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How can I host a CrossFit Certificate Course at my gym?

Which trainer credentials does CrossFit offer?

Level Credential (Abbreviation) Associated Courses or Exam
1 CrossFit Level 1 Trainer (CF-L1) Level 1 Certificate Course and Exam
2 CrossFit Level 2 Trainer (CF-L2) Level 2 Certificate Course and Exam
3 Certified CrossFit Level 3 Trainer (CF-L3) Certified CrossFit Trainer (CCFT) Exam
4 Certified CrossFit Level 4 Coach (CF-L4) CrossFit Coach Performance Evaluation

The Certified CrossFit Trainer (CCFT) credential is an additional offering, which is earned by meeting eligibility requirements and passing the Certified CrossFit Trainer (CCFT) examination.

What are the prerequisites for each level of credential?

Level 1
None.

Level 2
Required:
• Current CF-L1

Recommended:
• At least six months of experience training individuals and groups using CrossFit methods
• Completion of the Online Lesson Planning Course
• Completion of the Online Scaling Course
• Completion of the Online Spot the Flaw Course

Level 3
Required:
• Current CF-L2
• 750 hours of CrossFit coaching experience
• Current CPR certificate

Level 4
Required:
• Current CF-L3

CCFT
Path 1:
• Current CF-L2
• 750 hours of CrossFit coaching experience
• Current CPR certificate

Path 2:
• 1,500 hours of general physical preparedness (GPP) coaching at the collegiate or professional level
• Current CPR certificate

Once a credential is earned, how is it maintained?

Level 1—Repeat the two-day course and pass the Level 1 exam every five years.

Level 2—Repeat the two-day course, and in applicable locations pass the Level 2 exam, every five years.

Level 3—Maintain current CPR certificate. Every three years, acquire 50 continuing-education units (CEUs) and 300 coaching hours.

Level 4—Maintain current CPR certificate. Every three years, acquire 50 continuing-education units (CEUs) and 300 coaching hours.

CCFT—Maintain current CPR certificate. Every three years, acquire 50 continuing-education units (CEUs) and 300 coaching hours.

What can those who achieve the CCFT (versus the CF-L3) do with the credential?

Individuals with the CCFT credential may train others using CrossFit methods. The CCFT designation alone cannot be used to apply for CrossFit affiliation, nor does it allow for the use of the CrossFit name for business or promotional purposes. Successful completion of a Level 1 Certificate Course is required to apply for affiliation. CCFTs without a current CF-L2 may not call themselves CF-L3s, nor can they apply for the Performance Evaluation to attain the CF-L4.

How do I use my credential?

This is the title or designation that you can use after your name on an email signature, resume, or bio on a website. Designations must be formatted according to one of the two examples shown below for each level.
Level 1:
John Smith, CF-L1
John Smith, CrossFit Level 1 Trainer
Level 2:
John Smith, CF-L2
John Smith, CrossFit Level 2 Trainer
Level 3:
John Smith, CF-L3
John Smith, Certified CrossFit Level 3 Trainer
Level 4:
John Smith, CF-L4
John Smith, Certified CrossFit Level 4 Coach
CCFT:
John Smith, CCFT
John Smith, Certified CrossFit Trainer

Where can I find the Trainer Directory to verify CrossFit trainers?

Where can I find out more about each credential?

Which credential is necessary for CrossFit affiliation?

The minimum required credential to apply for affiliation is the CF-L1 (attend the Level 1 Certificate Course, pass the test and maintain the credential). Since 2002, the Level 1 has served as the first step for a CrossFit trainer. It is an introductory course that provides a comprehensive review of the core concepts and methodology of CrossFit along with an introduction to CrossFit culture and community. It is an important experience for anyone seeking affiliation with CrossFit.

Where can I find CrossFit courses?

Here or here.

What are the current costs* of each credential?

CF-L1
$1,000 (includes one test attempt), and \$150 for each test attempt thereafter within one year of course attendance
• For those who return every five years to maintain their CF-L1 status, the cost is \$500 and includes one test attempt.
• If individuals let their CF-L1 expire, cost increases to \$1,000 to revalidate.

ƒCF-L2
$1,000 (includes one test attempt, where required), and \$150 for each test attempt thereafter within one year of course attendance
• For those who return every five years to maintain their CF-L2 status, the cost is \$1,000 and includes one test attempt.
• If individuals let their CF-L2 expire, they must attend the CrossFit Level 1 Certificate Course and pass the Level 1 test prior to being eligible to attend the Level 2 Certificate Course.

