PTA Global

Certified Personal Trainer (PTA-CPT)


Credential: Certified Personal Trainer (PTA-CPT)  NCCA resource CA Eligible
Credentialing Agency: PTA Global

Renewal Period: 2 years

The PTA Global, Certified Personal Trainer (CPT) credential enables work as a professionally certified personal trainer. Candidates must have a high school diploma or GED, be at least 18 years old, and hold a current CPR/AED certification. Candidates must pass a written exam covering the topics of program design, human sciences, human behavior, workplace practices, nutrition, and special populations.

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

Certified Personal Trainer (PTA-CPT)

MINIMUM REQUIREMENTS

Attainability:    high

Eligibility Requirements (View Details)

  • Credential Prerequisite
  • Experience
  • Education: High School Diploma/GED
  • Training
  • Membership
  • Other
  • Fee

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

Exam Requirements (View Details)

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

RECERTIFICATION SUMMARY

Renewal Period: 2 years

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

AGENCY CONTACT INFORMATION

PTA Global

1774 Platte Street
Denver, CO  80202

Phone: 1-877-647-0690

Email: certificationboard@ptaglobal.com

Candidates must have obtained a high school diploma or equivalent (GED) before registering for the CPT Exam.

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

  • Candidates must be 18 years of age before registering for the CPT exam.
  • Candidates must be CPR/AED certified at the time of exam registration.

Written Exam

  • Program Design (19%)
    • Discern the various principles and acute variables of exercise prescription and periodization (Frequency, Intensity, Time, Type)
    • Develop safe and effective client programming strategies using the principles and acute variables of exercise prescription for different goals and ability levels
    • Deliver a client needs analysis assessment following initial and ongoing client consultations
    • Demonstrate exercise modification strategies to meet the client abilities and goals
    • Demonstrate and apply various forms of exercise and equipment utilization for different clients
    • Knowledge of exercise technique and application
    • Knowledge of elemental physiological processes and outcomes
    • Knowledge of program design, sequencing, progression and regression, and maintenance
    • Conduct a client intake review
    • Obtain Health History Form from new clients
    • Establish goals with clients collaboratively
    • Create a timeline and schedule with frequencies and durations of training sessions
    • Match movement to client style and personality
  • Exercise Sciences (22%)
    • Differentiate the various systems in the body and how they function as a unit/organism
    • Detail the physiological processes that produce human movement
    • Detail the physiological responses to movement of different intensities
    • Discern and apply the various forces that the body deals with during movement
    • Knowledge of the basic anatomy principles as they relate to exercise
    • Knowledge of the basic principles of physical sciences as they relate to exercise
    • Knowledge of acceptable ranges of heart rate, levels of exertion, levels of hydration
    • Knowledge of muscle origins and insertions and overall musculoskeletal function
    • Knowledge regarding acceptable energy intake requirements versus output of exertion
    • Knowledge of a client’s potential to over-train or over-exercise
    • Detail how posture effects movement
    • Target specific energy systems toward client goals and needs
    • Apply appropriate acute training variables
    • Consider client adaptation to exercise (SAID)
    • Monitor for client daily adaptations or failure to adapt to stress
    • Build in appropriate recovery and rest periods
    • Incorporate multi-planar movements when appropriate
    • Select proper order of exercise appropriate for the client
    • Conduct proper exercise progression and/or regression of exercise
  • Human Behavior (18%)
    • Discuss and discern the neurophysiological process of behavioral change in humans
    • Differentiate various types of questions and their importance in establishing client rapport and trust
    • Deliver appropriate client prospecting techniques and ways to overcome objections
    • Detail strategies to work with difficult clients
    • Deliver practical strategies for stimulating healthy client behavior change
    • Knowledge of basic human behavior and communication
    • Knowledge of effective interview techniques
    • Knowledge of client motivation and behavioral roadblocks that may prevent client progress
    • Knowledge of active listening techniques
    • Knowledge of basic techniques to increase adherence
  • Workplace Practices (15%)
    • Detail strategies to gain and sustain a clientele
    • Detail strategies for objectively assessing a client’s capabilities to participate in exercise
    • Detail strategies for working with other professional industries
    • Knowledge of basic accounting, scheduling, record-keeping, and bookkeeping
    • Knowledge of employer/workplace policies regarding facility safety
    • Knowledge of acceptable workplace behaviors
    • Knowledge of recruitment and retention of clients
    • Knowledge of personal liability insurance availability and amounts
    • Identify a health issue and advise client to seek reference
    • Check with client at appropriate times throughout the workout
    • Communicate and demonstrate safe and proper exercise form
    • Set up safe workout environment prior to session
    • Present a professional appearance and conduct
    • Focus on and pay attention to client throughout session
    • Time-manage own schedule and client sessions
    • Elicit client feedback on exercise performance
  • Nutrition (15%)
    • Differentiate between various macro- and micro-nutrients
    • Detail the importance/influence of food to the human body before, during, and after exercise
    • Detail the effect of food and eating behaviors on body composition and health
    • Differentiate between various eating strategies for different types of people
    • Differentiate between various eating strategies for different types of people
    • Knowledge regarding the nutritional content/components/composition of common foods and drinks
    • Knowledge of the limitations of trainers to recommend/plan dietary programs for clients
    • Advise clients on basic nutrition principles relating to energy systems utilized
    • Communicate basic principles of hydration, blood-sugar, and macro-nutrition to clients
    • Recognize and adhere to boundaries of scope of practice with regard to nutrition
    • Recognize signs and symptoms of low blood-sugar and dehydration
  • Special Populations (15%)
    • Deliver safe and effective exercise strategies specific to older adults needs
    • Differentiate the various types of behavioral strategies necessary for safe and effective exercise in the youth population
    • Detail the physiological responses of the human body to pregnancy
    • Deliver safe and effective exercise for pregnant mothers
    • Knowledge of special factors which may affect the exercise program and/or ability of youth
    • Knowledge of special factors which may affect the exercise program and/or ability of seniors and older populations
    • Knowledge of special factors which may affect the exercise program and/or ability of people who are overweight or obese
    • Knowledge of special factors which may affect the exercise program and/or ability of people with chronic pain or injuries
    • Recognize signs and symptoms of low blood pressure, insulin shock, and diabetic coma
    • Recognize special conditions based on medical and health history (e.g. pregnancy)
    • Obtain physician release forms as necessary
    • Recognize and adhere to boundaries of scope of practice with regard to medical and health concerns
    • Adjust measurements and interpretations for clients with special limitations
    • Identify past injuries and risk of injury
    • Identify exercise contraindication based on injuries and limitations
    • Recognize limitations and make adjustments for youth and aging populations

