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Personal Training Home Study Course FAQs

Certified Personal Trainer Home Study Option

How does the Home Study Course operate?

Our Home study course has become increasingly popular in both professional as well as university settings. Offering the convenience of self-paced learning, the NCSF Home Study Course covers all the same topics as both the Workshop course option and the Personal Training School course option in an easy to follow home-study course format.


Upon registration for the NCSF Home Study Course, each candidate is sent a course materials package consisting of the Course Textbook, access to the NCSF e-Learning platform and complete instructor support. As the candidate progresses through the lessons they build a knowledge base that is applied during the practice and performance of the outlined training activities.


Upon completion of all the readings and practical activities outlined in the course materials candidates should be well prepared to take the personal training exam.


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What does the Home Study Course materials package consist of?

The course materials package consists of the Course Textbook, access to the NCSF e-Learning platform, one-year professional membership and complete instructor support.


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How long does it take to complete the program?

The Home Study Course is designed as a self-paced program. Although individual completion time will vary, most candidates complete the program within several months.


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Can I participate in a workshop if I initially enrolled as a Home Study candidate?

If at any time during your course you decide you would like to switch programs and enroll into the Workshop Course you may do so. There is a $99.00 fee to enroll into a workshop from the Home Study Course.


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What topics does the Home Study Course cover?

The Home Study course contains 9 units from all areas of health, fitness, and exercise. Students not only read about key exercise concepts but also put them into practice through the performance of practical lab activities. The Course Overview lists all of the specific topics covered by the Home Study Course.


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How does the examination process work?

The Home Study Course is used as an assistive educational tool for candidates looking to earn the NCSF Personal Training Credential. Once a candidate completes the Home Study Course they should be adequately prepared to take and pass the Personal Training Exam.


The examination is administered by appointment at over 400 state-of-the-art Prometric testing center locations throughout the United States and Canada. To take the exam candidates must first register using either the online registration process or by calling 1-800-772-NCSF(6273).


The exam is comprised of 150 questions and students need to earn a passing score to earn the NCSF Certified Personal Trainer credential. For more information visit the Exam Policies and Procedures section of our website.


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What do I receive after I pass the Personal Training exam?

Upon successful completion of the Personal Training Exam you will receive a complete certification package. Included in your package will be a certificate suitable for framing, which indicates that you have met the certification standards set forth by The National Council on Strength and Fitness and have earned the title of NCSF Certified Personal Trainer. You will also receive an accompanying wallet sized professional membership card signifying your certified status and CEU information. This package will be forwarded to you within four weeks of passing the Personal Training Exam.


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How much does the program cost?

The Home Study Course costs $359.00. The course materials package consists of the Course Textbook, access to the NCSF e-Learning platform, one-year professional membership and complete instructor support.


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How do I register?

Once you have decided you would like to participate in the Home Study Course you can simply enroll online using a major credit card or contact the NCSF directly at 800-772-NCSF(6273) and register over the phone.


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