Personal Training Fitness Certifications
All personal trainers are not created equal. It’s important to consider your trainer’s experience and education.
For Lisa Coors, an ACE-certified trainer and owner of Coors Core Fitness, this is a topic of much interest and importance.
“Would you go to a physician who didn't pass their state board? Would you get your nails done by a technician who wasn't state licensed? Why would you trust your body to someone who does not have a national certification?”
The fitness industry is one of the last industries not regulated by ANY governing body. Anyone can state they are a CPT (Certified Personal Trainer) and get away with it, unless they work for a fitness facility that actually checks certfications!
If an organization is not accredited, it means the trainer got a certification that can be taken online and/or taken over the weekend. Accredited certifications such as ACE are taken at testing centers and require 6 to 8 months of study time.
There are only 13 nationally accredited Certified Personal Trainer certifications with accreditation through the National Commission for Certifying Agencies (NCCA).
To learn more about the NCCA please visit: NCCA website
Below is information on the top 3 personal training certification programs.
American Council on Exercise (ACE):
ACE's mission is to ensure people have access to well-qualified health and fitness professionals and health coaches, and science-based information and resources on safe and effective physical activity, so they may get active, establish healthy behaviors, and live their most fit lives.
ACE envisions a world in which obesity and other preventable lifestyle diseases are on the decline because people have been understood, educated, empowered, and granted responsibility to be physically active and committed to healthy choices. In 2011, ACE articulated a vision: by the year 2035, the obesity epidemic will be over, and the professionals we certify, support and represent will have substantially contributed.
National Academy of Sports Medicine (NASM):
For more than 20 years, the National Academy of Sports Medicine (NASM) has set the standard in certification, continuing education, solutions and tools for health and fitness, sports performance and sports medicine professionals. NASM has pioneered evidence-based health and fitness solutions that optimize physical performance and allow individuals to achieve a variety of fitness activity goals.
Today, NASM serves thousands worldwide and positively impacts the lives of millions of people the world over. As the world’s foremost resource for health and fitness information, the organization continues to elevate its industry best practices by providing outstanding programs and quality certification courses for its members.
National Council of Strength & Fitness (NCSF):
It is the mission of the National Council on Strength and Fitness Board for Certification to establish, assess, and promote qualification standards for Exercise Professionals in a continued effort to foster a high level of professional competency and ethical practice, to best serve public interest and safety.
The NCSF carries out this mission by providing subject matter experts and thought leaders for national and international committees and boards. This work is designed to facilitate standards and guidelines and promote effective public policy. The NCSF is dedicated to raising the bar in the fitness industry to protect the public while earning professional recognition for qualified exercise professionals as respected health providers. In addition, the organization is devoted to promoting worldwide health through the safe engagement in routine physical activity. To accomplish these goals the NCSF is a proud participant in each of the following organizations and committees.