NPTI Review 2019– NPTI Cost vs Value, Is NPTI worth it?

NPTI Review - NPTI Cost vs Value, Is NPTI worth it?

Welcome to my NPTI review every one. I am Coach Tyler and will be elaborating telling you everything you need to about the NPTI programs.

Once you are done reading this review, you will have a clear idea of what type of trainers should go for this diploma.

So, is NPTI legit? Let’s find out.

Let’s get into some quick pros and cons before we start the full review. When you’re finished make sure to check out my super in-depth comparison of the top five training certifications as well as a guide on becoming a trainer from step number one.

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  • Full curriculum similar to a college course (lots of hands-on practice)
  • Good study materials


  • Very expensive
  • It is not seen as more valuable to most employers
  • The diploma program cannot be completed on your own time in the comfort of your home unlike the online CPT program

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

The National Personal Training Institute (NPTI) is very different from most other personal training certifications on the market today.

For one, the NPTI diploma does not offer conventional study materials like flashcards or instructional DVDs. Instead, NPTI provides a full curriculum, similar to a college course.

Secondly, NPTI is not registered with the National Commission for Certifying Agencies (NCCA).

Other NCCA accredited Personal Training Certifications are NASM, ACE and ASCM, to name a few.

People refer to this certification as a school for personal training rather than just a certification. The agency refers to its certification as a diploma of personal training.

If you’re wondering how much money you can make in this industry, check out my article on the amount of money you can earn as a trainer!

Let’s jump right into this NPTI review so that you can see what it is all about.

General Information on the NPTI

General Information on the NPTI

NPTI started in 2000.

The length of the complete course is approximately 500 hours. They offer classes at several accredited personal training schools in about 30 cities in the United States – and recently internationally too.

The number of cities (and countries) is growing steadily. Since they have only been around for 19 years, they do not have the most reliable recognition within the personal training industry.

I do like how innovative they are with their training strategies and how thorough their course is.

Like any other certification, there are prerequisites.

  • You need to be 18 years of age,
  • Have a high school diploma (or the equivalent), and
  • Be a citizen of the United States (for locations in the US).

The diploma that they offer is recognized by the education board.

This diploma is pretty cool because it means that you never have to get recertified.

NPTI Certification Reviews

NPTI Certification Reviews

Personal Trainers are fitness professionals that are on high demand all over the world today.

Certified personal trainers work with diverse groups of people; helping them realize their body goals, health goals and so much more by using scientifically proven methods available in the fitness industry.

In the National Personal Training Institute, they make it a priority that all candidates get a hands-on, real-life gym experience.

It is not just about reading textbooks and other study materials available, they build your confidence and skills.

NPTI is gradually becoming a force to reckon with in the and fitness industry.

NPTI Personal Trainer Certification programs are quite different from all the other health and fitness organization. They offer three Personal Training Certification programs.

  • NationalPTI Master Training Diploma Program
  • NationalPTI Certified Personal Trainer Certification
  • NationalPTI level II Integration (CPT)

The National Personal Training school is the place where you learn everything required to know from bottom-top. The training school starts with the very basics of health and fitness.

You do not need to have CPR and  AED certifications prior to applying. All you need to have is the zeal and the money.

The National Personal Trainer Institute will provide all the certifications and training once you register.

When you complete the program, you now have a;

  • Diploma in Personal Training and,
  • CPR and AED Certifications

The NPTI Personal Training Program entails;

  • You going through 100 hours of Nutrition Education
  • 6 months of one-on-one training with health and fitness experts at the training school
  • More than 50 sessions of virtual experience as a personal trainer
  • Total freedom to use the machines
  • Journal record-keeping for the combination of work out and nutrition, and lastly
  • Job placement assistance

The National Personal Trainer Institute is located in several cities in the United States near you. NPTI Portland and NPTI San Diego are some of the popular locations, among others in the USA.

Also, the NPTI has global facilities/partners in other countries including Ecuador, South Africa, Ireland, and a couple of others.

NPTI cost

Compared to other certifications within the industry, the NationalPTI Master Training Diploma Program is very pricey.

However, the price of this course depends on where you are taking it.

