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Learn how to become OCI certifed personal trainer and start new career
ABOUT THE EXAM
  • Certification is a voluntary process of formal recognition of appropriate knowledge, skills and abilities, required for personal trainer position. Certification defines entry-level requirements of competences and offers official recognition to those who correspond to these requirements.
  • Certification is a voluntary process of formal recognition of appropriate knowledge, skills and abilities, required for personal trainer position. Certification defines entry-level requirements of competences and offers official recognition to those who correspond to these requirements.
  • Personal trainer is a specialist in the sphere of fitness possessing expertise, knowledge and skills necessary for planning and conducting safe and effective training programmes with the purpose of maintaining and improving a client's health.
  • OCI certification confirms that the specialists understand the key principles of physical activity.
  • Candidate successfully passed CPT exam and met the entry-level requirements is awarded the designation "Certified personal trainer".
OCI does not emphasize any definite program for preparing for the exam and isn't responsible for incorrect information, gained during the education process by education providers. Courses and teaching materials, offered by OCI are optional. None of the OCI students gets advantages on the certification exam. Each candidate whichever educational course completed get through the standardized certification procedure

Application Form
Recertification Form
Request for special accommodations
Appeals Form
Recertification Tracking Form
Annual Continuing Competence Review

APPLYING FOR CERTIFICATION
For applying you should download application form and send filled application to the OCI official e-mail [email protected], along with the confirmation of fee payment and copies of passport (ID) and high school diploma
BEFORE APPLYING
  • Review Candidate handbook. There you'll find all necessary information about certification process. Review requirements to candidates and make self-test of your compliance with established requirements
  • Open California Institute, together with certified personal trainers strives to establish and maintain high standards of ethical and professional conduct of fitness specialists when providing services. That is why we expect all candidates to adhere the Code of Ethics.
  • Review Non-discrimination policy. Open California Institute does not violate the rights based on race, religion, skin color, gender, sexual identity, age, national and ethnic background, disabilities and physical defects.
  • Job Analysis Report 2016. Job Analysis was conducted in 2017.
AFTER APPLYING
  • Review examination dates. You will be informed about a date and a place of examination delivery by the phone or e-mail
  • Prepare to the exam
  • Come to the exam at the fixed time.
CONTENT DOMAIN
ANATOMY 4%
  • Anatomy of exercise
  • Changes in the skeletal and myofascial system under the influence of physical activity.
  • Local and global changes that may occur due to insufficient stabilizing of ligaments and muscles
PHYSIOLOGY 11%
  • Short- and long-term effects of exercise on the cardiovascular and respiratory systems
  • Endocrine system
  • Hormonal regulation of carbohydrate, protein and fat metabolism
  • The role of the CNS in receiving input from the sense organs and receptors and providing feedback via the motor neurons of the PNS
  • Muscular System
  • Developmental physiology and unique physiologic considerations of older adults, persons with diabetes (type 2), pregnant women, and persons who are overweight and/or obese
BIOMECHANICS 2%
  • Biomechanical analysis of exercises (assessment of biomechanical efficiency for the range of motion, work calculation)
THEORY & METHOD OF SPORTS & HEALTH TRAINING 8%
  • Aerobic and anaerobic energy systems in muscular activity
  • Power zones. Influence of exercise duration on energy metabolism
SAFETY, INJURY PREVENTION AND EMERGENCY PROCEDURES 10%
  • Conduct assessments of the exercise space, equipment, and environment in order identify potential hazards and undertake necessary modifications to provide a safe environment for clients
  • The cause for the injuries, including those related to excessive load and incorrect exercises technique
  • Determine the extent of affection, normal and pathological reactions and choose the right action sequences
  • Differ the signs and symptoms of diabetic coma and insulin shock, and provide first aid
  • CPR
  • Use an AED
  • Provide first aid for bleeding
  • Provide first aid for wounds and fractures
CLIENT INTERVIEWS & ASSESSMENT 17%
  • Identification the need for medical clearance and referrals
  • Main health risk factors caused by sedentary lifestyle, poor diet, bad habits, stress, etc.
  • Desirable levels of total cholesterol, HDLs and LDLs in the body, their ratio
  • Advantages and disadvantages of various data collection techniques
  • Body composition assessments
  • Fitness level assessments
  • Assessment of resting and exercise hemodynamics. ECG assessment and heart attack symptoms detection
  • Document client-related data using a secure record-keeping system in accordance with legal and regulatory requirements to maintain confidentiality
  • Benefits healthy lifestyle
PROGRAM DESIGN 14%
  • Frequency, Intensity, Time, and Type (FITT)
  • Training program components adaptation to unique physical and psychological qualities of the client
  • Selecting appropriate training methods according to the functional capacity of the individual
  • Selecting exercise sequence depending on the fitness level
  • Determining the training session scope
NUTRITION & WEIGHT MANAGEMENT 13%
  • Professional boundaries of CPT in providing healthy eating information
  • Substrates (protein, fat, carbohydrate) contribution to daily energy expenditure depending on the physical activity type
  • Nutrition guidelines for body weight management (loss, gain)
  • Diet analysis. Risks associated with using special diets and inappropriate weight loss, gain or maintenance methods
  • Protein intake norms depending on the physical activity type and level
  • Carbohydrates intake norms depending on the physical activity type and level
  • Fat intake norms
  • Norms of fluid intake
  • Norms of fiber intake
PROGRAM IMPLEMENTATION 11%
  • Methods of teaching movement actions. Exercise progression and adaptation depending on the unique qualities of the client
  • Principles of body weight, strength machine, cardio equipment and free weight workouts
  • Analysis of movement actions (parameters and purpose) to ensure effectiveness and safety
  • Adapting a planned training session to the client's current physical condition
  • Understanding the client's subjective and objective feedback. Ability to detect symptoms of
  • fatigue, overtraining, latent illnesses, injuries
EFFECTIVE MANAGEMENT OF TRAINING PROGRAMS 11%
  • Effective communication with clients in order to develop rapport and involve them into regular training process (ability to build individual rapport with different types of clients, ability to listen to and understand the client, ability to express own ideas clearly and to manage emotional state)
  • Establishing, re-assessing and coordinating with the client short- and long-term goals and reasonable timelines for reaching them, taking into account age, fitness level, and unique physical and psychological qualities of the client
  • Major health behavior theories (e.g., stages of change, behavioral change theory, transtheoretical model, health belief model)
  • Skills of effective customer care
  • Ability to properly present the training program to the client, taking into account his/her
  • unique physical and psychological qualities
  • Integrated evaluation of the training session (trainer's actions) effectiveness
  • Training session review and modification depending on the client's progress
PREREQUISITE REQUIREMENTS
  • Age of 18
  • High school diploma
  • Valid CPR
CONFIRMATION OF REGISTRATION
Once you have applied and paid the registration fee, you'll get confirmation of registration on your e-mail. Once you have been approved, you are responsible for scheduling an appointment to take the examination.
PRICE
Standard personal trainer certification 300$
RECERTIFICATION
The OCI Certified Personal Trainer must fulfill regular, continuing education requirements to ensure they are keeping up with industry research. A certification is valid for two (2) years following the issuance date of the certification
THE GOAL OF RECERTIFICATION
The goal of periodical recertification is documented proof of CPT professional growth, competency confirmation and possession of high standards for certified trainer.
RECERTIFICATION POLICY
The OCI Certified Personal Trainer must fulfill regular, continuing education requirements to ensure they are keeping up with industry research. A certification is valid for two (2) years following the issuance date of the certification

