Current members login to Members Portal for member rates. All non-approved CEC courses require Petitioned approval before Renewal.

Frequently Asked Questions And Answers

What is the difference between CPTN and other organizations?

The CPTN is a member driven organization. Our main focus is to service our members. We strive to provide the best certifications, conferences, workshops, examinations and resources to train members to be successful.

Our Personal Trainer Certification is considered one of the best in Canada due to our high standards. We require that CPTN Certified Personal Trainers (CPTN-CPT) achieve a high passing grade in various disciplines to move from being an enthusiast to career professional.

Trainers are encouraged to maintain their certification status through continuing education courses (e.g. Conferences, Workshops and Online Courses) to keep ahead in their field. To remain listed on our Find A Trainer page, trainers must maintain their certification status. All trainers are verified through submitted proof of completion certificates.

Do I have to be a CPTN Certified Personal Trainer to be a CPTN Member?

No. The CPTN welcomes members from other agencies as well as non-certified individuals and organizations to join its Membership base. You are required to be a CPTN-CPT to be listed on our Find A Trainer page. Please read the Membership Benefits page to learn more about the benefits of becoming a Certified Personal Trainer.

Can I transfer certification status from another organization to become a CPTN-CPT?

CPTN Certified Personal Trainers complete a rigorous set of requirements to earn their distinction. As such, individuals seeking to transfer their existing certification to CPTN are assessed on a case by case basis. To begin the process please provide a completed copy of the attached CPTN-CPT Transfer Application Form (PDF, 90KB).

Note: You will be contacted for the next steps in the application process. Please have updated required documents in scanned digital form to submit as proof of completion.

What is a continuing education credit course?

Continuing education courses, online courses, live courses, institutional programs or organized learning experiences are taken after a degree or diploma is obtained to enhance personal or professional goals. Candidates who enrol in our programs earn 1 Continuing Education Credit (CEC) per contact hour excluding lunch breaks.

A certificate of attendance/completion must be issued/collected for such courses as proof of completion.

Note: Other organizations offer Continuing Education Units (CEUs) which is a value from 0 to 1. CPTN requires the number of hours and proof of completion to waive CPTN CECs through Petitions prior to Certification Renewal.

Can I transfer CECs from related courses I completed at Other Organizations?

Yes. You can petition the course for CPTN CECs using the CEC Petitions Online Form. We recommend reviewing the Petition Form prior to taking a course so that the required information can be obtained to submit a proper petition.

We require proof of completion to be submitted using our Document Upload page or e-mail to

Note: You should be able to obtain information from course outlines, website and paper copies for scanning.

If I have multiple CPTN certifications do I need to earn CECs for each certification?

No. Trainers having multiple CPTN certifications are eligible to renew all certifications at the same time. Your CECs will be applied to each CPTN certification completed. Your renewal date for each CPTN certification will be set to the same expiration date as the CPTN-CPT or the most recent CPTN certification to allow for a simplified renewal process.

What is the Member and Non-Member cost breakdown of CPTN-CPT certification process?

The cost for becoming a CPTN-CPT varies depending on path taken, education, requirements and membership status.

Paths to becoming A CPTN-CPT Including the Cost for Members / Non-members


New to personal training and have no education in the field

New to personal training but have a related Degree/Diploma

Veteran fitness professionals or students in the field

Step 1: Getting started.

Register for The Art and Science of Personal Training workshop: $499 CAD / $559 CAD. Manual is included.


Order the The Art & Science of Personal Training: The Essentials (4th Edition) Manual: $70 CAD / $84.07 CAD.

Order the The Art & Science of Personal Training: The Essentials (4th Edition) Manual: $70 CAD / $84.07 CAD.


Register for the The Art and Science of Personal Training workshop: $499 CAD / $559 CAD.

Order the The Art & Science of Personal Training: The Essentials (4th Edition) Manual: $70 CAD / $84.07 CAD.


Register for the The Art and Science of Personal Training workshop: $499 CAD / $559 CAD. Manual is included.

Step 2: Prepare for and write the CPTN-CPT Theory Exam

Visit the Examinations page and write the exam: $181.20 CAD / $232.30 CAD.

Note: Practice Examinations are recommended before challenging the exam. Rewrite fee $89.25 CAD.

Visit the Examinations page and write the exam: $181.20 CAD / $232.30 CAD.

Note: Practice Examinations are available. Candidates can challenge the exam. Rewrite fee $89.25 CAD.

Visit the Examinations page and write the exam: $181.20 CAD / $232.30 CAD.

Note: Professionals in the field and graduate students can just challenge the exam. Rewrite fee $89.25 CAD.

Step 3: Complete the CPT Practical Assessment

Cost of practical is included for first attempt with theory exam.

