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Certification: Become A Personal Trainer

6 Easy Steps To Become A Personal Trainer & Which Program To Choose

 

The career path of personal trainers has exploded over the past few decades. According to the United States Bureau of Labor Statistics, there were over 267,000 fitness trainers in 2012. With all that competition for a job, knowing what education and certification you need to succeed in the industry is imperative for excelling your career.

Here are 6 easy steps to take to become a personal trainer:

1. Find Your Passion:
Make sure this is the right career path for you. Being a personal trainer is not just knowing about effective workout routines. Successful personal trainers also have good communication skills, good listening skills, good motivation skills, and positive role modeling skills. Personal trainers practice what they preach. Get ready to live the life of health and fitness.

2. Get Certified By An Accredited Program:
Certification is recommended to set you apart from all the other personal trainers out there. Certification identifies qualified trainers who have the education and authorization they need to provide accurate information to their clients. In addition, certified trainers have more credibility due to the hours and education they had to complete to obtain the credentials.

3. Recommended Accredited Certification Programs:
Many accredited certification programs are available. Make sure the programs are accredited by The National Commission for Certifying Agencies (NCCA). Here are some of the most common programs out there:

American College Of Sports Medicine (ACSM) Certification: Represents over 25,000 certified fitness professionals where study materials are provided and an exam is required to become certified. ACSM has been around since 1954. Forty-five continuing education units are required to maintain certification.

American Council On Exercise (ACE) Certification: Represents over 50,000 certified fitness professionals where study materials are provided and an exam is required to become certified. ACE has been around since 1985. Twenty continuing education units are required to maintain certification.

National Academy Of Sports Medicine (NASM) Certification: Represents over 50,000 certified fitness professionals where study materials are provided and an exam is required to become certified. NASM has been around since 1987. Twenty continuing education units are required to maintain certification.

National Council On Strength & Fitness (NCSF) Certification: Represents over 9,000 certifications where study materials are provided and an exam is required to become certified. NCSF has been around since 1995. Ten continuing education units are required to maintain certification.

National Federation Of Professional Trainers (NFPT) Certification: Provides certifications where study materials are provided and an exam is required to become certified. NFPT has been around since 1988. Twenty continuing education units are required to maintain certification.

***Many other certification programs are available that are accredited. Do your own research and check out the Comparison Of Personal Training Certification Schools.

4. Get Specialized:
Specialization always helps with finding your niche in the industry. Since the market is competitive, having additional specialty certification can highlight your area of expertise and take you beyond the basic personal trainers. Do you want to focus on youth fitness, orthopedic exercise, functional training? Multiple opportunities and further certifications are available.

5. Maintain Your Credential:
Stay up-to-date with trends and knowledge through continuing education units (CEU). Your certifications will require renewal every 2-3 years depending on who you get certified with. Make sure to keep up with your education courses. DSW Fitness offers courses to take for CEUs.

6. Practice, Practice, Practice:
Gaining experience is important in order to fine-tune your techniques and learn how to work with multiple people and their personalities. Practice and familiarity will allow you to gain proficiency, skills, and tactics to be a successful personal trainer. Either Join a Gym or Start Your Own company.

Enjoy your new venture and happy studies!

Sarah Koszyk is the founder of Family. Food. Fiesta. A family-based wellness program and recipe blog where she also conducts cooking videos with kids and provides families with healthy living tips. She is a Registered Dietitian and Nutrition Coach where she specializes in sports nutrition and adult and pediatric weight management. Connect with her on Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, YouTube, Pinterest, or LinkedIn. Sarah is also in charge of hiring employees and contractors.

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