NPTI is vey different than the other certifications programs. They do not offer a weekend workshop or a study guide. The NPTI Personal Trainer Certification offers an in-depth curriculum that fully prepares you for your career in personal training! They are more similar to a personal training school than a certifying agency. They offer what is called a personal training diploma upon completion of their course. This diploma is state approved.
NPTI Personal Trainer Certification: general information:
NPTI was established in 2000. Their workshop length is 500 hours long. They are located in 30 US cities. Since they are relatively new, they have a rather low level of recognition in the industry. They are not NCCA accredited. However, because they offer a diploma program, they are approved by the state. The only prerequisites are that you are 18 years old, are a US citizen and have a high school diploma or the equivalent. The good thing about this diploma/certification is that you are never required to recertify.
Tuition for the program is by location. The cost is generally between $5900 and $6300. This cost includes your study materials, exam cost, gym membership and your CPR/AED certification. They offer financial help through loan programs. These programs let you borrow up to 60% of tuition and living expenses during the time you are taking the program.
Going through the NPTI program requires you to train for 500 hours over the course of six months. Of these 500 hours, there are 50 hours of simulated training sessions with practice clients. 145 hours are dedicated to developing organized and progressive programs for clients with different needs. 100 hours are dedicated to the study of anatomy and physiology. And the last 100 hours are about proper nutrition.
I really like how NPTI puts people in real life situations to get hands-on experience. There is nothing more important. I know plenty of people who have gone through the certification process, gotten a job as a trainer, and finally realized that personal training was not for them. Most who come to this realization see that it requires a certain personality type to work one-on-one with an individual. This is a physical profession! There is a lot of touching involved when showing proper form. Some people are not comfortable with this. It is important to realize this about yourself early in the process.
NPTI offers many options for going through their course. Because so many hours are involved you will have to arrange your schedule, just like you are going to school. They offer six-month options. The first is Monday through Thursday 9 AM to 2:30 PM or 5:30 PM to 10:30 PM. The second is Monday and Wednesday from 5:30 PM to 10:30 PM and Saturday classes from 10 AM to 6 PM. There are also two one-year options. The first option is Saturday is from 10 AM to 6 PM for a year. The second option is Monday and Wednesdays from 5:30 PM to 10:30 PM for a year. There is also a full-time, four-month option. That option is only offered in Orlando, Florida and Lyndhurst, New Jersey.
This certification is much more in-depth than all of the others. For that reason I think it should be put in a separate category all on its own. I still think a four-year degree in Kinesiology from a university is more credible than this diploma. It falls somewhere between a certification and a four-year degree. Employers don’t really see it as more valuable than the other certifying agencies. But they do see it as much less valuable than a four-year degree. For the sake of Getting employed, I would go with a regular certification that is well-known such as NASM or ACE. You will make just as much money as a trainer with these great certs!
Let me know what you think by leaving a comment about any of this…whatever you think! I would love to hear from somebody who has the NPTI diploma, and how you feel it has served you. If you’d like to read more about the wide variety of certifications check out my article that talks about the ten best personal trainer certifications! Also make sure to check out my ultimate guide on starting a career as a personal trainer!