What is the National Board of Fitness Examiners (NBFE)

The NBFE was founded in 2003 as a non-profit organization for two principal purposes. First, the NBFE will address and define a series of prescribed scopes of practice for all fitness professionals. Second, the NBFE will determine the standards of practice for various fitness professionals, including floor instructors, group exercise instructors, general personal trainers, specialists in areas such as youth and senior fitness, and medical exercise specialists.

What are National Board Exams?

The National Board Exams will be a set of standardized tests that are now being developed by the NBFE with input from the fitness industry and in conjunction with LaserGrade and leading assessment experts. The National Boards may be used by various certification organizations, colleges and universities, state licensing programs, and others to test the knowledge, skill and competence of fitness professionals.

Because the National Boards will be standardized, all candidates will be tested for the same knowledge and skills regardless of the certifying organizations educational / certification program they complete. Once a fitness professional passes the National Boards, he or she will be eligible for registration with the NBFE as an NBFE Registered PFT, that is, National Board of Fitness Examiners Registered Personal Fitness Trainer.

If a state licensing program adopts the National Boards as its licensing exam, then a fitness professional who takes and passes the National Boards will have satisfied that states requirement to take and pass a licensing examination.

To Pre-Register for the NBFE Personal Fitness Trainer Examination click here.


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