To renew your Cooper Institute Certified Personal Training certification, you'll need to meet the following requirements:
The credentialing certification department will verify certification status to interested persons by request. Verification of certification status does not include disclosing any confidential information. There are three status reports that may be given.
If there are any questions, we have a formal process where we will review any concerns.
Reprints for the CI-CPT certification and for all certificate programs are available to those who are currently certified and are in good standing. Each reprint costs $20. CI-CPT certifications within two months of expiring will not be reprinted unless renewal requirements are met.
Non-CI-CPT certificates (i.e., Cooper certificate programs) no longer expire and may be reprinted at any time. Follow all instructions on the form and keep a copy of the completed form for your records.
The following are some frequently asked questions.
The renewal period for your certification begins eight weeks (two months) before the expiration date printed on your certification. Do not send in your renewal form earlier than the renewal period or it will be returned to you unprocessed.
|CI-CPT Certification Month||CI-CPT Renewal Due*|
|*A grace period is available for 30 days after the renewal date. Additional fees apply.|
|January, February, March||By March 31 – every 3 years|
|April, May, June||By June 30 – every 3 years|
|July, August, September||By September 30 – every 3 years|
|October, November, December||By December 31 – every 3 years|
It is your responsibility to monitor your certification expiration date. Certifications expired for a period longer than 30 days are not renewable; the certification process will need to be repeated to earn a valid certification.
CI has two standards that must both be met for your education to count toward renewal:
1. The education must relate to at least one of the four performance domains covered by the examination:
2. The education must build upon or enhance the base-level knowledge that was covered by the exam (that is, simply repeating base knowledge every three years is not acceptable)
You may renew your certification via:
You have a maximum of 30 days from the certification expiration date to complete the renewal process. This extension fee will be added at the time that you submit your renewal. Payment is due at the time of renewal, purchase orders may not be used as payment.
A 30-day extension is available for an additional fee of $100 and will give you a period of 30 days from your renewal date to complete your renewal requirements. If you complete all renewal requirements during the 30-day extension period, your certification will be renewed for an additional three years based on the original three-year cycle (not from the date you completed the forms).
If you are not able to complete all the requirements within the time frame, and still wish to hold the CI-CPT Credential, you will need to earn the CI-CPT again by taking the exam. No discounts are provided for retaking the examination.
Your certification status is classified as "not currently certified" if you do not renew by the certification expiration date. The CI-CPT certification will be re-instated once all renewal requirements are met and submitted to CI within the grace period.
Fill out the one-page form and submit it along with the renewal fee. Do not submit documentation other than what is requested on the form. Please make sure you retain all contact hour documentation and a copy of this form for your records and in case your application is selected for audit. One contact hour is defined as one clock hour of professional educational programming or hands-on application.
The Cooper Institute Certification Board (CICB) is committed to providing a program for its credentialed professionals to build upon and/or enhance expertise in Personal Trainer core competencies through a formal program of continuing education. The CI-CPT Renewal Program encourages certified professionals to stay up-to-date with research, health and medical guidelines, and to offer programs that are safe, effective, and motivational to their clients.
When you earn a CI-CPT certification, the three year valid period is printed on the certificate. You will need to accrue 30 contact hours over a three-year period. We will only accept contact hours that are earned between the date the certification was issued and renewal date. For example, if you received your original certification on June 1, 2008 we will only recognize continuing education credits earned between June 1, 2008 and your renewal date of June 30, 2011.
Current adult CPR certification is required to renew your certification. Only CPR courses including a hands-on component will be accepted. Correspondence and online CPR courses are not accepted for certification or certification renewal.
Certification renewal is available only to those CI-CPT certification holders classified as Currently Certified and in good standing with The Cooper Institute.
Yes. The Cooper Institute works with a number of organizations to ensure that continuing education is easily accessible. If you choose to attend an event that is not sponsored by The Cooper Institute, be sure to ask if they provide Cooper credits. If not, you should obtain a letter of verification from the course sponsor as proof of your attendance. Documentation supporting verification of contact hours is required in the case of audit.
Sometimes companies may need to verify the certification credentials of potential employees. Othertimes, personal trainers might have a question or concern about their own certification. For these reasons, we have a formal process to review these types of requests, which involves filling out our Concern Form.
A Concern Form is available for two purposes:
A standardized process is followed for each Concern Form submission. The Cooper Institute Certification Board may take up to 60 days from the date of notification in which to provide a response.
Credentialing certifications offered through The Cooper Institute are governed by The Cooper Institute Certification Board (CICB). This group of professionals provides guidance and oversight of policies and procedures directly related to or having impact upon Cooper Institute credentialing certifications, certificants, and certification renewal activities. The CICB must review and approve all credentialing certification processes and policies.
Prior to 2006, The Cooper Institute (CI) offered the Physical Fitness Specialist course for those persons interested in personal training. Individuals passing an end-of-course exam and proficiency tests received a nationally recognized certificate.
In an effort to meet current fitness industry standards, beginning in January 2006 The Cooper Institute Certified Personal Trainer (CI-CPT) exam was first offered, replacing the Physical Fitness Specialist certification.
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