CF-L3
$150 application and \$500 exam fee

CF-L4
$1,250

*Prices listed are current as of this posting. CrossFit reserves the right to update pricing at any time. Pricing is applicable at the time course registration is opened. Applicable local taxes are additional.

Which credentials allow me to say “I am certified”?

Only those with the CF-L3, CF-L4 and/or CCFT credentials can say they are “certified” trainers (CF-L3, CCFT) or coaches (CF-L4). Refer to question 5 for titles you can use with a Level 1 or Level 2 credential.

The use of the words “certified” or “certified trainer/coach” in relation to the CF-L1 or CF-L2 is a misrepresentation of the credential and therefore a violation of the CrossFit Trainer License Agreement.

Is there a curriculum test for the CF-L2, as there is for the CF-L1?

In January 2018, a Level 2 exam was added to the Level 2 Certificate Course. In applicable locations, passing the Level 2 exam is a requirement to obtain the CrossFit Level 2 Trainer (CF-L2) credential for any individual who attends the Level 2 Course on or after Jan. 1, 2018. Please see the Level 2 Participant Handbook for more details.

What if I hold an L1, 2, 3 or “Coach” credential from before 2008?

These credentials are no longer valid and must be updated by taking the current associated courses and tests.

What if I have the Coaches Prep Course Certificate?

The Coaches Prep Course (CPC) was renamed the Level 2 Certificate Course. Anyone with a CPC Trainer Certificate automatically holds a Level 2 Trainer Certificate, and this credential is valid for five years from the date of attendance. These individuals can use the CF-L2 designation and will be recognized as such in the Trainer Directory, as long as the credential is kept current or a higher level credential has not been achieved. A current, valid Level 2 credential (CF-L2) is also a prerequisite for the CF-L3.

Which credential is held by those who passed the former Level 2 performance test offered from January 2008 to January 2010?

Individuals who passed the former Level 2 performance test will be granted the CF-L2 credential. To maintain CF-L2 status, they must repeat the course every five years.

To obtain higher-level credentials, these individuals may apply to take the CCFT examination. Passing the CCFT exam automatically grants those who passed the former Level 2 performance exam the CF-L3 and CF-L4 credentials. To maintain the CF-L4 status, they must meet the same recertification requirements as the CF-L3.

Which credentials are accredited?

The Level 1 is an ANSI-accredited certificate course and the CCFT is an ANSI-accredited certification program.

Which courses or exams are available in languages other than English?

The default language for all courses and exams is English.

At the present time, the Level 1 Certificate Course, Level 1 exam, Level 2 Certificate Course and Level 2 exam are available in additional languages. Certain countries, primarily in Europe, Latin America and Asia, have a translator during the course. When translators will be available, this information will be noted on the event registration page. See Section 3.3 of the Level 1 Participant Handbook or Level 2 Participant Handbook for more information regarding language accommodations.

It is our intention to offer the higher-level courses, materials or exams in additional languages. However, there is a thorough process for translating our materials, especially tests, due to the necessity to maintain security and accuracy. We are excited by the international growth of CrossFit and appreciate your patience as we work to provide additional language offerings.

What is the distinction between a “Certificate Course” and a “Certification”?

According to American National Standards Institute (ANSI) standards, providing course work, training and education toward the attainment of the knowledge being tested constitutes a curriculum-based “certificate program.” The Level 1 Certificate Course is exactly that. Over the course of two days, CrossFit staff review the conceptual framework of CrossFit methodology and its foundational movements, and participants are then tested on this material. Passing the test demonstrates that the individual learned the material taught at the course.If there is only an assessment (e.g., an exam) of an individual’s current skills or knowledge gained from an entire body of knowledge across a given profession and professional experience, it is a “certification.” This is the proper designation for the CCFT and CrossFit Coach Performance Evaluation. Individuals are tested on their capabilities across the profession of CrossFit training. Although a certification has eligibility requirements, a scope and defined parameters, no single course prepares participants for the exam. Instead, passing the exam demonstrates knowledge across a profession. Anything that is within the stated scope of the certification may be tested. More information regarding certificate programs versus certifications can be found here.

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