Read the CI-CPT Candidate Guide for complete details on the certification process and credential.
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Research has shown that CI-CPT exam candidates increase the probability of passing the CI-CPT exam by 123% when using 3 or more preparation resources.
In addition to the Personal Trainer Education course, the most useful resources reported by exam candidates are:
Exam candidates with on the job experience in health and physical activity and completion of relevant college course work have higher rates of success. As with any goal or objective, the more time and effort you put into achieving the objective the more likely you are to achieve that objective.
You must meet the following in order to take the CI-CPT exam:
In addition to the above, you can expect these four Performance Domains covered (with percentage of questions):
See the Candidate Guide for more details.
Cooper Institute education is not required to be eligible for the exam. Educational resources are for learning and knowledge purposes. Educational resources do not teach you how to take the exam. You should gain a level of familiarity with the information to effectively process the knowledge and apply it to a job situation.
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For those new to the field, a minimum of 75 hours of independent study is recommended. An additional 10 hours of role play (that is, simulated personal trainer scenarios) is recommended to help in applying factual information to typical job situations. To be most effective, each practice scenario should require the application of knowledge elements from multiple domains.
Resources listed can help you obtain the knowledge, skills, and abilities that are needed to perform as a personal trainer. Other reputable resources exist and candidates should not feel limited to only these resources listed. No guarantee is made with regard to the use of these resources and exam performance.
|Exam Domain||Percentage of Exam Questions*||Minimum Recommended Study Time||Suggested Resources**|
1 Personal Training Education (PTE) offered by CI – 4 1/2 day live and online courses available. Recommended if you do not have an exercise science-related degree, and/or if you are new to the field and have no/limited experience or formal training. Course fee includes Principles of Health and Fitness textbook.
2 Personal Trainer Knowledge, Skills, and Abilities (KSA) available at CooperInstitute.org
3 Extracted from the Principles of Health and Fitness textbook
* Other reputable resources available nationally may also be used to further knowledge in the field.
Health and Medical Review; and Fitness Assessment
Fitness Training: Design, Implementation, and Evaluation
Please Note: Register under the name shown on your photo ID and CPR card. These documents must match the registration name or you will not be admitted to the exam. Exam fees are non-refundable 24 hours before the exam time.
The Cooper Institute Certified Personal Trainer (CI-CPT) exam in standardized format is available in Pearson VUE professional testing centers across the U.S., Mexico, Canada, Brazil, the Virgin Islands, and U.S. Military Testing Centers worldwide.
Exam Price: $289
Retest Price: $195*
*Call CI at 1-800-635-7050 for a discount voucher before scheduling a retest with Pearson Vue
Call 1-877-383-2901 or
Exam fees are non-refundable for transfers and cancellations requested within 24 hours of your scheduled exam appointment. Exam fees are non-refundable if you do not show for your exam appointment. Call 1-877-383-2901 to change or cancel an exam date.
Items required for entry to the exam (no exceptions are allowed):
The name on both documents must match the registration name. For example, if your ID documents have your legal first name on them but you registered under a nickname or middle name only, your documents will not match and you will be unable to take the exam. The exam fee is not refunded.
A confirmation email will be sent shortly after you register with the testing center. If you do not receive an email confirmation before your exam date call 877-383-2901.The confirmation email contains important information about your scheduled exam session.
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The CI-CPT exam is given in Pearson VUE testing centers.
There are two ways to register:
Contact Pearson VUE at least one business day before your scheduled exam appointment to reschedule or cancel your exam. Call (877) 383-2901 or visit Pearson Vue. Exam fees will not be refunded with less than 24 hours notice or if you do not show for the exam appointment.
NOTE: Register under the name shown on your photo ID and CPR card. These documents must match the registration name or you will not be admitted to the exam. Exam fees are non-refundable 24 hours before the exam time.
The administrator will check your photo ID and CPR certification. Remember the first and last names on your photo ID and CPR certification must match the first and last names of your Pearson VUE registration.
Your digital photo, signature, and palm vein scan will be taken, as required by the testing organization.
You will not be allowed to take any personal items with you into the testing room. This includes all bags, books not authorized by the testing program, notes, cell phones, pagers, watches, and wallets. A locker will be assigned to you.
Be sure to take the virtual tour of the Pearson VUE testing center to help ensure a positive testing experience. Watch the video online.
You are allowed 2 hours.
70 questions correct out of 100 questions (70%)
You will receive a score report and an individualized feedback report at the testing center. Official results are mailed two weeks after the exam date.
The CI-CPT is a 3-year certification. Certifications that are kept in good standing are eligible for certification renewal every three years. Renewal details may be found in the Certification Renewal section online.
Contact the Certification Manager at 1-800-635-7050 for verification of certification status.
Or locate a certified professional with their current credential at www.usreps.org. This national registry identifies individuals who earn and maintain a NCCA-accredited certification, such as the CI-CPT.
You may retake the exam at anytime. Contact the Certification Manager at 800-635-7050 to purchase a discount voucher for $195. Discount vouchers are redeemed with Pearson Vue when scheduling your retest.
The CI-CPT examination identifies individuals who have the factual and applied knowledge of exercise and behavioral sciences to work with healthy and medically cleared populations to:
|Candidates||Pass Rate||Currently Certified|
|As of Dec. 31, 2015||299||48%||1,323|
|As of Dec. 31, 2014||280||52%||1,352|
Because of the varying certification choices and quality assurance options, it is important for you to know what we value as you make your choice of where to obtain certification.
We value each person's educational experience and will provide quality research-based education and educational materials as a pathway to certification.
We support third-party independent accreditation for certification programs that support:
As you may know, certification can refer to two different types of programs:
The main difference is that a credentialing certification program is based upon a job analysis for a job or profession. The purpose of a credentialing certification exam is to measure whether the person taking the exam has the knowledge, skills, and ability to apply the information that is needed to perform a job. A knowledge-based certification is based upon learning objectives. The purpose of a knowledge-based test is to measure how well the educational objectives have been met.
The Cooper Institute Certified Personal Trainer (CI-CPT) is a credentialing certification. It is based upon the job analysis for an entry level Personal Trainer. The certification program (which includes CI-CPT exam development, certification, and certification renewal) is separate from Cooper education courses. This means you have the choice of how to obtain the knowledge, skills, and application abilities that are needed to perform the job of Personal Trainer. The Cooper Institute and other respected sources provide education resources for personal training.
The exam will assess both if you know scientific and factual fitness knowledge and if you are able to apply the knowledge to typical Personal Trainer job situations. After you earn the credential you can use the initials "CI-CPT" after your name.