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How to Become a Personal Trainer - James Madison University

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									How to Become a Personal Trainer:
  Choosing the Right Certifications
            for Maximum Success
                  Sarah Price, CSCS, NSCA-CPT
                 Graduate Assistant for Fitness and Nutrition
                          Certified Group Fitness Instructor
                                         University Recreation
                                      James Madison University
   Certifications
   Personality Traits
   Degree
   Availability (at home/gym)
   Experience/Specialties




What would you look for in a Trainer?
   Which certifications do you qualify to take?
   Which one is most relevant for what you want to
    do?
   Is it well recognized by the professionals you want
    to be employed by?
   How much does it cost?
   Where can I take the exam?
   How long until I have to get re-certified?
   How many CEU’s do I need?



Where to Start?
  •   Exercise Physiology    ◦   Exercise Science
  ◦   Exercise Science       ◦   Clinical Exercise Science
  ◦   Exercise Leadership    ◦   Strength & Conditioning
  ◦   Athletic Training      ◦   Nutrition
  ◦   Kinesiology            ◦   Health Promotion
  ◦   Biomechanics           ◦   Physical Therapy
  ◦   Health Sciences        ◦   Sports Medicine
  ◦   Pre-Physical Therapy   ◦   Human Performance
  ◦   Nursing                ◦   Physical Education
  ◦   Occupational Therapy   ◦   Public/Community
  ◦   Physicians Assistant       Health



Degrees in a related Field
   National Commission for Certifying Agencies (NCCA)
    ◦ Created in 1987 by NOCA to help ensure the health, welfare,
      and safety of the public through the accreditation of a variety
      of certification programs/organizations that assess
      professional competence.
   Recognized Organizations
    ◦   American College of Sports Medicine (ACSM)
    ◦   National Strength and Conditioning Association (NSCA)
    ◦   American Council on Exercise (ACE)
    ◦   National Academy of Sports Medicine (NASM)
    ◦   National Council on Strength and Fitness (NCSF)
    ◦   National Federation of Professional Trainers (NFPT)
    ◦   National Exercise and Sports Trainers Association (NESTA)




Accredited Certifications
NCCA Wesbite
   Certified Personal Trainer        ◦ Cost
     ◦ Requirements                      Members $219
          CPR Certified                      Membership
                                                   ◦ Full Privilege Student $80
          High School Diploma/GED                 ◦ Alliance Student $50
     ◦ Workshops offered                  Non-member $279
          1 Day = $129               ◦ Recertification
          3 Day = $375                   3 Years
          Webinars                       $30
                                          45 CEUs
     ◦ Study Materials
                                      ◦ Qualified to develop and implement
          ACSM’s Resources for the     exercise programs for apparently
           Personal Trainer 2nd Ed.     healthy individuals or those who
          ACSM’s Guidelines for        have medical clearance to exercise.
           Exercise Testing and
           Prescription 7th Ed.
          ACSM’s certification
           Review 2nd Ed.




American College of Sports Medicine
(ACSM) www.acsm.org
   Certified Health Fitness Specialist     ◦ Cost
     ◦ Requirements                             Members $219
        Associates or Bachelors in              ◦ Membership
         health related field                        Full Privilege Student
        CPR Certification                            $80
    ◦ Workshops Offered                              Alliance Student $50
        2 day workshop                         Non-member $279
        Webinar Series                     ◦ Recertification
        $439 Mem $499 Non-Mem                  3 years
         *Exam Included
                                                $45
    ◦ Study Materials                           60 CEUs
        ACSM’s Guidelines for Exercise
         Testing and Prescription 7th Ed.   ◦ Qualified to work with special
        ACSM’s certification Review 2nd
                                              populations with medically
         Ed.                                  controlled diseases who have
                                              been cleared by their physician
        ACSM’s Resource Manual for           for independent exercise
         Guidelines for Exercise Testing
         and Prescription 5th Ed. (6th?)



