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