CrossFit Level 1 Certificate Course

ASTM E2659 Certificate Issuer

The Level 1 Certificate Course is an introduction to CrossFit's methodology and foundational movements.

The Level 1 provides introductory education on the fundamental principles and movements of CrossFit. It is structured to meet two goals:

1. Provide attendees with the knowledge to better use CrossFit methods for themselves; and

2. Provide attendees with an initial and foundational education to begin training others using CrossFit.

The course includes classroom instruction on these topics, as well as hands-on small-group training for the movements. These group sessions are conducted under low intensity with a focus on improving mechanics. Participants’ movements are observed and corrected, and they engage in dialogue concerning effective coaching techniques. Large-group CrossFit workouts are conducted as an example of bridging the gap from theory to practice. These workouts provide examples of how to:

  • Conduct a class.
  • Hold a standard of proper mechanics at high intensity.
  • Achieve relative high levels of intensity for each individual.
  • Scale for any ability level.

Learning objectives

After completing this course and successfully passing the Level 1 Certificate Test, participants will be able to:

  1. Define the core concepts of the CrossFit program.
  2. Identify the primary points of performance of foundational and additional movements.
  3. Identify violations of sound movement.
  4. Apply appropriate corrections toward improved movement.
  5. Apply the CrossFit program safely and effectively.

Eligibility Requirements

Participants are eligible for the CrossFit Level 1 Trainer Certificate if they:

  • are at least 17 years old at the time of testing;
  • have no outstanding balances for prior CrossFit Certificate or Specialty Courses;
  • have no pending legal cases with CrossFit, Inc.; and
  • have no known documented violations of the Code of Conduct.

Certificate Requisites

To receive a Level 1 Trainer Certificate, one must:

  • Attend the entire two-day course (approximately 9 a.m.-5 p.m. both days), to include:
    • 100 percent exposure to all lectures,
    • 100 percent participation in all practical break-out sessions, and
    • 100 percent participation in all workouts (all workouts can and will be scaled appropriately for individuals with special needs).
  • Pass the Level 1 test in person.
  • Sign the CrossFit Trainer Licensing Agreement.
  • Agree to the policies outlined in the Level 1 Participant Handbook.
  • Agree to the Waiver and Release of Liability.
  • Agree to the Confidentiality Agreement.
  • Pay all course/test fees in full.

If you do not meet these requirements, you are issued a Certificate of Attendance.

Course Language

The default language for the Level 1 Course is English. In some countries, a translator is provided. Lecture and small-group practical sessions are translated in real time. Courses with a translator are specified in the "Language" section from the event registration link. Generally, translators are used in Latin America and some countries in Europe and Asia.

The test is available in multiple languages. For more information, see section 3.3 of the Participant Handbook, as well as the Level 1 FAQ.

Level 1 Certificate Course Prices*

Currency Course Price
USD $1,000
CAD $1,345
AUD $1,235
GBP £760

* CrossFit reserves the right to update pricing at any time. Pricing is applicable at the time course registration is opened. Applicable local taxes are additional.

Retest only: US$150 or posted equivalent for courses in Australia, Canada and the United Kingdom.

There is a 20 percent fee added if registration takes place 14 days or less from the date of the course.

Due to the large quantity of courses scheduled, CrossFit does not accommodate refunds or transfers.

Email for discounts for active duty or retired military personnel (upon 20 years of service or permanent medical retirement), first responders, and full-time school teachers.

Test Results and Certificates

Test results are delivered to participants via email five to seven days from the test date.

Individuals receive a pass-or-fail result. No numerical score will be issued.

Trainer certificates are individually mailed and can take up to four weeks to arrive for those living in the United States, and eight to twelve weeks for those living outside the United States. Certificates of attendance are emailed within one month of course attendance.



Read the CrossFit Level 1 Participant Handbook

  • It contains the policies and procedures you agreed to during registration.
  • It contains test information, including the number of questions, study tips and sample test questions.
  • It contains an outline of the most recent updates to policies and requirements.
  • Please also read the Level 1 Frequently Asked Questions.

Study the current CrossFit Level 1 Training Guide

  • The material on the test is derived from the Training Guide and the course.
  • The Training Guide provides a foundation for better learning at the course.
  • The Training Guide is available for purchase here or for free download here.

Expose yourself to CrossFit’s movements and workouts

  • This can be done on your own via the WOD on It is also recommended that you find an affiliate near you and trainers with a CrossFit Level 2 (CF-L2) or higher. Search trainer credentials here.
  • This provides a foundation for your experience at the course and enhances learning.

What to Bring

  • Printed version of the registration receipt
  • Government-issued photo ID
  • Notebook and pen/pencil
  • Suitable clothes for working out
  • Snacks and fluids, as well as a meal if you do not plan on going off site during the lunch break


Participants receive a T-shirt with course attendance, either on site (outside the United States) or after the course by redeeming an offer via Reebok's online store (United States).



Please arrive at 8:30 a.m. on Day 1 to check in.

(9 a.m.-5 p.m.)*

Opening remarks
Methodology lecture
Movement lecture
Movement practical session
Methodology lecture
Movement lecture
Movement practical session
Methodology lecture
Movement practical session
Closing remarks

*The schedule may run until approximately 5:30 p.m. in locations with a translator. See "Language" section.

(9 a.m.-5 p.m.)*

Opening remarks
Movement lecture
Movement practical session
Methodology lecture
Movement lecture
Movement practical session
Methodology lecture
Test administration
Closing remarks

*The schedule may run until approximately 5:30 p.m. in locations with a translator. See "Language" section.