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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 email@example.com 540-568-8724 Questions or Comments?
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