Question: What is the best certification for personal trainers? I want it to be worth the effort and mean something. Our local colleges don’t offer a program in this area.
-Personal Trainer Wannabe
Answer: The best certifications are from companies that are accredited. I personally like the practices portrayed by The National Board of Fitness Examiners. In my opinion and the ones I look for when I hire personal trainers are as follows:
National Strength and Conditioning Association (NSCA),
National Academy of Sports Medicine (NASM),
National Federation Of Professional Trainers (NFPT).
There’s also a wonderful website that compares all the personal training certification programs and gives you all the details. It’s called http://www.starting-a-personal-training-business.com/.
I tell this to everyone wanting to get into the industry. It is not a HOBBY it is a business and needs to be treated like one. A couple of questions you need to ask yourself is
-Do you have enough knowledge of how the body works to expertly consult onconditioning a person? Certification programs don’t teach you this.
– Do you have a marketing plan?
– Do you know how you will get clients?
– Do you have a plan on how to keep clients?
– What is your niche or specialty?
-Do you know what type of payment policy you will have? Packages or pay per session? Do you know the difference?
These are only a bunch of questions out of 100 that you will need to answer. Start with these first and worry about certification later. Because reality is…it doesn’t matter what certification you have unless you’re going to work for someone else. Either way you need to make sure they are accredited by the National Commission for Certifying Agencies (NCCA). Hope this helps