National Credential
Credential: Certified Personal Trainer (ACTION-CPT)  NCCA resource
Credentialing Agency: ACTION

The ACTION, Certified Personal Trainer (CPT) is an entry-level fitness certification. Personal Trainers work with a variety of clients, perform subjective and objective fitness assessments, develop safe and effective exercise programs based on principles of exercise science, anatomy, and assist clients in the identification and selection of fitness related goals. CPT candidates are assessed on various topics including, anatomy, biomechanics, client assessment, program design, safety, legal and business. Candidates must take and pass a written exam.

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

Renewal Period: 2 years

Certified Personal Trainer (ACTION-CPT)

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 37F Psychological Operations Specialist MOS some          
Enlisted 68F Physical Therapy Specialist MOS some          
Enlisted 8J Master Resilience Trainer-Facilitator ASI some          
Enlisted Soldier Common Core MOS some          
Enlisted P5 Master Fitness Trainer ASI most          

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 Personal Trainer (ACTION-CPT)

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
  • 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

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Certified Personal Trainer (ACTION-CPT)

The Certified Personal Trainer (ACTION-CPT) credential has the following other requirements:

  • Candidates do not have to possess any prior experience within the fitness industry or have any prior educational credits to take the exam.
  • Certified Personal Trainers must adhere to the ACTION Certification Personal Trainer Code of Conduct, refer to the Certification Handbook for details.

Certified Personal Trainer (ACTION-CPT)

  • Basic Knowledge (25-29%)
    • Anatomy and Physiology
    • Biomechanics and Exercise Analysis
    • Correct Exercise Form
    • Personal trainer Scope of Practice
  • Health, Lifestyle, and Goal Screening and Assessment (8-12%)
    • Client Goals
    • Lifestyle Assessment
    • Medical History and Risk Factors
  • Fitness Assessment (12-15%)
    • Body Composition
    • Cardio Assessment
    • Flexibility Assessment
    • Functional Assessment
    • Identify Risk Factors
    • Strength/Endurance Assessment
  • Program Design & Implementation (22-25%)
    • Program Design
    • Exercise Selection and Performance
    • Safety and Warning Signs
  • Nutrition Awareness (5-8%)
    • Carbohydrate Consumption
    • Fat Consumption
    • Protein Consumption
    • Proper Hydration
    • Supplements
  • Progress Tracking (7-10%)
    • Benchmark Assessment
    • Continuous Communication and Follow-Up
    • Long-Term Planning
    • Program Re-design and Suggesting New Goals
  • Business & Legal (9-12%)
    • Building A Client Base
    • Business Entities
    • Contracts, Liability, and Budget
    • Ethics and Privacy

There are a number of resources available to help you prepare for the Certified Personal Trainer (ACTION-CPT) 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 Trainer (ACTION-CPT)

Renewal Period: 2 years

The Certified Personal Trainer (ACTION-CPT) credential has the following recertification information:

  • Recertification also requires proof of a current CPR/AED certification card.