NCCPT Review 2019 – Is NCCPT legit? Let’s find out!

Before we get started in my full NCCPT review, let’s do some quick pros and cons of this certification.

I hope that before you leave this article, you have a good understanding of what type of trainers should pursue this certification. So, Is NCCPT worth it? Let’s find out!

I also suggest checking out my article on the top five CPT certifications as well as my comparison article NCCPT vs NASM. Let’s get started!

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  • It is very affordable
  • It is NCCA accredited
  • Most study materials are digital


  • It is a very new certification, and some gyms might have never heard of it
  • The test is reported to be “too easy.”

For you individuals who like to digest their material in video format, here is the YouTube video I made on the NCCPT CPT about three years ago. In general, the article is more information in this more up-to-date.

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This personal trainer certification has been growing in popularity lately, so I felt it was finally time to write a review of it. Two of the newer hires at the gym I work at has recently been certified through NCCPT.

I had a chance to sit down with both of them and find out their likes and dislikes about this new certification. I also contacted some commercial gyms in my area such as IN-SHAPE and 24 Hour Fitness, as well as some smaller local gyms.

NCCPT was recognized by the larger commercial gyms, but most of the employers at the smaller gyms had never heard of it. Let’s check out some general information on the NCCPT certification, and then check out what my fellow personal trainers think of it.

If you are just getting started in the personal training industry, let me point you in the right direction by suggesting you read my guide to becoming a personal trainer, information on personal training income and my preferred personal trainer certifications. Let’s get this NCCPT review started!


NCCPT Review: General Information

NCCPT is an acronym for the National Council for Certified Personal Trainers. This certifying agency was started in California in 1995.

The NCCPT website states that the system used by their trainers was created from over 34 personal training certifications and years of experience.

I was confused by the statement; did it mean that the owner had personally obtained 34 personal training certifications or was it merely a reference to the information used when coming up with the NCCPT program?

Like most certifications in the industry, NCCPT references ACSM’s research as well as guidelines in the curriculum. Similar to ACSM and NASM, it looks like NCCPT focuses more on “corrective” movements.

It seems to have a strong emphasis on muscular imbalances, proprioception, and stabilization.

Just like other established certifications, the NCCPT is NCCA accredited. On top of being accredited by the NCCA, it has also been IDEA approved.

Other well-known certifications such as NASM, ISSA, and AFAA have recognized NCCPT as being a valid form of continuing education for their certifications. This is an excellent sign.

As usual, some standard prerequisites need to be met to get certified. You will need a government-issued ID card, and you will need to be CPR certified at the time you take the test. You also need to be at least 18 years old.

NCCPT Study Materials and Test:

The test consists of 140 multiple-choice questions. They have an unusual rating system, and you will need to score 655 points to pass the exam.

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This equates to approximately 73%. Just like NASM, you will be taking this test at a PSI/Lasergrade facility near you. These are located in most large cities in the United States.

These facilities make sure no foul play or cheating is going on while you take the test. The cool thing about PSI/Lasergrade facilities is that you know whether or not you pass the test immediately after you take it.

You receive your certification by mail approximately one month after you pass the test. The certification is valid for two years.

You will need to receive continuing education credits to get recertified, similar to other certifications.

One of the personal trainers that I talked to said he found the NCCPT certification through Groupon. At the time he signed up, there was a great deal available; it only cost him $299 for access to the online textbook and to take the exam.

Three primary packages are offered through NCCPT. The cheapest option is the test and textbook option that I mentioned above.

NCCPT Certification Cost

Their “standard” package costs $399 and includes everything that the cheapest package does, as well as online sample tests, study guide, training manual and an 11-DVD training series.

Their most expensive option cost $675 and includes everything that the standard package does, as well as a live workshop that lasts two days.


Overall rating:

This newer certification seems like a pretty good option for a trainer that is just starting out in the industry. The price on offer through the Groupon deal definitely cannot be beaten by any certification out there.

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NCCPT is also NCCA accredited, which is a great thing. This certifying agency is gaining recognition quickly, especially considering how new of an organization it is.

It has a lot of potential for growth, and I am excited to see where it goes. Remember that it is a new certification, so there still may be plenty of gyms that have never heard of it and do not accept it.

You should always check with your local workout facility to see if they accept NCCPT. As of right now, I would not put them at the same level as NASM or ACE.

I think they need to work on their study materials. My friends told me that the primary textbook was pretty thin in that the test was not very hard to pass in comparison.

Make sure to check out some of the other personal trainer certification reviews on this site such as NETA and the Cooper Institute. You may also like the comparison section of this website.

There, you will find articles like NASM vs ACSM, ISSA vs NASM and NSCA vs NASM. Also, make sure to check out the NCCPT website if you’re interested in more information.

Let me know what you think in the comment section down below!


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