Become a Certified Personal Trainer and Join the Elite at PROPTA.


Scope of Practice

Personal trainers are health/fitness professionals who, using an individualized approach, assess, motivate, educate and train clients regarding their health and fitness needs. They design safe and effective exercise programs, provide the guidance to help clients achieve their personal health/fitness goals and respond appropriately in emergency situations. Recognizing their own area of expertise, personal trainers refer clients to other health care professionals when appropriate.


The Personal Trainer Association PROPTA-Certified Personal Trainer (PROPTA-CPT) certification

 was developed in 1980 for professionals who work one-on-one with their clients in a variety of environments, including health/fitness clubs, wellness centers, schools and clients' homes. The exam thoroughly tests the knowledge and skills that are necessary to successfully train both active and sedentary physically healthy individuals, as well as individuals with special needs.

Today, more in 183 countries and 5 languages fitness professionals hold this prestigious credential. The PROPTA-CPT became the first personal training credential to be nationally and Internationally Endorsed by the International Federation of Bodybuilders, the IFBB PRO League in 2010 and has continued to set the standard for personal training as the most well-respected, most prestigious personal trainer certification through national and international recognition.


Personal trainers with specialized expertise may also be involved in training clients with orthopedic, cardiovascular and other chronic conditions. Although no formal post-secondary course work is required, candidates are expected to have a good knowledge of biomechanical concepts, training adaptations, anatomy, exercise physiology, program design guidelines and current position papers pertaining to special populations.

To qualify to register for the PROPTA-CPT exam, you must be at least 18 years old and have a high school diploma or equivalent.

Current CPR and AED certification is also a requirement. If you do not have current CPR and AED certification, you can still register for and take the PROPTA-CPT exam. The PROPTA Certification will accept any adult CPR and AED certification obtained by attending a CPR and AED course that meets the following criteria:

  • Must have a hands-on training component (certification through a course completed entirely online will not be accepted)
  • Must include a skills performance evaluation

Examples of accepted CPR and AED certifications include

  • American Heart Association (Heartsaver)
  • Red Cross (including Blended Learning First Aid/CPR/AED Program)
  • National Safety Council

The PROPTA Certification will not release exam scores until documentation of valid CPR and AED certification has been received.