For applying CPT should provide
  • Recertification application form
  • Continuing education form
  • Continuing education confirmation
  • CPT preceding certificate
  • Valid CPR certificate
  • Recertification fee payment (40$)
RECERTIFICATION REQUIREMENTS
CPT can apply for recertification no later than 1 month before the end of recertification period. If CPT doesn't apply for recertification, their need to take certification exam again. OCI maintains information about certified trainers and next certification date, but we strongly urge you to monitor date of your next recertification and apply in advance.
OBTAINING CONTINUING EDUCATION CREDITS (CECS)
In order to recertify, you must complete continuing education, complete the recertification application and pay the recertification fee. The OCI CPT must provide proof of at least 20 CECs (20 credit hours) of study every two years. Excess CECs earned in one Recertification Period cannot be applied to the next Recertification Period
DOCUMENTS REVIEW AND DECISION
Documents provided by specialists for entering the OCI Register and being awarded the corresponding status, are sent to the members of the Committee for review and making decision. The OCI Committee reviews the provided documents and makes decision about recertification or denial of recertification. The decision is effective after the confirmation by the Chairman of the Committee. Time for consideration and making a decision is 30 days from getting a complete package of documents from the Specialist.
CONTENT DOMAIN
CECs will only be approved if the education content covered specifically improves knowledge or skills in any one or more of the following areas:
ANATOMY & EXERCISES PHISIOLOGY

  • Applying the knowledge of the musculoskeletal, the cardio-respiratory and the energy system to programme design
  • Applying the knowledge of related physiological concepts to programme design
FUNDAMENTALS OF KINESIOLOGY
Applying the knowledge of the biomechanical concepts as they relate to movement and exercise to programme design
THEORY & METHODS
Applying the knowledge of the training adaptations to programme design
SAFETY, INJURY PREVENTION AND EMERGENCY PROCEDURES
  • Best practices in the field of injury prevention, methods for evaluating the risks and danger level of external and internal factors during the organization and delivering the training sessions
  • Assess and minimise risks before the session
  • Precautions that should be used during sessions with pregnant women, the elderly people, weakened people and young adolescences
FITNESS ASSESSMENT

  • Methods of data collection and analysis, aimed at identifying the current state of health (in cooperation with a medical professional), the degree of readiness of a person to physical activity, the level of fitness, nutrition and physical activity, common signs and symptoms of excessive stress and other health risks
PROGRAM DESIGN

  • How to program training sessions concerning lifestyle, goals, medical history, activity experience and fitness, motivation and readiness to participate in the systematic motor activity, the individual features of functional and motor systems.
  • Training programs design for the purpose of muscle gain
  • Programming for strength and strength endurance
  • Programming for flexibility
  • Programming for general endurance and cardiorespiratory system development
  • Programming for special endurance in the chosen specialization
  • Programming for special groups (pregnant women, the elderly, children, diabetes, osteoporosis, diseases of locomotor system, cardiovascular system and respiratory system)
NUTRITION & WEIGHT MANAGEMENT
  • Develop programs to help optimize the weight and body composition
  • Sport Nutrition
EFFECTIVE MANAGEMENT OF TRAINING PROGRAMS
  • Basic concepts of a healthy lifestyle promotion and the role of physical activity in clients quality of life
  • Effective ways to establish rapport with clients
  • Effective goal setting
ANNUAL STATISTICS REPORT
This report provides statistical data for Personal Trainer certification program, administrated by Open California Institute Certification Board from January 1 to December 31, 2017. The exams were administrated during 2017. The exams were conducted via Internet-based test monitored by authorized proctor.

  1. Annual Statistic Report
  2. Cut score establishment
  3. Statistical report on the new examination

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