply exercise parameters, Frequency, Intensity, Time, and Type (F.I.T.T. Principle) as they relate to creating an appropriate individual exercise program.
    • Select exercise modalities and manipulation of training variables in order to gain desired adaptations.
    • Implement an Appropriate Individualized Exercise Prescription (AIEP).
    • Understand flexibility, stretching and joint range of motion.
    • Avoidance, identification and intervention regarding an overtraining client.
  • Resistance Training Biomechanics, Exercise Technique and Programming Modification (22%)
    • Understand the principles of creating a resistance training exercise from a mechanical perspective.
    • Analyze an exercise relative to risk and benefit.
    • Understand muscular and skeletal considerations relative to exercise mechanics.
    • Monitor exercise technique and response to exercise stimulus, and modify as necessary.
    • Modify an exercise to achieve a mechanically efficient resistance training exercise.
    • Evaluate clients’ progress and exercise prescription to determine if an adjustment of goals and/or the exercise prescription is necessary and if program modifications are required.
  • Ethical Responsibilities and Scope of Practice (10%)
    • Adhere to AAPTE’s scope of practice, responsibility, professionalism, confidentiality and standard of ethics.
    • Understand the psychology of exercise.
    • Understand the importance of establishing credibility through effective business management.
    • Understand safety concerns and emergency response procedures.

There are a number of resources available to help you prepare for the Certified Personal Fitness Trainer-Exercise and Fitness Specialist (CPT-EFS) 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 Personal Fitness Trainer-Exercise and Fitness Specialist (CPT-EFS)

Renewal Period: 2 years

The Certified Personal Fitness Trainer-Exercise and Fitness Specialist (CPT-EFS) credential has the following recertification information:

  • CPT-EFS certification holders must renew their certification every two years. A minimum of fifteen (15.0) Continuing Education Credits (CECs) must be completed within the two (2) year certification period. A minimum of five (5) CECs must be obtained directly from the AAPTE.

    Additional recertification information can be found in the AAPTE Recertification Handbook.