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Certified Personal Trainer Preparation Workshop Series

Interested in becoming a Certified Personal Trainer?

Join our Certified Personal Trainer Preparation Workshop Series (CPT Prep) starting on Sept. 7th/8th, 2024! Please check out our Course Syllabus (updated soon for Fall 2024) for mandatory dates.

About the Certified Personal Trainer Preparation Workshop Series (CPT Prep):

At CSUSB Student Recreation & Wellness Center (SRWC), our purpose is to educate and facilitate a learning environment that will prepare aspiring fitness professionals to pass the National Strength & Conditioning Association (NSCA) Certified Personal Trainer Exam. This is an extra-curricular, 12-week series.

Some of our learning outcomes are listed below:

  • Participants will be able to competently apply the theoretical and applied knowledge concepts that are required of an NSCA-CPT.
  • Participants will gain experience programming for a client one-on-one for several weeks; which will assist them in developing the soft skills necessary to being a successful personal trainer.
  • Participants will have the opportunity to take 2 practice tests, several quizzes, along with build their skills through labs and practicals.

Registration Information:

To enroll into the CPT Series, we require proof of purchase (receipt) of a new copy of NSCA’s Essentials of Personal Training (2nd OR 3rd Edition for Spring '22) from the Coyote Bookstore or Human Kinetics Webiste; must be ISBN 9781718215238 (Hard Copy) or ISBN 9781718215245 (eBook). The textbook is around $114-$140 & comes with a study package. The book cannot be a rental.


Test registration ($226) is highly encouraged but not required post series completion. Please see FAQ’s below and syllabus.



How to Sign Up:

Please be sure that you have purchased a new 'NSCA's Essentials of Personal Training' book from the bookstore prior to signing up.

Once you are registered you will receive an email confirmation. We will be in contact with you shortly to provide any further instructions prior to Saturday, September 7th, 2024.