This certification has been coming up a lot lately and I have been asked a couple times here on BPTC what I think about it. The most recent trainer at my gym just got hired and he holds the NCCPT certification. So I decided to dig in and do some research on it and let everyone know what I have discovered. I decided to call around to some local gyms as well as larger chain gyms such as 24 hour, IN-SHAPE and Bally’s total fitness. All of the larger corporate gyms stated that they accepted NCCPT but some of the smaller gyms sounded confused like they had never even heard of the certification. I decided to look around online to see what people were saying as well as check out the website. Let’s take a look at what I discovered.
NCCPT personal trainer certification general information:
NCCPT stands for the national Council for certified personal trainers. The agency was established in 1995 in Southern California. The website says that this personal training system was developed from “years of training experience and over 34 personal training certifications”. I don’t know if this means that the owner obtained 34 certifications or is just referencing them. The curriculum provided in the NCCPT study package follows ACSM’s guidelines. It seems that the general focus of this certification is more on the corrective side similar to NASM and ACSM. They seem to have a strong focus on stabilization and proprioception.
This seems like a decent certification in my eyes because it is accredited by the NCCA. For another point that makes this certification the jet is that it has been approved by IDEA recognition system. It has also received notice from larger certifying agencies such as ISSA, AFAA and NASM. These three certifying agencies recognize NCCPT’s programs and curriculum as acceptable continuing education credit for their certifications.
Just like any other legitimate certification there are some prerequisites to be able to take the test and get certified. You must be at least 18 years of age and have a valid government issued photo identification. You must also currently be CPR certified at the time of enrollment in NCCPT. All you need to do to become certified is pass their 140 question exam. The test is closed book and you will need to score a 655(right around 73%) to pass the test. Immediately following the test you will know if you pass it or not. This certification will be sent to you through USPS mail within the next 30 days. Just like most certifications, you will be certified for 2 years. After that you will need to obtain continuing education credits to recertify.
This certifying agency is gaining a lot of popularity because of how cheap they are offering the certification. The guy that just got hired on my gym even mentioned a group on deal he got for NCCPT. There are 3 general packages. The first one contains only the exam and access to the personal trainer manual and videos online. It is only $299 which is by far the cheapest way to get certified. Option is called their “standard” option and costs $399. It holds everything that the 1st option did plus a hard copy of the personal training manual, access to an online sample test, access to an online study guide and a DVD box set that contains 11 DVDs. The “premium” option contains everything that the standard option does plus a 2 day live workshop. The premium package costs $675.
NCCPT Review Conclusion:
This seems like a legitimate certification especially for someone that is just starting out in the personal training industry. Their prices cannot be beat and they are NCCA accredited. It seems like they are making a name for themselves quite fast because I keep on hearing them pop up in conversation over last few months. We’ll see how things pan out for this company and the next few years. But for right now the gold standard in certification is still NASM. And right behind them I would put the ACE certification. Both of these agencies offer multiple specialization certifications such as NASM’s CES and ACE’s health coach certification. So they offer great option for continuing education as well as great specialization training. These certifications might be slightly more expensive(NASM prices, ACE prices) but they are hands-down recognized as the leaders in the health field in terms of innovation and exercise routine prescription. I look forward to seeing what NCCPT makes of itself and the coming years. I hope you enjoyed my NCCPT review! Shoot me a message down below if you have any questions or experience with this certification!