Continuing Professional Development (CPD) is the ongoing learning process a Certified Trainer employs to advance professional knowledge, skills and abilities beyond minimum requirements. This ongoing learning process is accomplished by activities such as attending seminars, courses or lectures; attending coaching workshops, or participating in advisory panels.
It is expected that through the CPD process, trainers will develop goals and follow individualized learning plans to ensure that they meet and exceed the standard of practice in the fitness industry. Appropriate CPD activities are empirically based (i.e., have some practical application and are not purely theoretical), relevant and applicable to improving fitness and health as defined by CrossFit, presented by a qualified source or instructor who is in good standing with CrossFit, LLC, and free from commercial bias.
Certificants are required to complete 50 Continuing Education Units (CEUs) of approved professional-development activities within the three category types.
View Professional-Development Activity Types
See the Candidate Handbook for a complete description of each category and complete instructions on how to receive credit for each course or activity.
The Certified CrossFit Coach (CCFC) performance evaluation is a one-day assessment of a trainer
The Level 1 Certificate Course is an introduction to CrossFit's methodology and foundational movements.
The Level 2 Certificate Course is an intermediate-level seminar that builds on the concepts and movements introduced at the Level 1 certificate course.
The online CrossFit Kids Certificate Course provides specific methods for teaching CrossFit to children and adolescents.
The online Level 1 Course is a temporary offering, developed in response to global constraints related to COVID-19.
This assessment is the final stage in completing the CrossFit Level 2 Certificate Course. If you have already completed the in-person course, sign in with your CrossFit ID email to access the assessment.
The CrossFit Masters course presents a practical method for applying CrossFit to masters athletes and takes into account how age, fitness, goals and injury state interact to create different coaching challenges and scenarios.
The CrossFit Judges Course offers an introduction to the skills the CrossFit Judge will use during any competition.
The CrossFit Programming Course introduces the fundamental skills needed to create CrossFit workouts, design a basic program, and evaluate its effectiveness.
Learn why and how dumbbells will be a valuable addition to your training.
The Anatomy Course provides information on basic anatomical terms, and offers an introduction to the structure and mechanics of the major joints of the human body.
Develop the ability to analyze commonly used movements, including weightlifting, gymnastics, and monostructural modalities.
The Scaling Course reinforces the skills a CrossFit trainer will use when modifying workouts for their athletes.
The Lesson Planning Course introduces and improves the skills necessary to accurately plan a lesson for
CrossFit group-training sessions.
The Running Course is designed for anyone looking to learn and improve their basic running technique.
The courses below are not administered by CrossFit Inc. They are third-party courses which have met the standards to offer training for the purpose of professional development and are authorized to grant CEUs for CrossFit recertification requirements.
The Active Life Coach Immersion course is a 13 week live meeting, virtual experience which allows coaches to learn the methodology of Active Life Rx. We stand by the saying "it's more than programming" as we dive deep into the mindset of the athlete, talk sales strategy, monetization, and training for longevity. Every week, a meeting will be held on line, and recorded if you miss a week. The course is led by Dr. Ray Gorman, DPT for the tactical and programming portions as well as Dr. Sean Pastuch, DC for the sales and workshop integration. This course will leave you with actionable assignments weekly!
Reduce injury and increase performance in your athletes. This two day course will help set your gym apart from the rest by teaching you the practical application of Active Life's extensive movement assessment. This course is interactive, attendees will be asked to drill and repeat the assessments until they are competent in all of them. Coaches who complete this course routinely report better membership retention and a happier, healthier community. Dozens of CrossFit Games Athletes trust Active Life to keep them performing at their best, so should you.
What makes a World-Class CrossFit Affiliate? In the words of Greg Glassman, it is “The blind, constant and relentless pursuit of excellence.” This one-day seminar will explore the best practices that the world’s best affiliates use everyday, and show coaches, managers, owners and prospective owners how to use these practices to create excellence in their Affiliates.
Creating a community of integrity and excellence;
Hiring, training and paying coaches;
Affiliate branding vs. advertising;
Affiliate organization and management.
This 8-week online course is an introduction to the anatomical basis of movement. Students will learn anthropometry applied to coaching, cellular anatomy, bone & joint anatomy, cardiac anatomy, pulmonary anatomy, anatomy of adipose, and the anatomy of balance and coordination. This is a completely online course available on any internet capacitant device.
