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

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.

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 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
  • Cannot be completed on your own time in the comfort of your home

For you 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.

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.

NPTI Review

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.

NPTI cost

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.

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NPTI curriculum

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

My overall rating:

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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).

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.

$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.

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.

Leave me a comment down below so we can start up a conversation!

  • Kay says:

    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.

  • Tony says:

    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?

    • Tyler Read says:

      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.

  • Reginald Best says:

    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.

  • Donavon Jack says:

    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.

    • Tyler Read says:

      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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