To get a clear idea, let’s take a look at the cost in one of the NPTI locations that is very popular.

The cost of the program at the NPTI Virginia location is $7,950. The cost in this Virginia facility covers:

  • The 600 hours of the Personal Training Program
  • The $75 registration fee
  • The textbooks -$125
  • Your membership -$300
  • The program alone cost $7,450

Additionally, the CPR and AED certification and the CPT Certification will set you back $1000

This will get you your CPR card, study materials, entrance to the exam and a gym membership at your location.

Financial help is available through specific loan programs for up to 60% of the cost of the course. You can then pay off the loan in increments as time goes by.

The process and contents you will get from different locations are virtually the same – although the costs are a bit different.

On the other hand, the other two certifications are straightforward and apply to all centers, thus:

  • NationalPTI Certified Personal Trainer Certification – $995
  • NationalPTI level II Integration (CPT) – $1,918
NationalPTI level II Integration

NPTI Curriculum

The course lasts approximately six months and you need to attend a minimum of 500 hours over the course of time.

Let’s break down the 500 hours to see what you will learn.

Simulated training sessions with fictional clients make up 50 hours.

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Approximately 145 hours are devoted to building progressive exercise routines for clients with different goals and needs.

100 hours is allocated to studying physiology, biomechanics, and anatomy. The last 100 hours of the program are devoted to nutrition.

You get tons of hands-on practical experience by going through this course because this is one of the most important things you need to know before working with your first client one-on-one.

Book learning can only go so far and you need to be able to apply those principles in a real-life situation.

It is no surprise that some people come into the industry with just book learning – and then fail woefully.

Sometimes these individuals realize that the job is not for them because they had never experienced working with a client one-on-one.

There are multiple options to get through the NPTI course. You have to rearrange your schedule to meet your class times just like you are in college.

NPTI Curriculum

There is a six-month option.

This consists of classes from 9 AM to 2:30 PM Monday through Thursday or 5:30 PM to 10:30 PM Monday through Thursday.

They also have options that last one year.

Another option is the three months program held in Houston, Texas.

One of the options is 10 AM to 6 PM every Saturday for a whole year and Sundays, 10 AM- 3 PM. They also have a Mondays and Wednesdays course from 5:30 PM to 10:30 PM for a whole year.

The last option is a condensed course that lasts only four months. They only offer this four-month option in certain cities like New Jersey, Orlando, and Lyndhurst.

These places hold 500 hours of intensive training and classes every day of the week that will equip you for the job of a personal trainer.

You are required to pay $75 for registration.

This is refundable before the classes start. Once it starts, you forfeit your money.

Depending on the state you choose, the price varies.

At NPTI Portland the fee is $25, and at NPTI Florida it is $50.

Access NPTI CPT Education fully online

If you are too far away and cannot access the NPTI Chicago, NPTI Orlando or the NPTI Colorado (and other NPTI locations), not to worry, you can still enjoy the personal trainer education the certifying body offers.

Thanks to the advancement of the internet, the Hands-On Online Certification course is designed for people with a busy life or who may not have access to training facilities, for whatever reasons.

The course is practical, interactive, and can be applied in the real world.

Candidates go through the course at their own pace and can adopt whatever style is suitable. Also, they get regular instructor support and can take the test right in their home or at any internet-connected facility of their choice.

Cheaper data and faster internet speed have changed the game and NPTI is latching on the possibilities to spread their certification to more students who may not have access to brick and mortar facilities.

The best part for me is that you get an instructor standing by as you take the test.

This hands-on CPT program goes for $995.

In effect, you can become a Certified Personal Trainer through this online method, anywhere you may find yourself.

NPTI Certification Exam

The exam is in stages, you start with integrative mid-term tests, final exams, and practical exams.

Exams are conducted in their facilities all across the cities in the United States – and now in other cities around the world.

You will get 150 questions to be answeres in 3hours.

Continuing Education Units

Even though you don’t need to get recertified after acquiring the diploma in Personal Training that you have obtained from NPTI, you still need to continue to study and stay relevant in your field.

As such, NPTI offers online Continuing Education Units (CEUs) interactive courses from which you can earn 1.5 credits.

