Exam Requirements

You are required to take the Certified Personal Trainer proctored exam within 180 days of opening the course or 60 days from purchasing the EXAM ONLY option.

The exam candidate will receive an email from the testing center with instructions for creating an online account and scheduling the exam at the center nearest their location. The exam candidate needs to allow two (2) days prior to their exam to book the exam time and location.

Information and Instructions for Scheduling the exam:

  • You will receive an email from Pearson Vue to the address listed on your PTA Global account:
    • Wait at least 24 hours from the time you receive this email to contact the PSI testing center.
  • Create your Pearson Vue account
  • Select a date/time that you want to take the exam and keep in mind:
    • You have 180 days from the day you opened your course to take the exam.
    • You have 60 days from the day you clicked the “Take Exam” button on the Exam Only purchase option, to take the exam
    • You must schedule your exam at least 48 hours prior to the date you wish to take the final exam.

Testing Center Admission Requirements

All candidates are required to provide the following items at the test center:

  • A valid form of government-issued identification which includes photograph and signature. The exam center Identification policy can be found HERE
  • A valid/current CPR/AED card or certificate of completion which includes a live, hands-on training component as described in our Exam Candidate Handbook

Any student without valid ID or a current CPR/AED card will not be allowed to sit for the PTA Global CPT Exam.

The testing center reserves the right to ask for additional identification for verification purposes. If there is any doubt as to an individual’s identity, the candidate will be turned away from the test center and a report filed with the PTA Global Certification Board.

Test Center Protocols

Prohibited Materials:

  • No personal belongings such as hats, coats, purses, backpacks, cell phones, pagers, etc. are permitted in the testing room.

Rescheduling or Cancellation of Exam

Pearson Vue testing sites require at least 48 hours’ notice to cancel or reschedule your scheduled exam (which you will schedule at the available day and time of your choosing for your selected testing center). Failure to reschedule or cancel an examination appointment at least 48 hours in advance will result in a loss of examination opportunity and a forfeiture of your prepaid examination fees. There is no limit to the number of times you can reschedule or change your exam appointment as long as the exam is completed within your allocated scheduling window.

Additional information can be found in the CPT Exam Candidate Handbook.

Exam Retakes
If the exam candidate misses a scheduled exam appointment or fails the exam, the exam may be retaken for a fee of $99.

The exam may be taken at any time following the exam failure, or missed appointment, however, there is a mandatory 7-day waiting period from the date of exam failure before the exam candidate can schedule and retake the exam for the second time. A third exam attempt requires a 30-day waiting period. This mandatory waiting period is set to ensure that the exam candidate is improving knowledge and skills toward work as a personal trainer, not merely learning the exam questions by taking the exam too frequently or too often.

Exam retakes must be taken within 60 days of exam retake purchase.

The CPT Exam may not be retaken more than three (3) times total. Failure to pass the CPT Exam after three (3) attempts will result in a loss of privilege to take the exam again.

All exam candidates should be aware that there is more than one version of the CPT Exam, and exam candidates should therefore be prepared to learn and understand the job knowledge and skill sets required of a personal trainer in order to pass the CPT Exam.

Additional information can be found in the CPT Exam Candidate Handbook.