American College of Sports Medicine
(ACSM) www.acsm.org
   NSCA-CPT                           ◦ Memberships
    ◦ Requirements                         Certified Student $90
       18 years old                       Non-Certified Student $95
       CPR Certification              ◦ Recertification
       High School Diploma/GED            3 Years
     ◦ Workshops offered                   $45
          None                            6.0 CEUs
     ◦ Study Materials                      ◦ Category A, B, C, & D
          NSCA’s Essentials of        ◦ Qualified to use an
           Personal Training             individualized approach to,
          Various Packages              assess, motivate, educate and
     ◦ Cost                              train clients regarding their
          Members                       health and fitness needs.
             ◦ Computer $285
             ◦ Paper/Pencil $235/270
          Non-members
             ◦ Computer $405
             ◦ Paper/Pencil $355/390


National Strength and Conditioning Association
(NSCA) www.nsca-cc.org
   Certified Strength &             ◦ Study Materials
    Conditioning Specialist (CSCS)      NSCA’s Essentials of
    ◦ Requirements                       Strength Training &
        Bachelors Degree                Conditioning 3rd Ed.
        CPR Certification
                                        Various Packages
    ◦ Workshops
        None offered                ◦ Recertification
    ◦ Cost                               3 Years
       Computer                         $45
        ◦ Member $310                    6.0 CEUs
        ◦ Non-member $430            ◦ Qualified to apply scientific
       Paper/Pencil                   knowledge to train athletes
        ◦ Member $260/$295             for the primary goal of
        ◦ Non-member $380/$415         improving athletic
                                       performance.

National Strength and Conditioning Association
(NSCA) www.nsca-cc.org
   Certified Personal Trainer         ◦ Recertification
    ◦ Requirements                        Years
       18 years old                      $
       CPR certification                 CEUs
     ◦ Workshops offered               ◦ Qualified to provide one-on-one
                                         or small-group fitness
          None                          instruction.
     ◦ Study Materials
          ACE Personal Trainer
           Manual: The Resource for
           Fitness Professionals 3rd
           Ed.
          Basic $150
          Standard $300
          Deluxe $350
          Premier $400
     ◦ Cost
          Computer $249
          Paper/Pencil $219


American Council on Exercise (ACE)
www.acefitness.org
   NASM CPT                           ◦ Recertification
    ◦ Requirements                         2 Years
     ◦ Workshops offered                   $99
          Intro to Personal Fitness       CEUs 2.0
           Training Course $149        ◦ Qualified to perform
          Essentials of Personal        assessments, create
           Fitness Training Live         individualized programs and
           Workshop $249                 progress your clients to their
     ◦ Study Materials                   goals.
          Standard $599
          Starter $699
          Plus $729
          Premier $799
     ◦ Cost
          $549



National Academy of Sport Medicine (NASM)
www.nasm.org
   Personal Trainer Certification Course
    ◦ Requirements
       CPR Certification
    ◦ Course Structure
       5 weeks of class
         ◦ 15hrs lecture
         ◦ 15hrs practical training
         ◦ 20hrs internship (*30 starting June 1, 2009)
       6th week written and practical testing
         ◦ Can count for 3 undergraduate credits
    ◦ Study Materials
       Fitness Professional’s Handbook 5th Ed.
    ◦ Cost
       Varies by school/location
         ◦ $705 with text at DCCC


World Instructor Training School (W.I.T.S.)
www.witseducation.com
   Which Certification Should I Earn?
     ◦ Requirements/Qualifications
     ◦ Recognized/Accredited
     ◦ Specific for what you want
   How Many Certifications Are Really Needed?
     ◦ Depends on
         Goals
         Specific trainings
         Jobs




Other things to consider
   Finding a facility to train
    ◦   Commercial
    ◦   Non-profit
    ◦   Recreation
    ◦   Corporate
    ◦   Free Lance
 Liability insurance
 Obtaining clients
 CEU’s
 Recertification


Got the Cert, Now What?
   Work Experience           Training Techniques
    ◦   Fitness Centers        ◦   Functional
    ◦   Internships            ◦   Sport Specific
    ◦   Clinics                ◦   Circuit
    ◦   Hospitals              ◦   Strength/Power
    ◦   Personal Program       ◦   Body Building
   Special Populations        ◦   Injury Prevention
    ◦ Youth                    ◦   Pre/post-rehab
    ◦ Women
         Pre/Post-natal
    ◦ Elderly
    ◦ Chronic Diseases

Experience
   Motivational        Trustworthy
   Passionate          Considerate
   Positive            Outgoing
   Counselor           Approachable
   Psychologist        Patient
   Persistent          Committed
   Dependable          Good communication
   Role Model




Personality Traits
   Contact Information
    ◦ Sarah Price
       price2se@jmu.edu
       540-568-8724




Questions or Comments?

								
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