Frequently Asked Questions

What about the GI-Bill or any other federal or state agencies, do you accept them?

The following NPTI locations accept VA benefits: Tempe, AZ, all California locations, Norwalk, CT, Orlando, FL, Johns Creek, GA, Chicago & Lisle, IL, Waltham, MA, Rochester Hills, MI, Brooklyn Park, MN, Lyndhurst, NJ, Charlotte & Raleigh, NC, Columbus & Richmond Heights, OH, Portland, OR, Philadelphia, PA, Vienna, VA

Please call (800)-960-6294 or e-mail [email protected] for more information

What is your program, exactly?

At NPTI, we offer 500 & 600 hour personal training education programs. Students spend one half of their day inside the classroom where they learn a variety of topics, including anatomy, physiology, exercise, nutrition, exercise programming, working with special populations, and you will be exposed to the business side of being a personal trainer. The other half of the day, they spend time doing practical hands-on sessions. In those sessions, they learn an array of exercise techniques, as well as programming.

What are the reasons I should enroll at the National Personal Training Institute?

If you think being a personal trainer is just about being a rep and set counter while a client completes basic exercises like the bicep curls or tricep extensions, you would be wrong. To be successful, all personal trainers need to be both book smart, and have wide-ranging hands-on training, as well as expertise when it comes to both the design and prescribing of workouts and exercise programs. Because NPTI’s curriculum is split between both the classroom and completing hands-on instruction, we can provide the tools you are going to need to be a success in the fitness and health industry.

When you are in our classroom, you are going to be exposed to a varying collection of topics, including anatomy, physiology and nutrition. You will also be exposed to the business aspect of personal training. When you are in the practical sessions, you will work out every day you have class, as well as gain valuable experience where you learn how to analyze, design, instruct, and execute workout exercises and routines.

Plus, we can offer you broad job placement help, as well as guest speakers, a great team of instructors, small classes, and we can also help you organize your resume, cover letter, or both.

What credentials will I receive upon completion of NPTI?

NPTI graduates will be eligible for two credentials, in addition to certifications in CPR/AED & First Aid.

  • 500 Hour (600 hours in Orlando, FL, Lisle, IL, Boston, MA, Cleveland & Columbus, OH & Vienna, VA) State-Approved Department of Education Diploma in Personal Training (In Arizona & Pittsburgh it is a Certificate of Completion). This requires no upkeep of Continuing Education Courses (CEC’s) and never needs to be renewed. Your Diploma in personal training will be good for life!
  • If you choose to further your main NPTI credential, you will be eligible to sit for the NASM-CPT Certification. The National Personal Training Institute is NASM’s largest academic partner in North America. The NASM Certification combined with a State Diploma will prepare you to be one of the most qualified personal trainers in the industry.

Is your company national?

Yes. NPTI was founded in 2000. Currently, there are over 30 NPTI campuses nationwide, as well as in Canada.

Does the National Personal Training Institute have all required licenses?

Yes. Click here to view each state’s licensing information.

How is your job placement?

At NPTI, we are highly committed to assisting our graduates in finding work in the fitness and health field. We have an outstanding reputation for providing employers with some of the best personal trainers in the entire country. We take pride in working hard to aid our students, and take it to the next step.* Our thorough job placement assistance includes the following:

  • Guest Speaker series
  • Broad list of contacts used for hiring
  • Provide students with training on resume and cover letter writing, as well as job interviewing skills
  • We have a large and ever growing network of NPTI graduates working in the fitness and health field, and they hire recent NPTI grads.

*We will make every effort to help our graduates find employment; however, the National Personal Training Institute cannot promise or guarantee employment to anyone.

Are there any enrollment fees?

Yes, a $75 enrollment fee ($50 in FL). Your enrollment fee will hold a place in the class of your choosing. You will not be enrolled until we receive the enrollment fee.

What about online certifications and junior colleges?

You wouldn’t ever consider hiring a personal training professional that got an online certification, would you? Well, your clients wouldn’t either. Generally, most online certifications require a student to buy a book and complete a test. You need to ask how this could qualify and prepare someone to have a career as a personal trainer. You wouldn’t visit a doctor that only had an online education, would you?

Some colleges or junior colleges offer some sort of personal trainer program. We think that is great and it shows the profession of personal training is very strong and growing rapidly. However, when you evaluate programs, you are going to see that you won’t really have a choice. At NPTI, all we do is get our students prepared to have a successful career in the fitness and health field. Other places do not offer that kind of a focus.