Note: Retake fee $125 CAD.

Cost of practical is included for first attempt with theory exam.

Note: Retake fee $125 CAD.

Cost of practical is included for first attempt with theory exam.

Note: Retake fee $125 CAD.

Step 4: Submit requirements using our Document Upload page

Note: Prices exclude the cost of First Aid, CPR, practice examinations, rewrites, shipping and a 13% sales tax.

What should I do if I am unable to complete the online registration process?

There are lots of possibilities that would cause an online transaction to fail. Merchants are not provided with exact details of a transaction failure, instead a generic error code is returned. Possibilities for transaction failure can include:

Failures due to credit card errors:

  • Your card has expired.
    • A new card might be mailed out while the old card is restricted from certain purchases.
  • Your new card is not activated.
    • New credit cards require activation before first-time use.
    • New prepaid credit cards require activation before first-time use.
    • Your credit card might not be supported with our e-commerce provider.
  • Your card has reached its 24 hour limit.
    • You might have maxed out the 24 hour withdraw limit on the card most often set to $500 or $1000.
  • You have previous outstanding charges or several pending charges to be paid.
    • Credit card companies might prevent further purchases due to unpaid credit.

Failures due to personal user errors:

  • You have skipped the SecureCode or VBV process.
    • You are required to authenticate to prevent fraud or theft of credit cards. This is not the same information that is used at a retail terminal. However, it could be set to be the same information but we advise against that practice.
  • You have entered an invalid VBV or SecureCode password.
    • Your password should not be the same PIN number used at a bank terminal.
  • You have submitted incorrect information.
    • You might need to authenticate with the same details on file with the bank for confirmation.
      • Your card holder name must match the name printed on the card not spelled out in full.
    • You might have provided an incorrect CVD (3-4 digit number) located on the back of the card.
    • You might need to ensure updated address is provided to the bank e.g. Proof using electric or phone bill.
      • You have moved and have not updated the bank with the new address information.
  • You have tried to order the same item with the same price more than once within an hour.
    • This is considered double billing, and the later orders are rejected. Please wait 1 hour before ordering again.

Note: You are not billed if a transaction declined notification occurs. This means no transaction has occurred.

Failures due to user software errors:

  • Your web browser cache requires purging to ensure the most current page is viewed.
    • To resolve this, please navigate to Settings menu and locate the Clear Data option.
  • Your web browser requires updating to support updated digital certificates for secure transactions.
  • Your web browser has JavaScript blocked through anti-virus, firewall, ad-blocking applications or extensions.
    • To resolve this, please unblock our website or disable such applications or extensions for this process.

Failures due to web services errors:

  • Our hosting providers are performing routine maintenance from 12:00 AM to 6:00 AM EST.
    • We apologize for this inconvenience. In the event of a completed transaction without being redirected to the appropriate page, please contact Education Services and we’ll be able to handle this procedure over the phone.
  • Our web server fails to load a specific page or is returning scripting error codes.
    • If the issue has not resolved itself within 10 minutes, please contact Technical Support to get the issue resolved faster. Our developer will be looking into the issue as quick as possible to ensure services return.

Note: If the above suggestions fail to resolve the issue, please contact Education Services to attempt to process the order over the phone. This process is considered a card-in-hand transaction and requirements are reduced.

What are our policies regarding the use of small screen devices for examinations?

We do not permit the use of small screen cellular or mobile devices for our testing process due to several limitations of such devices. Our examination registration page will not permit small screen iPhone/Android mobile phones or tablets a preventative measure. You will be proceeding at own risk to personal investment.

Screen Size:

  • Our tests feature questions and answers which spans multiple lines and can be overwhelming on small screens.
  • High resolution small screen devices can trick our detection into thinking it is a large screen when in fact it is not.

Web Browser:

  • Our tests require a W3C HTML5 standard compliant browser which has better support for the web.
  • Our tests require a ECMA Script standard compliant browser which has better support for the web.

Note: Referencing during testing with lots of applications running in the background or tab switching cause crashes.

Device Uptime:

  • Our tests require devices with continuous power for long testing durations to avoid issues with multiple rewrites.

Network Uptime:

  • Our tests require a sustained Internet connection to maintain an authenticated session with our testing provider.
  • Please avoid connecting to shared wireless hotspots where the source of the connection will be in motion.

Note: Please do not attempt to circumvent these requirements. You will risk forfeiting claims for the issues indicated.

Do I need to renew my Membership status?

Yes. Membership Renewal is required for members whom have expired. You can renew Membership online using the Membership Renewal Form or e-mail the renewal forms on the Membership page.

For CPTN Certified Trainers renewing their certification status, the membership renewal fee is waived, as such there is no need to renew membership prior to Certification Renewal.

