This week, I’m starting to review for the Canfitpro Personal Training Specialist Exam. I’m planning to take the exam about 3 weeks from now, so I hope I’d be able to cover the topics that I need to study.
Should I take the Canfitpro Personal Trainer Exam? Earlier this year, I tried to apply as a Pilates Instructor and Personal Trainer in a premium gym. I am certified in Stott Pilates, which is recognized internationally and has its headquarters in Toronto. I also took up additional courses in Stott Pilates and I am experienced in teaching both one-on-one and group matwork Pilates and I thought it would be sufficient for my credentials. I was also confident of my 5 years of experience in the field of Sports Science – in the fitness industry and coaching in a well-known running school in the Philippines, so I was expecting to make it. But then I realized how important certifications are in Canada, so now I have to be patiently studying and preparing for the exam. I’m hoping to get the CSCS- Certified Strength and Conditioning Specialist certification under the National Strength and Conditioning Association (NSCA) in the nearby future. The exams for the CSCS in Canada is held only twice to thrice a year, and this year there won’t be any schedule near Toronto until June. I want to start my career in the fitness industry and I hope that getting the Canfitpro PTS certification would be the right first step toward my goals.
To review for the course, I borrowed the Foundations of Professional Personal Training book and the study guide from my sister-in-law who is taking up Kinesiology. I am hoping that I’d still be able to dig up some stored knowledge from my 5-year Sports Science degree in the Philippines which was nearly 6 years ago.
Thankfully, some resources can be found in the internet if you search diligently enough. Canfitpro even provides their own sample exam in their website. The best review guide for the Canfitpro Personal Training Specialist exam that I’ve found so far is from www.cram.com. The website contains 202 flashcards for review and also has a sample exam for the written exam. I found the reviewer at cram.com very helpful to prepare me for the 100 points of multiple choices in the canfitpro written exam. You just have to be prepared for a few surprise questions like “#105-What is the meaning of Life?” which I guess were placed strategically to wake you up while reviewing!
As an alternative, you can download a cheaper Study Guide for Foundations of Personal Training at Amazon with free shipping. You can choose to buy a new one if you prefer, or a used one which is around $15 less. In any case, the new one from Amazon is still a bit cheaper compared to ordering from directly from canfitpro. For me, I’m starting to read the Foundations of Professional Personal Training while trying the exam from cram.com once in a while. After reading the book, I’ll start with the study guide.
Hopefully, 3 weeks are enough for me to get ready!