Personal Trainer Certification

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    Aug 18, 2009 11:47 PM GMT
    I've decided to get my PT cert but i am still unsure with what schol or institute to go with, Does anyone know which certifications are most recognized and will help me the most in the long run? Let me know please. It will help me a lot.
  • triniboy

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    Aug 19, 2009 1:38 AM GMT
    I'm looking into this also. I'm going to talk to the trainers at my gym and see what they have to say.
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    Aug 19, 2009 2:55 AM GMT
    thanks. ive so far heard of ACE, NASM, and a few local training centers we have in town. do u think its better to do it in a traditional class or an online setting with a live workshop at the end?
  • collegeguy06

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    Aug 19, 2009 3:16 AM GMT
    I'm currently studying for the ACSM certification. It is one of the best certifications out there. It's a self study. You can buy the books online at www.acsm.org There are also workshops you can attend as well.
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    Aug 19, 2009 4:22 AM GMT
    Get NASM that is the one that is most respected in my opinion.
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    Aug 19, 2009 5:21 AM GMT
    Go for a National Cert:
    ACSM, http://www.acsm.org/
    NSCA, http://www.nsca-lift.org/
    ACE, http://www.acefitness.org/
    AAFA http://www.afaa.com/

    There are other national ones, I just can't remember them, but these are probably the most well-known. It's an industry accepted standard to have a "nationally-recognized certification". And if you move, you don't want a certification from your local "Joe's PT Cert Shack" that your employer or clients have never heard of. All the info is on their websites. I believe ACE is the easiest & ACSM is the hardest. Typically, the harder the cert, the higher the quality/respect it will have.

    P.S. the ones I listed all require CPR/AED prior to taking the test, which is easy to get, but you would want to keep that in mind when scheduling. They don't make any exceptions and will turn you away from the test site if you can't show proof of CPR/AED certification.

    Good luck.
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    Aug 19, 2009 5:33 AM GMT
    I'm studying with ISSA (International Sports and Science Association) cost is $500.00 and you have 2 years to complete the course and required to get your cpr/aed certification.
  • daveindenver

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    Aug 19, 2009 7:33 AM GMT
    I have NFPT, ISSA and NASM.

    ACSM and NASM are top of the heap right now and the certs are of the tougher to get.
    It seems every few years a new , "better" certification pops up and last years top dogs just turn into dogs. Ask anyone with an ACE cert.
  • Rowing_Ant

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    Aug 19, 2009 8:43 AM GMT
    As a PT I'd go with NASM and do a full hands on class...its such a practical subject you simply cannot do it as a distance or internet based course with a practical workshop at the end.

    In the UK REPs have stated anyone who has done a course like that ISNT qualified due to the lack of practical, hands-on content.

    So yeah, NASM and practical course all the way!
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    Aug 19, 2009 8:48 AM GMT
    I have NASM...Great cert. ACSM is also held to high standards as well.
  • fitdude62

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    Aug 19, 2009 11:20 AM GMT
    NSCA and ACE are two of the tops.

    If you are looking for a school NPTI (National Personal Training Institute) prepares you to take either of these certs.Great hands on training. You end up with a diploma and a certification. Great start.
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    Aug 19, 2009 12:25 PM GMT
    I am scheduled to take my ACE personal training certification exam September 16. ACE has a home study program with a comprehensive training manual book with a workbook study guide for it. They also provide an anatomy book with a connecting DVD and have a couple sample test exams you can take to get some idea of what you need to know for the real exam.
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    Aug 19, 2009 1:26 PM GMT
    Unfortunately, ACE is not a top PT cert in fact they are notorious for being the easiest exams that produce the shittiest trainers. I got NASM then ACE a year later for giggles.

    I have NASM and ACE (meh) and all we talk about mainly is what NASM says. A few others talk about ACSE which is great too but my money went to NASM because it really is the best for now.

    The ISSA is fine but any worthwhile gym that you would want to work at is going to require AED, CPR, FirstAid, and BBP cert no matter what. If they don't you probably don't want to work there.
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    Aug 20, 2009 5:17 AM GMT
    i think so far NASM is the most resounding one. and they have a live work shop at the end of it as an option which i like. thanks guys.