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NSCA-CPT

by Damian Cox
(Marshall, WI)

I have to give kudos to the NSCA (National Strength and Conditioning Association). They really make sure you know your stuff in the field. They educated me well in program planning, exercise technique, biomechanics, anatomy, special populations, safety and legal issues and so on.

I earned my certification through them, and although I am not yet employed in the field (working on it!), I feel comfortable with the knowledge that they supplied me. Go with NSCA if you can, it's not cheap (study materials and exam) but like all things in life, you get what you pay for!

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NSCA Exam
by: L.A.

I was happy to read your post about the NSCA. I've been in freak mode ever since I read on this site that it's the toughest exam out there!
I'm 47 years old and teach group fitness and have been with my own personal trainer for 4 years now. I've learned so much throughout the years, however, I'm the world's worst test taker!!!
I have all the study materials for the NSCA, which I bought at a discounted price at the last IDEA conference. Does the practice exam mirror the real exam? Do you recommend attending the workshop? I'm giving myself 8 months to study and will be in a mentor program with my trainer(w/15 years' experience) this summer.
Just looking for some reassurance...

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You can pass the NSCA-Certified Personal Trainer exam
by: Angela Russell

I noticed some of you were worried about passing the NSCA-Certified Personal Trainer exam. I took it and passed the first time(80%). I did get my B.S in health & wellness but the NSCA CPT book helped the most. The sections that I didn't get to read were the sections that I didn't do as well. The questions are a little different than most questions like is the answer (from a,b,c,d) abd,cad,cd or ab this can be tough. The book asks you questions just like the test and this helped me the most. All you have to do is sit down and do one chapter at a time answer all the questions and take the practice tests. Do this for every chapter then go back through and take all the tests at once. You could easily do a chapter a week. Goodluck!

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NSCA Cert

by Alan
(Colonie NY)

I have a NSCA certification and I think it's a great cert. They state that only 57.2% pass the CPT test. So, if you are not on point with your knowledge you will fail. Their strength & conditioning research journals are awesome . You can't help but vastly improve on your education if you read them. It is definitely a strong Cert to have. Study hard if you are considering it.

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Study time frame
by: BL

How long do you recommend to study for the NSCA exam? I have taken science classes in college, so I have a somewhat idea of the human anatomy.

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nsca cert
by: Anonymous

Is there many anatomy questions involved and how tough are they?any help would be greatly appreciated

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how long it takes to study for then NSCA CPT exam
by: Anonymous

The recommended time to study for the exam is 3-9 months depending on the education that you already have. I am studying for it now while working. I hope that this helps.

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Nsca test
by: Al

If you know your bones,joint actions ,planes and muscles well ,you should be ok for any anatomy question. You will need to know this for other areas of the exam.

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Pass Rate
by: Brenda

I think the pass rate has decreased since you posted. It is now listed at only 54.9%, period. http://www.nsca-cc.org/pdfs/about_us/WhyNSCACC.pdf

Surprisingly, the CSCS has a higher pass rate, but that could be partly due to higher education requirements.

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The NSCA is the "Not So New Gold Standard"

by Daniel
(Nebraska)

I am a wellness director for a hospital and to tell you the truth the NSCA-CPT and especially the CSCS carries more weight than even the ACSM certifications. (I personally prefer them to the new clinical certifications by the ACSM).

The NSCA, at least in the midwest, is even taking over some of the college teaching philosophies and preferences of what is the standard. The NSCA however is too strict on what they consider an acceptable CEU and should broaden their acceptance and teachings into the fitness business and sales aspect better.

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Daniel, why do you prefer NSCA?
by: Nick

Dear Deaniel,

I am an aspiring personal trainer. I have a strong science background and have been told that I should pursue the NSCA-CSCS and an ACSM clinical certification to broaden my career opportunities. I would like to know why you prefer the NSCA certifications to the ACSM clinical certifications. In your opinion, are the ACSM clinical certifcations necessary to find employment in hospital wellness centers?

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Great Certification
by: Gardy Reglas

Quite possibly the PT Certification! Yes it's not easy (as the old saying goes; if it was easy, everyone would do it), but it is well worth the time invested in earning it. The scientific facts are great. Read the book and watch the DVDs and you'll have a good chance at passing the test. Best of luck to you all!

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NSCA-CPT Practice Exam Kit NEW
by: Anonymous

Has anyone purchased this book from tests.com to study for their NSCA-CPT exm? Just wondering if it is worth it? Thoughts? Reviews? Thank you!
http://www.tests.com/NSCA-Personal-Trainer-Practice-Exam-Kit

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