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How to Get an Online Personal Trainer Certification

Personal Trainer — Frequently Asked Questions

When you’re starting to investigate the possibility of becoming a personal trainer, you have plenty of questions. To help you get some fast answers, we’ve put together this list of some of the most frequently asked questions related to the profession of personal training.

Question: How long does it take to become a personal trainer?

Answer: This depends on you, especially if you take our ISTA online personal trainer certification. You could study for the exam and wind up taking it in as little as a few months, or you could take longer. Many people who already have some expertise in the personal training industry will be able to get their certifications quickly. If you have little experience, you’ll probably want to spend more time studying before you attempt the exam.

Question: So how do I get an online personal trainer certification?

Answer: If you are wondering how to get an online personal trainer certification, we have your answer! ISTA online personal trainer certifications start with you purchasing our certificate program. Our program comes complete with all the workbooks you need, and you have two chances to take the exam. After you have completed and passed the exam, you will receive a certification from our prestigious, highly-reputed organization.

Question: What is the best certification for personal training?

Answer: We hear this question often, as people can be confused as to which personal training certification is the best. At ISTA, we back our certification course with acceptance and recognition from organizations. Don’t forget that we are approved as a full affiliate of the National Board of Fitness Examiners, which ensures credibility for the field of fitness. Our certification is backed by the NBFE.

Question: I’m a little confused — what is a fitness specialist? Is a fitness specialist a fitness trainer?

Answer: A fitness specialist is someone who focuses his or her career on helping others attain their fitness and nutrition related goals. The term “fitness specialist” is sometimes used interchangeably with the term “personal trainer.” A personal trainer certification for ISTA will be a benefit for either job title.

Question: What will I need to study to become a personal trainer?

Answer: When you start studying to become a personal trainer at ISTA, you may be surprised by the depth of the coursework: You’ll learn everything from the science of nutrition to the physiology and responses of the human body to the details of safely working with clients one-on-one and in larger groups. An excellent personal trainer should be well-rounded in all areas of fitness, from dietary considerations to routine fitness exercise planning. In addition to your certification, you may also want to seek out opportunities to study marketing or business protocols and best practices, especially if you intend to be an independent fitness trainer.

Still have questions? We would be happy to help you! Simply contact ISTA and find out how we can help you jumpstart your personal trainer career.