What Certifications are Needed for CrossFit Instructors?
There are 4 levels of certification for a CrossFit instructor.
Level 1: A two-day intro course covering the basic movements, workouts, and CrossFit techniques. Following the completion of this, you are a CF-L1 Trainer.
Level 2: An intermediate course covering more advanced things and coaching skills needed. Level 1 certification is a prerequisite, however. After this, you can officially call yourself a CF-L2 Trainer.
Level 3 or Certified CrossFit Trainer: It’s at this level where you take the online exam for certification as a CrossFit trainer.
You become a CCFT, in one of two ways:
Attain Level 3 Certification. The prerequisites are Level 1 and the Level 2 training listed above, additionally 750 hours of CrossFit coaching. You can identify yourself as a CF-L3 trainer or CCFT after this.
You must prove that you have a minimum of 1,500 hours of General Physical Preparedness (GPP) training with a college or a professional athlete. Having done this, you will be known as a CCFT, not a CF-L3, because you didn’t go through prior training (the CF-L1 and CF-L2 training.)
Level 4: Certified CrossFit Coach (CCFC) (the top-level certification) To get this, you must have Levels 1-3 of certification and pass an intense, one-day performance evaluation of your coaching skill acquired throughout your training.
Additionally, you will want to be CPR/first aid certified.