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How to Get CrossFit Certified – & Other CrossFit Questions

If you’re here, you might be wondering about becoming a CrossFit certified coach, or you’re just curious to learn more about what the process entails. Fear not, we’ve got all the details laid out here for you. We’ll cover everything from getting your Level 1 certification to answering some commonly asked questions about the entire journey.

Now, if you’re simply curious about CrossFit and looking for a more in-depth exploration, you might enjoy our post discussing why CrossFit tends to be a bit controversial in some circles. And for those on the hunt for a CrossFit coach, or those interested in verifying their coach’s qualifications, remember to take a peek at the CrossFit Trainer Directory for a quick and easy search!

The Inside Scoop on CrossFit Certifications

CrossFit makes a point that there are certificates and certifications, depending on the level you complete. There are four CrossFit certificate/certification levels: 1, 2, 3, and 4. Levels 1 & 2 (certificates) are more focused on training and movements while Levels 3 & 4 (certifications) are more of an exam assessment to put your true knowledge and skills of the profession to the test. The minimum requirement to become a CrossFit affiliate is a Level 1 certificate.

CrossFit Level 1 & Level 2: What’s the Difference?

CrossFit Level 1 certificate starts with the basics. During this course you learn all the standard movements and principles associated with CrossFit.

As you might imagine, CrossFit Level 2 takes you to the next “level” by honing in on the coaching aspect of CrossFit. In order to better equip you as a coach, you learn to have a more detailed eye for the proper technique. Things like programming are covered in the course as well.

The Road to Getting CrossFit Certified

Getting CrossFit certified is a two part process. 

First you have to attend a Level 1 course (currently available online or in person). Prior to attending, it is encouraged that you read through the Level 1 Certificate Course Participant Handbook and study the CrossFit Level 1 Training Guide. Over the course of two days (9 a.m. to 5 p.m.) there are classroom lectures, small-group breakout sessions and workouts which require participation.

After those two days of learning, you are required to take a test and receive a passing grade before receiving your CrossFit certificate. Note that you are required to be 17 years old before taking the test.

How Much Does it Cost to Get CrossFit Certified?

In the United States, the price tag attached to the Level 1 course is currently $1000. If you don’t pass the test on your first try, a re-test will set you back $150. Looking to level up? The Level 2 course will also cost you an additional $1000.

Can You Get CrossFit Certified Online?

Due to the global pandemic, CrossFit began offering the CrossFit Level 1 course as an online option as well. As of now this is a temporary option that is available for any first timers or for any current CF-L1 credential or higher looking for revalidation.

The Shelf-Life of a CrossFit Certification

Whether you have the Level 1 or Level 2 certificate, they both will last five years from the date you are issued the certificate.

Curious about more or have other questions about becoming CrossFit certified? Don’t hesitate to drop us a line, and we’ll be more than happy to update this post with more information. Remember, your fitness journey is your own, and every step you take towards becoming a CrossFit certified coach is a testament to your dedication to improving not only your own health but that of others too.

In this journey, patience is a virtue and perseverance is key. And always remember, whether you’re a fitness beginner or a veteran, your passion for fitness is what matters most.

So, are you ready to embark on your journey to becoming CrossFit certified? Your path to inspiring others to lead a healthier lifestyle starts here. Good luck, and we’re cheering you on every step of the way!”

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