Stand Out With Specialty Certifications For Fitness Professionals
Specialty certifications are great for enhancing your career and providing you with extra job expertise. By getting additional training and certifications in certain areas, you can better serve specific populations and stand out as the authority in that field.
Here is a list of various specialty certifications for health and fitness professionals and where you can get training.
Adapted Physical Education and Sports Conditioning Specialist: expertise in working with youth athletes with disabilities. Get certified through IFPA.
Applied Body Composition Assessment Specialist: comprehensive collection of latest body composition methods and assessments. Get certified through IFPA.
Certified Cancer Exercise Trainer: develop programs for clients who have had cancer and want to live a healthier lifestyle. Get certified through ACSM.
Certified Inclusive Fitness Trainer: master of knowing how to work with people who have disabilities or may be physically challenged. Get certified through ACSM.
Mind Body Specialty Certification: provide clients with a holistic approach to wellness and ability to develop programs emphasizing building strength, improving posture, and reducing stress. Get certified through ACE.
Orthopedic Exercise Specialist: expertise in developing exercise programs for effectively preventing muscle, bone, and joint pain. Get certified through ACE.
Physical Activity in Public Health Specialist: expertise in promoting physical activity with a focus on the public health setting. Get certified through ACSM.
Senior Fitness Specialist: know the 55 and over population and what modifications they may need to improve bone strength and optimize healthy aging. Get certified through ACE, AFPA, ASFA, Cooper Institute, IFPA, ISSA, IWA, WITS.
Therapeutic Exercise Specialist: expertise in developing fitness programs for people with ailments, diseases, and disorders that need special attention and prevent people from normal activity. Get certified through ACE, IFPA, ISSA.
Weight Management Specialist: expertise in effectively working with clients who want to decrease body fat and lose weight or build muscle and gain weight. Get certified through ACE, AFPA, Cooper Institute.
The best recommendation is to pick one area you would like to excel in. Go for additional training/certifications to set you apart from the others. Establish yourself as the expert and rock your client’s health and wellness.
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. She is a Registered Dietitian and Nutrition Coach at Eating Free, an online adult weight management program. She also provides in-person nutrition coaching at a private practice, MV Nutrition, in San Francisco, CA, where she specializes in sports nutrition and adult and pediatric weight management. You can connect with her on Facebook, Twitter, Pinterest, or LinkedIn.