NATIONAL PERSONAL TRAINING INSTITUTE VS. OTHER PERSONAL TRAINER CERTIFICATIONS

NATIONAL PERSONAL TRAINING INSTITUTE VS. OTHER PERSONAL TRAINER CERTIFICATIONS

Wondering whether a personal training diploma from the National Personal Training Institute vs. a personal trainer certification from another organization is right for you? The process of earning your credentials can be complicated, especially when there are so many options to choose from. The personal training comparison chart below lays out everything you need to know in regards to the differences between our diploma and other personal trainer certifications. You can also feel free to contact us with any questions!

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Type of Credential
Diploma
Certification
Certification
Certification
Certification
Certification
Certification
Certification
Certification
Certification
Regulated teaching institution?
Yes
No
No
No
No
No
No
No
No
No
HS Diploma or GED Required?
No
Yes
No
No
No
No
No
No
Yes
Yes
CPR/AED Requirement?
Included in program
Yes
Yes
Yes
Yes
Yes
Yes
Yes
No
Yes
Cost of Education?
Varies. Please Inquire
$599–$899
$219–$279
$395–$425
$499–$568
$599
$349
$599
$249
$235–$420
Exam Format?
Instructor proctored
3rd Party Proctored
3rd Party Proctored
Not Proctored
Not Proctored
Not Proctored
3rd Party Proctored
3rd Party Proctored
3rd Party Proctored
3rd Party Proctored
Exam Questions?
Integrative testing throughout: midterm, final & practical exams
150
150
Unknown
Unknown
Unknown
200
120
125
150
Time Allowed?
N/A
3 hours
2.5 hours
Unknown
Unknown
Unknown
1.75 hours
2 hours
2 hours
3 hours
Self Study?
No
Yes
Yes
Yes
Yes
Yes
Yes
Yes
Yes
Yes
Online Content?
Yes – Study materials
Yes
Yes
Yes
Yes
No
No
Yes
Yes
Yes
Re-certification Fee?
$0 Diploma never expires
$49–$139
$30
Unknown
$75
$75
$25
$99
$149
$20–$190
Recertification Time Frame?
N/A
2 years
3 years
2 years
2 years
2 years
1–2 years
2 years
4 years
6 mos. – 3 years
CEC’s Accepted from other Organizations?
N/A
Yes
Yes
Yes
Yes
Yes
Yes
Yes
Yes
Yes
Recertification Hours?
N/A
20
45
16
15
20
12 to 24
20
40
10 to 60
Specialty Certifications?
Yes
Yes
Yes
Yes
Yes
Yes
Yes
Yes
Unknown
Yes
Live Teaching?
Yes
No
No
No
No
No
No
No
No
No
Classroom Instruction?
Yes
No
No
No
No
No
No
No
No
No
Practical Teaching in Fitness Setting?
Yes
No
No
No
No
No
No
No
No
No
NCCA Accredited?
N/A – Licensed Diploma Program
Yes
Yes
No
No
No
Yes
Yes
Yes
Yes
Full time Job Placement Counselor?
Yes
No
No
No
No
No
No
No
No
No
Licensed through the Department of Education?
Yes
No
No
No
No
No
No
No
No
No
Founded?
2000
1985
1984
1994
1983
1988
1994
1987
1992
1978
Organizational Model?
For-Profit
Non-Profit
Non-Profit
For Profit
For Profit
For Profit
For Profit
For Profit
For Profit
Non-Profit

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