Strengthen Your Knowledge, Attain Your Goals.
Strengthen Your Knowledge, Attain Your Goals


Our CPT course is a hands-on, entry-level course; geared toward developing a solid foundation for a health and fitness career as a fitness instructor. The course prepares students for the Certified Personal Trainer (CPT) exam. Students who take this exam also qualify to take the accredited NCCPT examat a discounted price. For over 25 years, NSPA has been dedicated to teaching a high quality, hands-on personal trainer certification. Come take our course and know you got the training you need to get a job and to be ready to work with clients. Sign-up today!

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TWO DAY WORKSHOPS-(includes electronic manual and study guide, exam fee $50- taken on a different date) 

2015 CPT Course Line-up - Sport and Health Club locations and Dates – course run from 8am-6pm Sat/Sun unless otherwise noted-

Olympus Gym- TBD

Merritt Athletic Club- Locations and Dates: TBD


Try another learning experience – Six Week Workshop – Merritt PT Academy – 6 week – Oct. 15. -  Click Here for info (Manual and Study Guide provided electronically/exam included in this 6 week course)


  • Present and aspiring Personal Trainers
  • Those interested in a possible career change to the health/fitness industry
  • Recreational athletes
  • Coaches
  • General fitness enthusiasts


  • Must be 18 years of age.
  • A valid CPR certification is required in order for any NSPA certification to be valid. We are no longer requiring proof of current CPR status, but, at any time, during your certification period with NSPA, you must have a valid CPR certification in order for your NSPA certification to be valid.


  • Muscle Function and Awareness/Basic Physiology
  • Reaching Your Potential as an Instructor
  • Physical Assessments – Lecture and Application
  • Principles of Training
  • Developing a Fitness Program
  • Aerobic Exercise Prescription
  • Strength Training/Proper Technique and Spotting
  • Flexibility Techniques
  • Nutritional Guidelines


This course consists of two, nine-hour days of lecture, hands-on instruction, and demonstration. Lectures are supported with practical application, emphasizing small group interaction and personal instruction conducted by NSPA Conditioning Specialist teaching staff.

TESTING – does not apply to Merritt U

The student does not test during the 2 day workshop. They take the materials home and study. When they are ready NSPA Offers testing every 4th Saturday of the month. The exam fee is $50. The student can sign up for the exam online. The registration opens in the beginning of the month for the exam that is being held that month. See the testing schedule. Click Here for more Information on Testing.


Cancellation Fee:

Cancellation of a Certification Course MUST BE IN WRITING(we will accept email) and postmarked 14 days prior to the scheduled course date. Or call 800-494-6772. There is a cancellation fee equal to 20% of the course fee. Less than 14 days cancellation notice is subject to a 30% cancellation fee, or the total course fee may be applied toward the next scheduled Certification Course. NSPA reserves the right to cancel/postpone courses at our own discretion.

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