How to get CrossFit certified – & other CrossFit questions

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Looking to become a CrossFit certified coach but not exactly sure what goes into the process? Read through all the details of getting Level 1 certified as well as the answers to some of the most asked questions about the process.

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All about 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.

What's the difference between CrossFit level 1 & level 2?

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.

How do you get 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?

Currently in the United States, it costs $1000 to take the Level 1 course. If you have to take the test again, a re-test will cost you $150. The Level 2 course costs 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.

How long does a CrossFit certification last?

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

Got anymore questions about getting CrossFit certified? Be sure to let us know and we can always update the post!

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