Personal Training Certification

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Posted on 5th March 2010 by admin in Uncategorized

The field of personal training is not currently regulated by federal or state governments.  While physical therapists, athletic trainers, massage therapists, and even hairstylists are required to be licensed by the board of Health, personal trainers are not.  This is unfortunate because it would uphold a standard for personal trainers to adhere to and would add credibility to the profession.  Pretty soon, this will probably change.  If for some reason the organization you wish to use is not accredited, they should at least be recongnized by IHRSA and require their members to complete continuing education to maintain their skills.  A simple online certification isn’t adequate, and could set you up for failure, or possible legal issues in the future.

The following is the list of my top eight certifying agencies that you may explore in your journey to becoming a personal trainer.  It is up to you to decide which agency you will gain your certification with, but here are my top ten:

1.  American College of Sports Medicine (ACSM)

2. Allied Health World Personal Training Certification

3. National Strength and Conditioning Association (NSCA)

4. National Academy of Sports Medicine (NASM)

5. American Council on Exercise (ACE)

6. Aerobics and Fitness Association of America (AFAA)

7. National Federation of Personal Trainers (NFPT)

8. National Council on Strength and Fitness (NCSF)

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