For example, when you are in class, you are going to be taught what you specifically need to know related to being a personal trainer. We won’t be having you study any unconnected topics, such as sociology or a foreign language. When it comes to the practical aspect of the program, you are going to gain incredibly valuable hands-on knowledge that you will need to steer patrons through their workouts. Plus, when you consider that we work diligently to assist our students in finding jobs when they graduate, it is plain to see that the focal point of our program really does benefit our students. View a comparison chart here: NPTI vs. Other Personal Trainer Certifications

What happens during hands-on training sessions? Is it working out on our own, or are receiving instruction?

During the hands-on portion of the curriculum, you will receive invaluable experience. Throughout the track of the program, you are going to learn how to implement and design an array of workout programs that are based on real-world case scenarios, you will be taught the newest exercises, as well as new techniques in structured exercises that are designed and overseen by NPTI staff members. You will also learn the theory behind functional training, and comprehend how you can incorporate them into your own fitness programming. Not only that, but you will learn how to properly analyze exercises to determine the plane and joint ranges of motions, as well as the primary muscles that are utilized in each specific movement.

Can you tell me more about functional training?

A resistance training method, functional training utilizes an array of exercise equipment, which includes Bosu, stability balls, kettle balls, bands, tubing, medicine balls, dyna-discs, foam rollers, weights, as well as other surfaces that are unbalanced. These surfaces assist the body’s kinetic chain. How is this different from traditional strength training? These exercises typically mimic your real-life movements, which incorporate the whole body, including your core muscles in the stomach and lower back.

When you think about traditional exercises, take the seated leg extension on a machine, as an example. You’ll gain strength in the quad muscles, but, do you ever actually use your quadriceps muscles in that position during your every day life? Rarely. So, instead, we show you movements in which you use those muscles in real life scenarios. We would have you integrate am exercise like a step-up onto a bench. This will add strength to your quads, as well as work out many of your other muscles in the core and your lower body, plus it mimics a real-life action of climbing stairs.

Rather than making a client do a bench press, you can let them lay their back on a stability ball and complete a chest press using dumbbells. They will continue to get the upper body workout they want, but due to laying on an unstable surface, they will also get a great workout of the core muscles, as well. Plus, for you as a trainer, these exercises are more effective and more fun, and the client can have more fun with them, too.

Want another upside to these kinds of workouts? Your clients can complete many of these exercises at their home, a location where they probably do not have a lot of equipment. In this day and age, you aren’t going to find clients that are willing to pay a trainer to say “do three sets of 10 reps on the bicep curl machine.” So, you’re going to need to know how you can add in functional training moves in the exercises and workouts you come up with.

Where do you do the hands-on training?

Check your designated school’s location page for more information: NPTI Locations

Can I still enroll if I’m not in very good shape?

You absolutely can. A big perk of our program is that you actually get to work out every day you are here, so you’ll be learning in the classroom, plus getting the chance to make a positive physical change in your own body.

I’m nervous about beginning the program because I’ve been out of school for awhile. What is the typical range of ages of students? Will the program be too difficult for me?

Our environment is extremely learning friendly here at the National Personal Training Institute. We do our absolute best to assist you in learning the material at a comfortable pace for you. We have small class sizes, great instructors, and spend a good deal of time on each section of our curriculum. We also have a great deal of review time worked into your schedule. The first portion of each class is spent reviewing the material from the previous day, and we also spend one full day reviewing material prior to all exams.

Students between the ages of 18 and 72 that comes in all shapes and sizes have graduated from our program.

Tell me more about your admission/graduation requirements?

Our admission requirements are as follows:

  • You need to have earned at least your high school diploma or equivalent (GED)
  • You must be at least 18 years old by the start of class for which you enroll
  • Submit a medical clearance form signed by a health care provider that clears the student for participation in physical activity

You will not need any prerequisite classes. The National Personal Training Institute does not discriminate against any applicant by race, gender, age or physical disability in accordance with federal and state guidelines.

What should I do if I miss class?

All students must attend at least 90% of clock hours of the Personal Training Program in order to graduate. There are an array of ways for a student that is missing hours in excess of the minimum requirements to make up attendance hours. Please review Addendum II: Attendance Policy in the school catalogs posted on the bottom left hand side of the home page of this website for more information.

How can I enroll?

Click here to enroll.

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