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Personal Trainer Certification Exam Registration


Once a candidate has identified their local testing center, the first step in the exam process is registering for the Certification Exam. Candidates can register at anytime with the NCSF, the Certification Exam registration fee is just $299.00. The National Council on Strength and Fitness offers exam candidates three convenient ways to register.

Register Online

Register Online:


For your convenience exam registration can be made using our online exam registration service. Simply fill out the online registration form and the NCSF will send you your confirmation.

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Register by Phone

Register By Phone:


Examination registration can be made over the telephone. Contact the NCSF toll free at 800-772-NCSF(6273) to speak with an enrollment representative.


After you register for your Personal Trainer Certification Examination with the NCSF you will be sent an exam confirmation notice containing your eligibility number and all related documentation required for you to sit for the Certification Exam.

(Please review the NCSF Exam Policies and Procedures prior to registering for your examination)
How the Personal Trainer Certification Exam works…quick facts

The NCSF ensures each candidate has all the necessary information required to register, schedule, and sit for their Certification Examination. Once the candidate has scheduled their exam with Prometric they simply attend their confirmed appointment.

The Certification Exam is a 150 question multiple choice formatted examination. Each candidate will have three hours to complete the exam. The NCSF examination is computer based and each candidate will receive a full tutorial regarding usage of the exam equipment prior to the start. Technical assistance will also be provided during the examination itself if any problems should arise.

Candidates will receive sectional analysis as well as overall exam scoring upon completion of the Certification Exam.

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