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There are many certifications and ways to become a certified personal trainer but some require more work, cost and time than others. These certifications all have text books that can be purchased online to prepare for the personal trainer test. We have broken down the most notable ones in Canada to take away the homework in researching them.
We have also ranked them in order of reputation, quality etc (see the bottom of this pagefor the complete list of how we rated these).

Personal Trainer Certification Companies

1 Certified Strength and Conditioning Specialist (CSCS)
This is an intense written and practical exam. Must have a B.A., Bsc or in medicine from a university, or collage.
Time commitment: an exam Cost: $350 Canadian 

CSEP Certification
This certification has two levels and because of the prerequisites it comes in second place.
Requirements for Level 1
2 year education at a college or university that addresses the CSEP-CPT core competencies.
Requirements for Level 2

Must have a 4 year degree in Human Kinetics or Kinesiology to be eligible for the CSEP-CEP certification. They designed this especially for Kinesiologists.
Workshops are not necessary as you could go write the examination which has a theory and a practical component.
Cost: Unknown

3 American Council On Exercise (ACE)
This certification is an intense written exam. You must have a backgroud in kinesiology, and CPR and order the manual at the address above.
Am I eligible for Personal Trainer certification?
The following eligibility requirements have been adopted for our Personal Trainer certification exams.
  • You must be at least 18 years of age.
  • You must hold current adult CPR (cardiopulmonary resuscitation) certificate at the time of the exam.*
*You may sit for the Paper and Pencil exam without proof of CPR; however, you will not receive your exam results until you provide a CURRENT CPR Certificate. Candidates registering for computer-based testing must have a CURRENT CPR certificate at the time of registration that does not expire prior to the exam date.

*Note: Effective January 1, 2009 all new and renewing ACE-certified professionals in the U.S. and Canada must hold both a current CPR and AED card to sit for or renew an ACE certification
Cost: About $280 Canadian Time Commitment: One Exam
4 Young Mens/Womens Christian Association (YMCA/YWCA)
YMCA Personal Training Contact your local YMCA
This is a 5 part course. Basic Theory, individual conditioning, program design, cpafla, and personal training. Cost: $400 Canadain (members) Time commitment: 5 courses, each 2 weekends long.
5 Can Fit Pro
Can Fit Pro Certification
This certification has a practical and a written component. Visit the above to attain the manual required to complete this certification. Time commitment: 2 weekends (25 hours). + studing.
Cost: About $400 Canadian
6 Canadian Personal Trainers Network (CPTN)
Must be 18, have CPR. 120 multiple choice questions, and a practical with a minimum of 75% to pass. Cost: $212.93 Canadian Time Commitment: 1 weekend.
7 Sports Performance Institute (SPI)
SPI Logo
Written and practical examination. (multiple choice). Text book comes with the course. Must have CPR to complete the course.Cost: Level 1 $250.00, Level 2 $265.00, Level 3 $340.00

Time commitment: unknown
ACSM CertificationACSM Personal Trainer Requirements
This certification has a practical and a written component..
Requirements: 18 years old, high school diploma, current CPR with practical skills component.
Cost: $219 ACSM Members
$279 other candidates (This cost does not include the price of the manuals)
NPTINPTI Personal Trainer
This course is a 6 month or 12 months (part-time) intensive class like structure and are taught physiology, anatomy, business practices and 200 hours of gym training. Hands on training is also included.
Cost: $6,300 Includes the registration fee, text books, CPR/AED and First Aid certifications and covers the entire 500-hour program including your gym membership for the duration of the program.

If you would like to protest Ranking's Contact Us.

Personal Trainers in Canada
Personal Trainers in the USA
Calgary Personal Trainers
Port Moody Personal Trainers
Vancouver Personal Trainers
Victoria Personal Trainers
British Columbia
Vancouver Personal Trainers
Winnipeg Personal Trainers
Richmond Hill Personal Trainers
Barrie Personal Trainers
Burlington Personal Trainers
Downtown Toronto Personal Trainers
Guelph Personal Trainers
Kingston Personal Trainers
Lakefield Personal Trainers
London Personal Trainers
Milton Personal Trainers
Mississauga Personal Trainers
North York Personal Trainers
oshawa Personal Trainers
Ottawa Personal Trainers
Richmond Personal Trainers
Richmond Hill Personal Trainers
Shelburne Personal Trainers
Toronto Personal Trainers
Trenton Personal Trainers
Whitby Personal Trainers
York Personal Trainers
Prince Edward Island
Summerside Personal Trainers
Montreal Personal Trainers
Mesa Personal Trainers
Scottsdale Personal Trainers
Tucson Personal Trainers
Beverly Hills Personal Trainers
Dana Point Personal Trainers
Glendale Personal Trainers
Los Angeles Personal Trainers
Newport Beach Personal Trainers
Orange County Personal Trainers
Palm Springs Personal Trainers
Sacramento Personal Trainers
Van Nuys Personal Trainers
Hamden Personal Trainers
Aventura Personal Trainers
Miami Personal Trainers
Pensacola Personal Trainers
Canton Personal Trainers
Chicago Personal Trainers
Indianapolis Personal Trainers
St. Louis Personal Trainers
Omaha Personal Trainers
New York
New York Personal Trainers
Ponca City Personal Trainers
Portland Personal Trainers
York Personal Trainers
Nashville Personal Trainers
Austin Personal Trainers
San Antonio Personal Trainers
Yelm Personal Trainers

Myfit's Personal Trainer Certification Ranking Criteria
Reputation is extremely important in a personal training certification. Why would you get a certification that wasn't recognized by everyone?
Pre-requisite of information
A quality certification will ask for a certain level of understanding before taking the course or have a level system in place.
Cost of the course. "Bang for the Buck"
Quality and quantity of information in the text that is offered
Obviously, the less information that you have to know the easier it will be to pass the course.
The quality of the members
Some certifications pass almost everyone that takes the course. The quality is assessed on personal contact with the members and ties in closely with reputation.
Provides motivation to learn
Certifications that provide as much information as possible to enhance their learning will earn a higher ranking. ie. free courses for their members, database of articles and exercises etc.


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