Exam Preparation Resources

There are a number of resources available to help you prepare for the Certified Personal Trainer (PTA-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 section on the Related Sites page here on COOL to learn how to get free access.

RECERTIFICATION

Certified Personal Trainer (PTA-CPT)

Renewal Period: 2 years

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

  • CPT certification is valid for two years. Certification holders must complete at least 24 CECs (approximately 24 hours of CB approved credit study) There is no fee for recertification. Detailed information about recertification can be found in the Policies and Procedures Manual.

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Credential is related to some tasks associated with the duties of the military occupation (at least one critical task but less than 80%)

Most

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1-3 years experience; Enlisted E1 through E4

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4-10 years experience; Enlisted E5 through E6

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10+ years experience; Enlisted E7 and Above

Early Career

1-3 years experience; Enlisted “A” School through E5

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4-10 years experience; Enlisted E6 through E7

Late Career

10+ years experience; Enlisted E8 and Above

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Low

May be difficult to attain: minimum education requirement is a Bachelor's degree, and/or minimum experience is 10 or more years.

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Medium

Moderate ease of attainment: minimum education requirement = Associate's and/or prerequisite and/or minimum experience = more than 2 years and less than 10 years of experience.

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High

Highly attainable: mimum education requirement = HS or less and/or minimum experience = 2 years or less experience and no additional requirements.

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ASI is Additional Skill Identifier
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AOC is Area Of Concentration Officer

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