Where can I find the membership expiration and certification renewal date?

Your membership expiration and certification renewal date is located on the Member Account information page. Certified members have the same, membership and certification renewal dates.

Note: This information is also provided on the Member Account information page from the Members Portal.

What is the purpose of the CPTN Member ID?

Your CPTN Member ID serves as a form of identification on our website. It is used for authentication to the Members Portal and for verification to obtain member rates during registrations or renewal.

Note: There is a misconception that the CPTN Member ID is a Personal Trainer License Number. It is not a license number as seen listed on various LinkedIn profiles and should be removed. Treat this ID as a bank account number.

What is the difference between Member and Trainer status?

Membership status allows access to our offerings at member rates. Trainer status applies once CPTN certified.

Note: You do not have to be a Certified Personal Trainer to become a member or even maintain certification to remain a member. To maintain Membership status, please use the Membership Renewal Online Form.

You are considered a certified trainer after completing a CPTN certification. Trainer status includes all membership benefits with the addition of being able to start on Personal Training business and obtain insurance from a provider.

Note: To maintain trainer status, please use the Certification Renewal. You will require a total of 7 CECs for 1-Year or 14 CECs for 2-Years with updated First Aid and CPR. Membership is waived for current certified trainers.

Do I have to take the Art & Science of Personal Training Workshop?

The Art and Science of Personal Training workshop is recommended for individuals new to Personal Training, transitioning from a non-fitness field, or those who do not have an educational background in fitness or health sciences. The workshops are scheduled based on geographical demand.

Note: For candidates with partial or existing background in fitness we recommend ordering The Art & Science of Personal Training: The Essentials (4th Edition) Manual and consider taking the CPTN-CPT Program Design Tutorial.

Do I need First Aid and CPR certification prior to participating in a CPTN workshop?

No. First Aid and CPR certifications are not required to participate in a workshop. You are also not required to be certified to attend a workshop. You will receive a certificate of completion for workshops for complete attendance.

Note: For obtaining certifications or renewal, we will require proof of First Aid and CPR C/AED completion prior to the practical assessment phase of our certification process. Your certification will not be issued without it.

What happens if I fail the CPTN-CPT Theory Exam?

If you fail the CPTN-CPT Theory Exam, we invite you to take the CPTN-CPT Theory Exam Rewrite in a minimum of 24 hours after your previous attempt or at a later date. Although we admire your determination to progress, we highly recommend that you do not attempt to rewrite the examination immediately after an unsuccessful attempt.

We recommend you review the areas that you scored less than 80% in reread those chapters in the The Art & Science of Personal Training: The Essentials (4th Edition) Manual. We recommend referencing the guidelines while reading the manual to focus on the areas being tested or complete.

When you are confident in your revision, begin the CPTN-CPT Theory Exam Rewrite on the Examinations page.

Note: The theory exam questions are selected at random from each category being tested for each testing attempt.

What happens if I fail the CPTN-CPT Practical Exam?

To complete the CPTN-CPT Practical Assessment you are required to achieve a passing grade of 75% in each of the assessment components. Depending on the area(s) in which you scored poorly, CPTN will determine the best course of action required for continuing the pursuit of the CPT distinction.

How do I obtain status to be a CPTN CEC provider for a course I offer?

To gain CPTN CEC Provider status for a course, the course provider or instructor must complete a CEC provider form to determine if the course is eligible. Please contact Education Services to request the CEC Provider Application form.

Can I work in other provinces with my CPTN-CPT certification?

Yes. CPTN certifications are recognized nationwide and abroad at various clubs. Clubs which offer their own Personal Trainer certification programs might require that applicants also acquire the clubs’ certification within an allotted time.

Does the CPTN offer career opportunities for its Trainers?

Yes. The CPTN offers several career opportunities for our Trainers on the Members Portal page. Trainers can become Practical Assessors, Course Conductors, or Conference Presenters.

What do I need in order to present at a CPTN Conference?

You need to complete the Conference Presenter Application form and mail-in with all the required documents and items to the CPTN mailing address found on the Contacts page.

Does CPTN Certification include liability insurance coverage?

Due to the varied nature of the positions and skill sets of our certified trainers, Liability Insurance is not included with CPTN certifications. However, all CPTN certifications have been preapproved through our vetted Insurance Providers.

Does CPTN provide me with help in finding fitness clients?

CPTN invites its certified trainers to submit their profiles to be listed on the Find A Trainer search page. We will also e-mail Personal Trainer Requests received from potential clients who fail to find a trainer matching their requirements.

Word of mouth is still the best method for trainers obtain new clients. We encourage new trainers to network with existing trainers and health professionals to develop a referral base that benefits all involved.