NASM Certified Personal Trainer (CPT) bridging course

About the CPT Bridging Course
The NASM® CPT Bridging Course has been developed as a ‘conversion course’ for personal trainers that hold the Active IQ Level 3 Certificate in Personal Training (or an equivalent qualification) that are looking to discover the power behind the NASM® Optimum Performance Training (OPT™) model.

OPT™ virtually eliminates programming and program design guesswork for any fitness, sports performance, or sports medicine professional, and provides undisputed results specific to individual needs and goals.

What does the CPT Bridging Course include?
Using the evidence based OPT™ model, learners will discover how to accelerate every client towards any goal. With these skills, learners will become a qualified solutions-expert that clients will come back to time and time again.

The CPT Bridging course covers the following objectives:

  • Introduction to the NASM OPT™ Model
  • Integrated Assessment
  • Principles of Flexibility Training
  • Principles of Core/Balance/Reactive/SAQ Training
  • Principles of Resistance Training
  • Fundamentals of OPT™ Program Design.

How is the CPT Bridging Course delivered?
The course is delivered over two days via an interactive workshop that will allow learners to understand the highly-acclaimed, evidence-based approach that is OPT™.

At the centre of the OPT™ model is a thorough kinetic chain assessment, and during the workshops, learners will have the opportunity to explore the head-to-toe fitness assessment that is the ‘Overhead Squat’ – a systematic approach that evaluates an individual’s strengths and weaknesses in the areas of posture, movement, strength, and flexibility. The outcomes of assessment can then be used to design highly effective, periodised programmes through systematic application of flexibility, core, balance, reactive, SAQ and resistance training techniques.

Workshops are supplemented with study via the NASM® eLearning Center, where students will have access to presentations, quizzes and practice exams.

Course format:

  • Two day workshop format
  • NASM eLearning platform providing access to abridged study material and a practice exam.


  • NASM online theory exam (multiple choice)
  • Summative assessment (written and observed).

Active IQ is a NASM® Authorised Representative.