CFES National Personal Trainer (PT) Certification Requirements

CFES specialized fitness leadership program modules are designed to take students through the steps in fitness instructor and personal trainer Canadian national certification.

For more information on the CFES Personal Trainer Course description click here.

Each candidate is to successfully complete (80%+) on the following program steps or present an equivalent*:

1. Pre-requisite: CFES Weight Training Instructor Certification*;

2. Personal Trainer (PT) Classroom Course (40+ hours)*;

3. PT Practicum or Mentorship Program (20 hours)*;

4. National PT Exam (one hour, closed book, supervised, fee)*;

5. National PT Skills Assessment (one on one, video or Skype; fee)*;

6. Maintain current CPR-A minimum and Emergency or Standard First Aid Certifications or equivalent;

7. Maintain annual liability insurance (if required);

8. Submit to CFES: CFES Certification Application Form, all certification or cross-transfer collateral documents and certification fee;

9. Receive CFES Personal Trainer Certification (electronic).

Personal Trainer certification fees:
Pass CFES instructor or personal trainer course, practicum program, national closed book exam, and instructor/personal trainer skills assessment requirements and submit Certification Application Form and collateral documents

$120.00 (national exam and first year certification fee) + $6.00 (GST) = $126.00 Total

* for students not already CFES Weight Training Instructors; additional skills assessment fees paid to Educator/Skills Assessment Evaluator


If additional CFES certification designation exam fee only

$70.00 (national exam fee) + $3.50 (GST) = $73.50 Total

* additional skills assessment fees paid to Educator/Skills Assessment Evaluator

+ Prices subject to change



CFES Personal Trainer Course
CFES Personal Trainer Course Resource Manual, 1st Edition (PTRM)
National Library of Canada ISBN 978-0-9868197-0-4; Publisher: Canadian Fitness Education Services Ltd.
510 pages, $85.00*

CFES Personal Trainer Course Work Booklet + Study Guide, 2nd Edition (PTWBSG)
National Library of Canada ISBN: 978-0-9868197-1-1; Publisher: Canadian Fitness Education Services Ltd.
218 pages, $15.00*

CFES Personal Trainer Course Program Educator Kit, 1st Edition (PTEdKit)
National Library of Canada ISBN: 978-0-9868197-2-8; Publisher: Canadian Fitness Education Services Ltd.

One hard copy resource manual, student program work booklet + study guide, hard copy 360 page Educator Kit and PowerPoint Educator Kit Supplement CDrom (500+ slides): $400.00*

* Shipping and taxes extra

To see sample pages from the manual click on the cover art above and download the PDF file.

Note: Practicum Program Alternative Choices for Personal Trainer: Students unable to attend a practicum program are required to work with a CFES Leadership Mentor in their community at a facility offering this service. When there is no CFES Leadership Mentor in your community, discuss and agree with your educator how you will meet CFES certification standard for this practicum experience.

When your skills and confidence to be employable are apparent it is time to book your CFES Instructor Skills Assessment with a CFES Educator or Skills Assessment Evaluator [SAE] in your region.


Personal Trainer cross-transfer certification:

CFES examines cross-transfer personal trainer certifications on a case by case basis based on competency and credentials. To complete cross-transfer certification for candidates with current fitness instructor or personal trainer credentials, you can find the cross-transfer forms package for the Personal Trainer designation by clicking the hotlink to our web site's Applications and Transfer Forms web page to download. Please fill in your designation application forms(s) and return either via scanned attachments to an email, fax, or send via snail mail, along with other document proofs as per the application(s). The cross-transfer certification  fee is $70.00 + $3.50 GST = $73.50.  If you are unsure of your equivalency contact the CFES office to discuss.

To cross-transfer certify in more than one designation, please fill in the following forms info:
• Section 1 and Section 4 only on ONE Certification and Cross Transfer Application Form  package ( i.e. Item E. CFES Personal Trainer (PT) Application + Cross-transfer forms package PDF file);
• Fill in Section 1 and read, agree to, and sign Section 3. The Professional Code of Honour for EACH leadership designation you are certifying in.


Annual CFES National Personal Trainer Re-Certification Requirements

1. Each candidate is to successfully complete (80%+) on the following program steps or present an equivalent*:

2. Attend eight (8) hours CFES recognized workshops, seminars or conferences (class or online)*;

3. Submit twelve (12) Personal Trainer verified client hours*;

4. Maintain CPR; First Aid and annual liability insurance (if required);

5. Submit to CFES: CFES  Re-certification Application Form, collateral documents and re-certification fee.

6. Receive CFES Personal Trainer Re-Certification (electronically).

Annual CFES Personal Trainer re-certification fee

Annual re-certification fee: $70.00 + $3.50 (GST) = $73.50

Two year re-certification option now available. Double up your re-cert hours and instructional hours and re-certify for two years: $140.00 + $7.00 (GST) = $147.00

*Prices subject to change.

For career advancement as a CFES national Skills Assessment Evaluator (SAE), Leadership Mentor or Educator visit the Educators web page.

Provincial + National Recognition

CFES Fitness Leadership Program modules are designed to take students through the steps in the CFES national Aquafit, Group Fitness and Weight Training Instructor and Personal Trainer certification.

Full-fledged CFES instructor courses are 24+ hours of classroom theory and on-the-floor/in-the-water practical training with end of course open book completion exams; followed by a 12-20 hour practicum; a one-hour closed book proctored certification exam; and a 90 minute instructor skills assessment. Passing grade is 80%. Instructors are expected to maintain CPR + First Aid tickets and obtain liability insurance (if necessary).

Candidates wanting Personal Trainer certification must first successfully complete the Weight Training Instructor certification and then progress to the Personal Trainer course. The PT course is 40+ hours of classroom and practical teaching, and also includes a course completion open book exam; followed by a 20-hour practicum, closed book proctored certification exam and skills assessment. Passing grade is 80%. PTs are expected to maintain CPR + First Aid tickets and obtain liability insurance.

As well as providing national certification CFES is an IDEA Fitness Connect Certification Verification Partner. CFES resources are also recognized by a variety of specialized fitness leadership agencies, including: the Canadian Aquatics Leaders Alliance (CALA); the Canadian Personal Trainers Network (CPTN), repscanada and Canfitpro (GFI + PT = PT/FIS equivalency) and National Fitness Leadership Alliance (NFLA), which includes the BCRPA Fitness Branch; Alberta Fitness Leadership Certification Association; Saskatchewan Parks and Recreation Association Fitness Division; Manitoba Fitness Council; Ontario Fitness Council; Fitness New Brunswick; Island Fitness Council and the Nova Scotia Fitness Association. For further info how to complete with any of the above agencies contact them directly.

The CFES Fitness Knowledge Course is approved by the Massage Therapist Associations of Saskatchewan for credits for Continuing Education/Professional Development.

Our programs are also integrated within college continued education and health and fitness diploma programs in Canada; and as an addendum to university health and exercise sciences programs for job-ready graduation credentialing.

CFES resources are also recognized by the BC Ministry of Education and Alberta Education and utilized in individual Ontario Board Authorized high school physical education credit courses grades 9 to 12 students. The CFES Fitness Knowledge Course is listed in both the BC Min. of  Ed's Integrated Resource Package and highlighted in their Grade Collection for meeting the most learning outcomes for PE 10/12 students and on Education Alberta's Learning Centre.




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