NPTI offers several online Continuing Education courses, and they all carry different degrees of credits and are as well priced differently.


NPTI transforms Opioid addicts into Certified Personal Trainers

NPTI recognizes the scourge of opioid addiction across American communities and has risen to the challenge by providing scholarships worth $1.5m to people recovering from the addiction and willing to become Personal Trainers.

The organization affirms that a career in personal training has proven to be helpful because it sets the minds of the recovers on a higher task and helps them focus on achieving something great, keeping them away from the social menace at the same time.

If you are interested or know someone who should benefit from this initiative, all that’s required is listed below:

  • You submit your completed application with a counselor reference that will recommend your participation.
  • Show proof that you are at least 90 days sober
  • You must have an interest in the health and fitness profession
  • Lastly, you will write an essay of 500 words describing who you are and why you should be considered for this scholarship.

If you ask me, I will quickly tell you that this is one of the most admirable things I have witnessed in the PT industry.

This corporate social responsibility move is commendable and I fully endorse it too.

NPTI Review Conclusion

My overall rating:

If you’re still having a tough time picking the right training certification, take the quiz to guide you in the right direction.

This certification (or “diploma”) goes much more in-depth than most other certifications on the market. This is especially true when it comes to the hands-on aspect of working with clients.

It is in between a general CPT certification and a four-year college degree in kinesiology (exercise science).

The only problem with this “diploma” is that employers don’t necessarily see it as more valuable than a standard certification from an organization like ACE, NASM or NSCA.

Regarding getting a job in making a living as a personal trainer, you will do just as well with either one of those cheaper certifications.

The fee is on the high side, and I can’t recommend it over some of the other options.

Check out their website for more information on the certification.

Also, check out my versus category to see certifications go head-to-head. Some comparison articles include NASM versus ACE, NASM vs ACSM and ISSA vs NASM.

Honestly, I would like to hear people’s opinions on their experience with NPTI. Leave me a comment down below so we can start up a conversation!

7 thoughts on “NPTI Review 2019– NPTI Cost vs Value, Is NPTI worth it?”

  1. I did not have a very good experience with NPTI (Portland). The hands-on portion was not very hands on. It consisted of 6 training sessions during the first half and another 7 training sessions during the second half, and one group training session. So you could put an exercise session together, but not really progress anybody or have any qualitative evidence that you could help someone lose weight, gain muscle, etc.

  2. Went with my son yesterday to NTPI in Philadelphia.The price is $6599.Try to figure out if it’s worth it. Yes you get 500 hours.Saw another course at University of Dr for $1800 for 120 hrs.I also a few that have all online courses. I feel it’s a better training if you do work hands on as opposed to strickley online. Any opinions?

    1. Hey Tony,
      Hands-on experience is definitely an important part of being a personal trainer. In terms of the overall material that you will learn, a lot of them are very similar. There are a lot of freeways to get hands-on training for example working with friends and family while practicing the book knowledge that you have learned is a great way to do this. I know that iit is a fantastic program but the price point is incredibly steep in my opinion.

  3. Reginald Best

    I have been into fitness since I was in little league, however, I got serious about all aspects of health and fitness after power lifting and leading up to my first natural bodybuilding competition. I am no stranger to the gym and NPTI has already given me more knowledge than anything I have ever done. This school is the real deal and it has only been two weeks. NPTI gives you what you need to succeed, but it’s up to the person to succeed like everything else in life.

  4. My name is D.Jack an my time at NPTI was worth it, at the time I had just buried my grandfather the very next week I was attending NPTI, now I’m a graduate, and currently preparing for training camp overseas playing basketball. MR. Dave and Ms. Jocelyn alongside other colleagues are the best staff ever, their knowledge and experience gave me the initiative to finish school. They’re the best trainers/professors I’ve had, very courageous and motivating.

    1. Hey Donovan,
      I’m glad to hear that you had such a positive experience with NPTI. They have great curriculum and are very hands-on overall which I love. I’m glad to hear that you are now a graduate and that super cool that you are playing basketball overseas. I’m sure that you will become a very competent and successful personal trainer Good luck and best wishes!

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