Welcome to my NPTI review everyone.
Once you are done reading this review, you will have a clear idea of what type of trainers should go for this diploma.
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 guide on becoming a trainer from step number one.
Picking a PT certification can be difficult. Take the quiz here in order to help inform your decision on which one to choose.
- 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
- Cannot be completed on your own time in the comfort of your home
The National Personal Training Institute (NPTI) is very different from most other personal training certifications on the market today.
This is because it does not offer conventional study materials like live workshops, flashcards or instructional DVDs. Instead, NPTI provides a full curriculum, similar to a college course.
People refer to this certification as a school for personal training rather than just a certification. The agency refers to their 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
NPTI started in 2000. The length of the complete course is approximately 500 hours. They offer classes in about 30 cities in the United States.
The number of cities is growing steadily. Since they have only been around for 15 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.
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.
Compared to other certifications within the industry, the NPTI diploma is very pricey. The price of this course depends on where you are taking it. It is typically in the range of $6000.
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 course lasts approximately six months. 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. Approximately 145 hours are devoted to building progressive exercise routines for clients with different goals and needs.
100 hours are for studying physiology, biomechanics, and anatomy. The last 100 hours of the program is devoted to nutrition.
You get tons of hands-on practical experience by going through this course. This is one of the most important things you need to know of before working with your first client one-on-one.
Book learning can only go so far. You need to be able to apply those principles in a real-life situation. Some people come into the industry with the just book learning.
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 different options to get through the NPTI course. You have to rearrange your schedule to meet your class times just like you are in college.
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.
One of the options is 10 AM to 6 PM every Saturday for a whole year. 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 for month option in certain cities like New Jersey, Orlando, and Lyndhurst.
NPTI Review Conclusion
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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).
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.
$6000 is a lot of money to spend, and I can’t recommend it over some of the other options. I would like to hear people’s opinions on their experience with NPTI. Check out their website for more information on the certification.
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Tyler Read has a Bachelor of Science in Kinesiology. Tyler is also a certified personal trainer with NASM, ACE and CSCS. Tyler’s main goal is to help people get started in the personal training industry and to become successful personal trainers. Tyler is the owner of Personal Training Pioneer which helps people get started in the personal training industry and become successful.