Anatomy 2 is a directed study of the human body that builds on the concepts from Anatomy 1. Specifically the muscles, bones, tendons, and ligaments relevant to exercise and fitness are considered, including practical applications of that knowledge towards understanding exercise and fitness gain. A regionalized study approach, from the ground up, is utilized. Topics include the foot and ankle, the knee, the hip, the axial skeleton and related structures, the shoulder, the elbow, and the wrist and hand.
This free course will educate gym owners and coaches on how to integrate a nutrition program into a gym. This course covers three main areas:
1) how to integrate nutrition coaching into the culture of your gym; 2) how to build meaningful relationships to improve client engagement and retention; and 3) how to customize your approach when working with nutrition clients.
By adding a nutrition coaching program, you will improve your member’s results, increase retention, and add a revenue stream.
Healthy Steps Nutrition & HSN Consulting
All commercial and community fitness practices are, at their root, businesses. As such the fitness practitioner must be familiar with the concepts of modern fitness commerce, must possess the personal and interpersonal skills requisite to any client based operation, and must have a functional knowledge of basic business skills. The overarching objective of this course is to introduce the student to the elements of effective business practice relative to the fitness industry.
Come spend two days at CrossFit New England and see firsthand what it takes to build a Center of Excellence.
The seminar is a one-day intensive program designed to introduce coaches to the intricacies of working with and adapting programming for athletes with varying physical constraints. It is a hands-on workshop where facilities owners/managers, coaches and athletes will have the opportunity to work with adaptive athletes, design their own workout to accommodate an adaptive athlete, and understand assessing adaptation needs through practice. The seminar also covers best practices in communication with adaptive athletes and design and implementation of appropriate assessment protocols.
Crossroads Adaptive Athletic Alliance
Diesel Days are an instructional and experiential learning event that places participants in a 24 - 32 hour adversity challenge which puts into practice the psychological strategies of 'Checking In w/ the Left Hand™. During the event, participants will be challenged emotionally, physically, and spiritually as they are put to the test against their own limitations of endurance, physical capacity, self doubt and experience. They will have the opportunity to build psychological skills and establish response patterns to help manage adversity and achieve when their unconscious is tempting them to settle for disappointment. Activities will be endurance and strength based, while reinforcing the concepts of threshold training (effort) and scaling to preserve stimulus. During the entire evolution participants will be given personal coaching/cueing and group correction and instruction.
This self-paced, online course is designed to help coaches and leaders maximize their potential. The program is designed to help you improve your mental performance and enhance your ability to COACH the mental side of sport, WODs, fitness and life. The program will help you achieve more success, develop stronger relationships, and have greater impact in all of your roles. Whether you're a box owner, athlete, coach, CEO or manager, you'll be drastically more effective if you're able to positively change the mindsets of those around you. It starts with you improving your own mind and then learning how to lead others towards optimizing their health, fitness and performance. Each segment of the course provides you with a nugget of information and a drill, mental challenge, reflection, or journal prompt.
This is a presentation of the underpinning concepts relative to the biological functions of the body during and after acute and chronic exercise (during a training session and as a result of repeated training sessions). Topics include: Physiological Adaptation, Genetic Concepts, Redefining Health, Wellness and Fitness, Muscle Contraction, Metabolism and Diet, Bioenergetics, Muscular Adaptations to Exercise, Cardiopulmonary Function and Adaptation, and Endocrine Function and Adaptation.
Yoga can be an excellent ancillary training methodology for contributing to fitness. Its effects on range of motion, local muscular endurance, and health are well documented. In this course Yoga has been dissected down into a strictly physical presentation, specifically relevant to the fitness professions - yoga with a purely physical bent. The course lifts the veil on what yoga is and what it is not. Start developing the teaching skills that allow you to bring improved range of motion and the other benefits of yoga into your gym. This course presents an objective scientific analysis of how yoga affects fitness and health. It provides a systematic and step-by-step approach to teaching yoga that compliments and enhances a broadly based approach to fitness training.
This course is designed to provide learners with underpinning knowledge and competency to devise and implement health screening strategies within the fitness industry. It introduces the student to the knowledge and skills required to devise and implement a health screening strategy to identify individuals who may or may not participate in exercise without medical advice or supervision.
Are you looking to expand your nutrition program to kids and teens?
In this training course, you will learn how to provide nutrition coaching to kids, teens, and families. The creators of this kids course have over 40 years of experience working with kids, teens, and families.
After graduating from this course, you will understand how to build a kids nutrition program, how to build a coaching program for families, and how to set up partnerships with athletic teams and schools.
This is an advanced course for students who have graduated from the main HSN Mentoring Nutrition Coach & Business Training Course.
