Content Outline

The Certified CrossFit Trainer Examination conforms to content outline based on a formal practice analysis of CrossFit Trainers. The exam is broken down into six domains. Each domain has tasks within it that are required of an effective trainer. Each task has abilities needed to accomplish that task, and knowledge required to demonstrate that ability.

  • Domain D1: Screening and Ongoing Assessment
  • Domain D2: Programming
  • Domain D3: Teaching
  • Domain D4: Coaching
  • Domain D5: Nutrition and Lifestyle
  • Domain D6: Class Management and Professional Responsibilities

Study Material

Study material is provided to help prepare candidates for the Certified CrossFit Trainer examination. While this study material is extensive, it is not exhaustive. Candidates should not attempt to memorize the content in the study material. The exam questions are not necessarily taken directly from these sources. Instead, candidates should attempt to understand the concepts presented and be able to apply them to training scenarios.

Below you can search the Study Material by domain or keywords to create a more refined path of study.


Dissecting the Fish: Plotting Progress in Multi-Modal Training. (PDF) Kilgore L. 2008 (May)

"To coach and teach effectively we must learn as much as we can, interpret what is learned as best we can, then present it to our trainees and students in the most approachable and practical format possible so they might use what we know to achieve their particular goals."

D2 , D3


Recommended Practices for Safety and Health Programs. (WEBLINK) OSHA

"Education and training are important tools for informing workers and managers about workplace hazards and controls so they can work more safely and be more productive."



VO2 Max: Not the Gold Standard?. (PDF) Leyland T, 2006 (Dec)

"VO2 max is a measure of your body’s ability to take up and utilize oxygen. VO2 max is measured by determining the amount of oxygen in the inspired air and the expired air. The difference is the amount of oxygen used by the body."

D1 , D2 , D3


Applications of the Support on the Rings. (PDF) Hass T. 2007 (May)

"One of the amazing things about gymnastics is that so much develops on just a small handful of foundational movements. From something as simple as a support, you can find dozens more exercises branching out from it"

D3 , D4


Beyond Calories. (PDF) Giardina M. 2018 (Jan 25)

"It is widely accepted and proven that obese people take in more calories than they expend. It’s not that calories in/calories out needs to be completely discounted, but the energy-balance equation, as it is called, is an oversimplified approach that does not explain the chronic-disease epidemic."



Charting a Course to Intensity. (PDF) DeGain J. 2018 (Sept. 19)

"There is no single correct way to initially prepare athletes for the intensity necessary to produce results, but it is imperative that a process exists to bring athletes through an appropriate series of steps that minimizes risk while trainers maximize intensity."

D2 , D3 , D6


Evacuation Plans and Procedures eTool. (WEBLINK) OSHA

Develop and Implement an Emergency Action Plan (EAP) - Emergency Action Plan Checklist