If you are in search of a personal training certification program, you have an abundance of options to consider. However, not all certification programs are created equal in terms of the training they provide and the credibility they offer.
First and foremost, an organization should be accredited by the National Commission for Certifying Agencies, or NCCA. We have gathered five NCCA-accredited personal training certification programs for your consideration.
American College of Sports Medicine
ACSM offers a reasonably priced personal training certification that is available in most major cities across the country. The program requires participants to have a high school diploma and adult CPR certificate. The program takes about four to nine months to complete, and recertification is required every three years.
ACSM is the most established personal training certification program and is highly regarded across the country.
American Council on Exercise
ACE has been in existence for 25 years, and their personal training certification is regarded highly at gyms and fitness centers across the country. This program is available in major U.S. cities, and material is also available online. The program does require participants to be 18 and hold both CPR and AED certification.
This program takes anywhere from three to six months to complete and requires recertification every two years.
National Academy of Sports Medicine
NASM is nearly as old as ACE, and it is also considered one of the top personal training certification programs in the country. Exams are available in most major U.S. cities, and the cost of the exam is included in the program enrollment fee. NASM also requires participants to be at least 18 and hold a CPR and AED adult certificate. The program requires recertification every two years.
National Strength and Conditioning Association
NSCA is one of the newer personal trainer certification programs, but it still has nearly two decades of experience under its belt. This program is also highly respected across the country. Instead of paying an enrollment fee, students pay for their materials, which totals about the same amount as other certification programs. In addition to the requirements listed for ACE and NASM, NSCA also requires individuals to have a high school diploma or equivalent. Recertification is required every three years.
National Council on Strength and Fitness
NCSF does not have any prerequisites to get into their personal training certification program, which is nonetheless highly accepted across the country. This program is available in most major cities in the United States, and materials are included with the cost of enrollment. Students can take their exam at one of 400 testing centers across the U.S. and will need to be retested every two years. The entire NCSF program takes between four and six months to complete.
While this is not an exhaustive list of personal training certification programs available, it does highlight some of the top programs in the country. By choosing one of the best programs for your certification needs, you will be a more desirable candidate to gyms and fitness centers across the country. The right certification will make all the difference in the success of your personal training career.
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