HSN Mentoring - Grow Your Nutrition Business
During the HSN Mentoring- Business Growth Stage, it is essential to analyze areas of strength, opportunities for growth, and set goals for the next month. The growth stage focuses on strategic developmental strategies each month that will continue to grow the program and lead clients to their goals. By participating in monthly mentoring calls and the HSN Planning Workshop, affiliates will identify at least two growth strategies to apply for the following month. Pre-requisite course: HSN Mentoring - Training Course 3.0. This course will be 2 CEUs per month.
The HSN Mentoring- Training Course sets the foundation for building a nutrition business within your CrossFit affiliate. The course focuses on the internal processes and procedures required for an effective nutrition coaching system that leads to results with your clients. The intention of the course is twofold: To develop a profitable nutrition business within your existing structure and to provide nutrition clients with the coaching they need to build lifelong healthy habits. During this course, the participant will work one-on-one with a senior HSN Mentor to individualize the system and process for that facility.
The intent of the Mental Strength Coaching Certificate Program is to provide personal fitness trainers, strength and conditioning coaches, athletic trainers and coaches the tools necessary to help them get the most out of their clients.
This training is designed for coaches and trainers who want to:
Work more effectively with peak performers and teach them the mental skills to enhance their performance;
Uncover mental obstacles, develop strategies to overcome them and to instill confidence, focus, and composure in the individuals they coach;
Utilize mental strength coaching with their clients to help them triumph over mental obstacles that have been holding them back; Supplement their studies with proven mental strength strategies and an effective mental strength training system.
Warrior Mind Coach
The chronic and persistent nature of human diseases, brought on by the "carbs and the couch," require a specific and strategic approach to training coaches, teachers, medical personnel, and other helping professionals on the evidence based practices used in mental healthcare settings. This course teaches its participants the points of performance relative to the application of Motivational Interviewing and the Transtheoretical Stages of change. Emphasis is placed on the practical application of these "best practices" through a group and individual experiential environment. We ultimately want our trainees to be able to have the "uncomfortable conversations" that are necessary for change to occur in day to day interaction with their clients, athletes, and among the members of their staff.
This course is intended to teach the fundamentals of effective nutrition. Participants will understand the reasoning and science behind weighing and measuring food and have a deep understanding of the three macronutrients, especially how the body uses each macronutrient for fuel.
In addition, participants will learn how to implement proper nutrition protocols for themselves as well as new clients based on their readiness state.
Power Monkey Camp is a week-long training and educational clinic plus fun competition for adults of all levels, featuring some of the world’s top coaches and athletes from Gymnastics, Weightlifting, and much more. This camp is for any adult looking to improve their understanding of gymnastics, weightlifting, jumping rope, rowing, nutrition, strength/weakness imbalances, mobility, flexibility, physical therapy (prehab/rehab) and much more. Along with the in gym training, there are a variety of outside activities available; swimming in a 32-acre lake, 5-mile running trail through the woods, ropes course, etc.
Power Monkey Fitness
Power Monkey Camp Online is a fun and informative self-paced online course designed to mimic the education and experience you receive at Power Monkey Camp. Users are guided through in-depth class sessions built around gymnastics, weightlifting and aerobic capacity modalities to improve their skills as an athlete and coach. The skills covered are technique-focused, but broken down in a way that all are able to learn and apply to their training. Additional sessions include lectures based on nutrition, sleep, mindset, and programming from high level coaches, athletes, and Olympians.
Power Monkey Camp Online
19 comprehensive modules based on evolutionary health science will teach you how to reprogram genes to direct optimal cellular function. You’ll learn how to best coach clients toward lifelong functional fitness, efficient fat burning, and moderated insulin production. You’ll discover how to break through weight loss plateaus and exercise for optimal health. You’ll gain a complete understanding of the best-to-worst spectrum of food choices and how to help clients implement lifestyle behaviors that support their health and wellness goals. You’ll strengthen the coach-client bond with a practical approach to securing clients, structuring sessions, asking questions, and motivating transformation.
Primal Health Coach LLC
This is an abbreviated version of the the full Primal Health Coach Certificate Course. This is the first 13 chapters and provides a certificate of completion. There is no coaching certification exam. It is a content expert course only.
This seminar is for athletes, coaches and trainers of all ages that want to get better at rowing, build a bigger engine and improve their mental game.
