Become a Certified Personal Fitness Trainer


Our personal training certification is recognized across Canada, the US and abroad. Earn the skills you need for a successful career in personal  training. And, once you're certified with us, you can take your career further with our advanced certifications. 

There are three ways to become a Fitness Alberta® Certified Personal Fitness Trainer.  Choose the pathway that works best for you. 

1: Personal Fitness Trainer online course

Fitness Alberta has partnered with the National Council on Strength and Fitness to offer an online personal training program. This in-depth program provides applied knowledge and skills in kinesiology, physiology, and exercise. Once finished, you will be prepared to complete your qualifications for Fitness Alberta Personal Fitness Trainer certification.

Take the online Personal Training course
Candidates have a year to complete the course. This course is recognized internationally, including Europe, US, Canada and Australia, and will teach you what you need to know to become a Certified Personal Fitness Trainer.
Online personal training course faqs
Exams
Once you have completed the online personal training course, you will need to write and pass the personal training written theory exam. The online course manuals, online quizzes and Fitness Alberta support will help you to prepare for your exam.
Practical assessment
A practical assessment is required for CPFT certification in addition to the written theory exam. Learn what to expect and requirements for your practical assessment.
Pay fees and submit documents
Once you've passed your exams, you can send in all of your course completion information, current CPR and First Aid documentation. Fitness Alberta certification provides professional insurance, registration and other member benefits.

2: Apply post-secondary education

Relevant post-secondary education in kinesiology, exercise physiology, or physical education from an accredited university or college allows you to bypass the online course and go straight to writing your exams and practical assessment.
Apply your post-secondary education qualifications
Upload your relevant post-secondary education and transcripts to us. Once we've verified them, you can register to write your Personal Training theory and practical exams.
Exam
Once your post-secondary qualifications have been verified and accepted, you can register for the Personal Training written theory exam. All Fitness Alberta written exams have a minimum passing requirement of 80%. Successful completion of both is required for certification. Supplemental exams may be taken if required.
Practical assessment
A minimum of 80% successful completion of a practical assessment is required for CPFT certification in addition to a minimum 80% on the written theory exam.
Pay certification fees and submit documents
Once you've passed your exams you can send in your confirmation, current CPR and First Aid documentation with your fees. Fitness Alberta certification provides professional insurance, registration and other member benefits.

3: Recognition of current certification

Fitness Alberta recognizes personal training certification that meets our standards. Apply your current certification to transfer in to the Fitness Alberta and take advantage of our insurance, and outstanding professional and career development opportunities.
Apply your qualifications
Upload your current qualifications, including current CPR and First Aid.

Advanced Certifications

We offer advanced certifications in Strength and Conditioning, and Pre Postnatal Exercise. We also offer pathways to become a Fitness Alberta Trainer and examiner for qualified individuals.
Advance your career
Advanced certifications open your career options and add to your scope of practice and professional insurance.