CPT Applicants, Test Candidates, and Certificants agree to:

  • Provide safe and effective fitness program design through appropriate screening, consultation, and evaluation of the apparently healthy client’s physical fitness goals and limitations
  • Uphold professional courtesy and consistency by implementing standards for client confidentiality, client to trainer relationships, and allied health professional references
  • Maintain clear business standards and an understanding of limitations and responsibilities as they pertain to best business practices, client and public safety, and legal and professional liabilities
  • Comply with certification renewal and continuing education requirements for trainer maintenance and advancement
  • Represent the certification credential, organization, and industry in a way which furthers health and fitness efforts and initiatives
  • Complete all documents, applications, or declarations made to NFPT truthfully
  • Protect the confidentiality of NFPT certification material including, but not limited to, certification exam material, exam questions, and score reporting documentation
  • Follow NFPT policy for the appropriate use of the CPT certificate, certification mark or other logos (also known as “NFPT Branding”). NFPT Branding may only be used by currently active certificants and never associated with activities which are illegal, obscene, or inappropriately construed. See Terms and Conditions for details.
  • Never knowingly provide trainer services to individuals who are at risk and/or not apparently healthy, or without proper medical release and/or without the performance of proper screening and evaluation procedures
  • Refrain from the performance of unethical and/or negligent activities to include lewd and immoral conduct, inappropriate sexual advances or abuses, misuse of trainer/client confidence, reckless exercise instruction, unprofessional behavior which mentally or physically harms the client or general public
  • Refrain from any substance that may cause mental or physical impairment that impedes trainer’s ability to safely and effectively evaluate, implement, and perform an appropriate fitness training program
  • Comply fully with all certification renewal requirements
  • Refrain from any liable, slanderous, or damaging remarks or literature that discredits the personal trainer profession and/or certification organizations who appropriately certify the personal fitness training professional

In addition, candidates and certificants must report any conviction of a felony. This must be reported to the Human Resource Director at HRdept@nfpt.com. Reports of felonies will be reviewed under the disciplinary and complaints policy, on a case by case basis.

NFPT will investigate any evidence which is brought before NFPT that provides confirmation of potential or actual harm to public safety and/or the mental or physical well-being of another person. Investigation and disciplinary action will occur in compliance with the Certification Council’s Complaint and Disciplinary policy.

NFPT may revoke or take other action against certificate holders in violation of these standards.


  • The NFPT has adopted a scheduled refund policy for certification packages and the NFPT-CPT exam voucher that allows a full refund minus a $50 processing fee within the first two weeks of the original application. This refund amount decreases by 25% with every two week period with no refund provided at the end of 8 weeks.
  • The NFPT Membership Renewal Fee and NFPT-CPT Exam Re-Test Fee is NON-REFUNDABLE.
  • For NFPT Advanced Continuing Education Courses NFPT has adopted a scheduled refund policy that allows a full refund minus a $25 processing fee within the first two weeks of the original application. This refund amount decreases by 25% with every two week period with no refund provided at the end of 8 weeks.
  • No refund is provided for NFPT Introductory Continuing Education Courses.
  • No refund is provided for any course (CPT or Continuing Education Courses) if the exam for the respective course has been taken, regardless of passing or failing score, no refund is provided after test sitting.