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Types of Personal Training Certifications

What Are the Best Personal Training Certifications Available?

Have you been investigating the many types of personal training certifications available today? The amount of programs available can make it confusing to determine which is best suited for your needs. To help you figure out the right personal training certification program, we’ve put together some personal training certification comparison points:

  1. How do you want to get your certification? If you’re limited on time, you’ll want to rely on online personal training certificate options rather than traditional classroom models. This means looking for one that offers you the convenience to study on your own time and at a speed that works for your lifestyle.
  2. What kind of exam do you want to take? Personal training certification exams come in different forms. For instance, the ISTA exam is multiple choice and true/false. This type of test allows you to make wise decisions and contemplate your answers before making a final decision. It also is easier for test-takers who do not do well with essay-based examinations.
  3. Is the organization recognized? You don’t want to get a personal training certificate from a group that no one knows. ISTA’s program is affiliated with the National Board of Fitness Examiners. Our certification is backed by the NBFE. Other personal training certificates may also have this recognition.
  4. How long will you be able to use your personal trainer certification? Our certifications last for two years, before you need to get recertified.
  5. What are the personal trainer education requirements? Because there are no industry-standard personal trainer education requirements, each accrediting body creates its own curriculum. Look for one that includes study materials, demonstration videos and at least two chances at taking the final exam.
  6. Are there different levels of certification? You may not be interested in more than a basic personal training certificate, or you might want to consider a more robust, elite package. On the other hand, you may just want to take the exam. A well-rounded program will offer you choices.
  7. Do you need a CPR certification to be certified? Some organizations require CPR certification to receive a certificate from their accrediting body. Others, like ISTA, recommend CPR certification, but do not require it.
  8. Is the certification going to be accepted at your intended workplace? If you’re trying to get a job at a particular gym or fitness facility, it’s essential to know which certifications they accept. Some companies will only hire personal trainers who have been certified by a particular association. However, if you’re planning to work on your own, this may not be a factor in your decision.

No matter where you earn your personal training certification, always continue your education by taking workshops and courses. You can never be too prepared for the benefit of your clientele!