The Cooper Institute

Founded in 1970 by the "Father of Aerobics"
Kenneth H. Cooper MD, MPH

The Cooper Institute

Course Preparation


Getting Started

Congratulations on deciding to learn more about personal fitness and how to help others increase fitness. As you prepare for your first day of class, we encourage you to review the following information. If you are taking our Cooper Institute Certified Personal Trainer Examination, please read our Candidate Handbook, which contains important information.


Confirm Your Registration

Confirmation Letter

Registrants via our website should receive a confirmation letter by e-mail shortly after completing the online registration process. When registering by mail or telephone, please provide an e-mail address to receive confirmation information.

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Obtaining Manuals Early

We provide several ways in which to obtain your manuals early so that you may start reviewing the material.

  • For Personal Training Education, your course materials will be automatically shipped to you when you complete registration.
  • For all other courses, when paying in full during registration, add $10 to your tuition payment and request to receive your manual early.
  • Purchase the manuals from our online store or by calling 800-635-7050.

If you choose the last option, on the first day of your course, let a coordinator know that you have your manual and we will deduct the cost of the manual (less tax and shipping) from your course fee. Maximum book credit for Resistance Training Instruction is $20.

Enjoy Your First Day

Classroom Environment

The first day of your class will begin with on-site check-in. Here are a few other things you need to know.

  • Bring a sweater or jacket to ensure comfort.
  • Smoking is prohibited within and around all buildings on the Cooper campus.
  • Filtered water and coffee are provided during the course.
  • A refrigerator and microwave are available for your use.
  • A light snack is usually provided.


Workshop Needs

Casual clothes, exercise clothes, swimsuit, shoes, calculator, pencil, and current CPR required for most curriculum-based certificate programs. Please check your course confirmation letter for information specific to your class.


CPR Requirements

Courses that include physical activity and an end of course test will require CPR for the successful completion of the course.

Personal Training Education

CPR certification is not required prior to attending a Personal Training Education course. However, if you are taking the CI-CPT Certification Examination, you must have CPR proof at exam check-in. For more information on CI-CPT eligibility requirements, please review the CI-CPT Candidate Guide.

Accepted Forms of Adult CPR

Accepted forms of adult CPR must include a hands-on training component such as American Heart Association or Red Cross. Online, correspondence, or abbreviated certification courses which do not have a hands-on component are not accepted. The Cooper Institute does not recognize CPR certifications from other countries outside of the United States.

It is not required that you obtain your CPR certification at The Cooper Institute. You may contact your local American Heart Association, Red Cross, hospital, or fire department and attend a course prior to or after you complete a Cooper Institute education course. However, if you wish to sit for the CI-CPT Certification Examination, you must have CPR proof at exam check in.

Register for a CPR Course

Learn more about attending our CPR Heartsaver AED certification training course.

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