Certified CrossFit Trainer (CF-L3 & CCFT)Here’s where things start to get a little different with the new CrossFit certifications. For starters, the CCFT is a computer-based test. Also, there are two paths in which one can become a CCFT/CF-L3 certificate holder.
The more “traditional” CrossFit path is to hold both the L1 and L2, and complete 750 hours of CrossFit coaching experience. The computerized test uses videos and photos in which the candidate must draw upon their experience and skills as a coach to answer questions. Passing this test via the “CrossFit path” allows the certificate holder to call himself a CF-L3, as well as a Certified CrossFit Trainer.
The second path is for someone that does not have their L1 and L2. This Certified CF Trainer program has been submitted for ANSI accreditation, and one requirement is that a certification to have at least one eligibility path that is independent from the certifying organization. This second “non-CrossFit” path requires 1500 hours of strength and conditioning coaching. Completion of this path allows one to refer to herself as CCFT, Certified CrossFit Trainer, but not an L3.
Both paths require accumulation of 900 CrossFit training hours every three years, in addition to 50 Continuing Education Units. This part makes me extremely happy in that there must be documented evidence of development and self-motivated training, which is a hallmark of a great trainer.
One more thing, a “non-CrossFit” path will not allow someone to apply for CrossFit affiliation, aka open their box. They must have the L1 for that, no ifs, ands, or buts. Also, the “non-CrossFit” pathers cannot apply for the next and last level of certification.