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NC.HLTH-002 - Personal Trainer Cert Prep - DJ Tripoli

Course:Personal Trainer Cert Prep
Professor:DJ Tripoli
  • Online
Course Length:
  • 8 Week


Hello Students! My name is DJ Tripoli. I will be providing you with all the information you will need to take and pass the NSCA - CPT exam, if you so choose to take it! This class will have weekly lectures, readings, discussion posts and assessments. My hope is that the content is stimulating and helps you develop your understanding of health, wellness, and helping others achieve their fitness goals!

Course Description

Preparation for taking the CPT, Certified Personal Trainer, exam through the National Strength and Conditioning Association, NSCA. This course covers methods of client assessment, measurement, and evaluation. Highlights include resistance training program design, nutrition, body composition, and cardio-respiratory fitness. Please note this course does not satisfy the Physical Education requirement for the associate degree.

What to Expect in this Course

This is an asynchronous, fully online course. Students are required to log hours of activity on Canvas each week. This will be in the form of discussion board posts, reading quizzes, and submitting assignments. The culminating assessment is a "mock" exam that closely resembles the actually NSCA - CPT exam.

Types of Assessments

  • Reading Chapter Quizzes
  • Discussion Boards
  • Unit Assignments
  • CPT Mock Exam

Textbook Information / Link to ZTC Textbook

NSCA’S Essentials of Personal Training, 2nd ed. by Jared W. Coburn & Moh H. Malek; ISBN: 978-0736084154

NSCA’s Essentials of Personal Training is the resource to rely on for personal training information and guidance. With state-of-the art knowledge regarding applied aspects of personal training as well as clear explanations of supporting scientific evidence, NSCA’s Essentials of Personal Training, 2nd ed. Is also the authoritative preparation text for those preparing for the NSCA – CPT exam. This essential reference was developed by the NSCA to present knowledge, skills, and abilities required for personal trainers.

Additional Resources


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Last updated: 09/17/2021 Sub#: 669