Is any one of the PT certifications better than the rest?

  • Posted by a hidden member.
    Log in to view his profile

    Jan 30, 2011 5:31 PM GMT
    I am thinking of taking one of the Personal Training certification courses. So, of course, I am wondering if one or more are considered better than the rest. Or do different ones emphasize different specializations in training. I am thinking that I want to tend toward specialization in senior training so I can be my mom's personal personal trainer...plus it will help me as I get older, too.

    The certs that I have heard about are:

    NASM
    NCSF
    NSCA
    NESTA
    ACE

    I am kinda leaning toward NSCA cuz it seems very scientifically based and current.

    Thanks for any responses.


  • Posted by a hidden member.
    Log in to view his profile

    Jan 30, 2011 9:23 PM GMT
    I'd recommend both NSCA and NASM. Both are very high ranking certs. I did NASM myself and its very scientifically based. If were to do it again, I probably would go with NSCA as its the top dog. But, both are pretty good. If you're already leaning towards NSCA, I say go for that one. What is your goal career wise in the training world?
  • Posted by a hidden member.
    Log in to view his profile

    Jan 30, 2011 9:25 PM GMT
    A family member was a college Strength & Conditioning coach. I know he is NSCA certified (he has one other too, just can't remember which one) and has told me that the NSCA is the best (or among the top 2) because, as you said, it is the most scientific. A lot of the other certifications have agreements with chain gyms (24 Hour, Bally) so a lot of those certs. are business driven as opposed to being scientific.

    Again, I'm not an expert. Just what I've heard.
  • Posted by a hidden member.
    Log in to view his profile

    Jan 30, 2011 9:53 PM GMT
    muscleman19 saidI'd recommend both NSCA and NASM. Both are very high ranking certs. I did NASM myself and its very scientifically based. If were to do it again, I probably would go with NSCA as its the top dog. But, both are pretty good. If you're already leaning towards NSCA, I say go for that one. What is your goal career wise in the training world?

    I don't have any career goal in mind for this cert. I am doing it just for my own education and benefit, and to be able to help my mom who is 85. She has been going to a very good PT for 2 years. But now she has quit cuz of her aging husband. So I want to be able to coach her myself.

    I am spending so much time at the gym rebuilding my body after the cancer. I figure I might as well learn how to do it right.
  • Posted by a hidden member.
    Log in to view his profile

    Feb 20, 2011 10:47 PM GMT
    My apologies for not getting back to you sooner. In light of your career goals, I say go with what fits your budget and what you feel more comfortable with. If you go with NCSA as desired, you won't be disappointed and if you do ever go to use it it'll be a huge asset. After all who knows....might be able to do some training on the side. Best of luck!