The main takeaway from this seminar is that rowing is much more than just a movement tested in competitive fitness and CrossFit™ competitions. It is a tool that can build your aerobic capacity when integrated into a structured and progressive training programme. It is also an invaluable tool to test an athlete’s mindset and to build mental toughness, which crosses over into so much more than rowing.
This course introduces the student to the knowledge and skills required to recognize common gym workplace Health & Safety (US OSHA or UK HSE) issues, perform gym safety surveys, and to find and follow relevant statutory requirements and official guidance for maintaining a safe gym environment for employees and clients. The materials presented help trainers and gym owners operate in compliance with relevant regulations and limit legal exposure.
A two day seminar course balancing physical and theoretical training. The aim is to learn and experience first-hand each key principle, practice and philosophy underpinning StrongFit's unique and radical training methodology.
Covering everything you'll need to know about analysing weaknesses, finding your key-log and training for both general health, through to elite performance; you'll get up close and personal with Julien's favourite training tools (yokes, sleds, ropes, prowlers and sandbags) and learn how best to use them in your own training and when coaching others.
Coaches Week expands on the concepts, principles and theories ﬁrst presented in the StrongFit seminar. It is an intensive, interactive educational experience focused on assessments, theories, methods and exercises of the Movement Specialist Field. You will work directly with Julien Pineau for five days in an intimate setting to learn educational concepts unique to StrongFit as well as how to conduct an evaluation and recommend next steps to positively affect their issues and injuries.
PREREQUISITES: StrongFit Seminar
This immersive course is designed to help healthcare providers and fitness professionals learn about the TB12 approach to performance and recovery. It will provide an introduction to the TB12 lifestyle, outline the key principles and components of a TB12 treatment session and discuss methods for integrating these concepts into clinical care. Our approach to performance and recovery integrates revolutionary concepts of tissue pliability, hydration, nutrition, functional strength & conditioning, and cognitive fitness. This unique approach to performance and recovery will help you improve client outcomes.
Endurance training has a broad set of applications in achieving fitness goals and in improving workplace productivity. Endurance is not just jogging, it is much more than that and improving it requires specific programming approaches but can be accomplished using many different types of exercise. The concept of using diverse exercises to induce adaptations in multiple elements of fitness is one of the most important and popular means of training available. It is imperative that a professional fitness trainer be competent in instructing, integrating, and programming many types of exercise. The premise of this course is to acquire or refine a set of skills relative to teaching and programming exercise, that when employed induce the anatomical and physiological adaptations that lead to an improvement in fitness.
Strength training and running are the two primary activities in which most customers of commercial fitness operations will participate. Over 50,000,000 people in the UK and USA will exercise by running each year and another 50,000,000 will train with weights as a primary exercise modality. This popularity underscores the importance and marketability of possessing teaching and programming skills in strength training and running. They are requisite to all exercise professions. The premise of this course is to acquire or refine a set of skills relative to teaching and programming exercise, that when employed induce the anatomical and physiological adaptations that lead to an improvement in fitness.
Growth Stage is ongoing monthly mentorship for gym owners who have completed the RampUp/Incubator training. This includes a one-hour monthly call with a Two-Brain Business Mentor, unlimited access to the Two-Brain Business Roadmap and unlimited access to the private group of Two-Brain Business gym owners. In the growth stage, gym owners set annual goals with their mentor, and develop their client lifecycle. They set event schedules and sales targets for different revenue streams. Then they spend a monthly hour-long call planning strategies to achieve them, with peer support from over 450 other gym owners worldwide.
RampUp/Incubation is a six-week intensive mentoring program. Mentorship is a guided process from your current spot toward your “perfect day.” A mentor provides a model for success; but, more than that, a good mentor understands both parts of the decision-making process, and does what’s necessary to a) help you reach decisions; then b) enact necessary changes in the best way possible.
Every week, clients will spend an hour on the phone with a Two-Brain Business mentor. They'll be guided in the development of systems that will last decades, and solidify their business. Participants start with a data collection survey in which they report metrics. From there, the mentor builds a customized call progression. Each call includes assignments for followup, with video reviews of the material and templates, as well as accountability and planning for the next stages.
It is possible to receive credit for a course or activity that is not listed under Approved Providers. The course or activity must meet CrossFit's standards for CPD activities and all approvals are made on a case-by-case basis. There is a nonrefundable US$25 administrative fee to submit this request.
Requests can be made before or after the course or activity is completed; however, submitting a request is not a guarantee of approval. It is recommended that a request be submitted prior to enrolling in a course to determine if it will count toward maintaining the CCFT credential. Remember, all Individualized Professional Development activities require pre-approval.