Cooper Institute Certified Personal Trainer (CI-CPT)

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For fitness professionals who want to enhance the lives of healthy and medically-cleared persons by:

  • Conducting basic fitness assessments
  • Creating and leading effective exercise programs with the goal of improving and maintaining the health-related benefits of physical activity
  • Supporting and motivating clients to begin and to continue with healthy physical activity behaviors

Quick Facts:

For complete information be sure to read the CI-CPT Candidate Guide

Eligibility: 18 years of age
Current adult CPR certification with hands-on training (online CPR not accepted)
*International CPR is accepted from a recommended CPR provider in the country your exam is administered. See the CI-CPT Candidate Guide (956 KB pdf) for more details.
Exam Information:

Questions cover four content areas from a national Personal Trainer job analysis:

  • Core Knowledge (30%)
  • Health and Medical Review and Fitness Assessment (20%)
  • Fitness Training: Design, Implementation, and Evaluation (40%)
  • Professional Responsibilities (10%)
Computer-based testing: 100 scored four-option multiple choice questions
Passing score is 70/100 (70%) correct questions
2 hour exam session
Nationally accredited
Cost: $289
$195 retest
(Contact CI certification department at 1-800-635-7050 for a discount voucher before scheduling a retest with Pearson VUE.)
Suggested Resources: 4.5 day live instruction
CI-CPT Practice Test

Frequently Asked Questions

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Can I walk up to a Pearson VUE test center on an exam day to register?

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Which CPR certifications are acceptable?

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Last updated 2016-06-08