Earn CPFT accreditation with post-secondary credits

You can apply your college or university course credits to earn Fitness Alberta® Personal Fitness Trainer certification. 


What credits do we accept?

Students currently enrolled in a two or four year program at an accredited University or College, participating in a faculty such as Physical Education, Kinesiology, Personal Fitness Training, or related program may be eligible to skip our online personal training course and proceed directly to challenge the CPFT Theory and Practical exams. Coursework from an accredited post-secondary institution in the following competencies would be required:

  • Human Anatomy
  • Human Physiology
  • Exercise Physiology 
  • Movement Mechanics 
  • Physical health assessment
  • Health related benefits of physical activity
  • Exercise prescription and program design
  • Human behaviour 

Email our office if you have any questions at info@aflca.ca. 


How to apply your post secondary credits


  • 1

    Step 1: Submit transcripts and supporting information

    Submit your postsecondary transcripts and required information in the Education review form  for pre-approval. 

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    Step 2: Write the online CPFT exam

    The CPFT theory exam will test you on your understanding of core knowledge you should have gained in your post-secondary education. You must pass the CPFT theory exam with a minimum of 80%.

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    Step 3: Complete your practical exam

    Your practical exam is delivered by a Certified Personal Fitness Trainer Examiner. Register for your practical exam here

    Your CPFT practical exam will test you on applying the underpinning knowledge you should have gained in your post-secondary education to a case study. 

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    Step 4: Submit your documentation for certification

    Submit your information and documentation for certification. This includes your theory and practical exam information, and current CPR and Standard First Aid.

    Submit information and pay for your CPFT certification