One of the first steps to becoming a qualified personal trainer is to get a recognized Personal Training certification. A qualified personal trainer must learn the fundamentals of fitness, human physiology, the science of movement and the fundamentals of appropriate program design to be effective in their chosen career.
Organizations that provide a high level of certification and education for personal trainers include (in alphabetical order):
ACTION Personal Training Certification (ACTION)
American College of Sports Medicine (ACSM)
American Council on Exercise (ACE)
Canadian Fitness Professionals (CanFitPro)
International Fitness Professionals Association (IFPA)
International Sports Sciences Association (ISSA)
National Academy of Sports Medicine (NASM)
National Council on Strength and Fitness (NCSF)
National Exercise and Sports Trainers Association (NESTA)
National Federation of Personal Trainers (NFPT)
National Personal Training Institute (NPTI)
National Strength and Conditioning Association (NSCA)
This presentation outlines the certification offerings of the organizations listed above. The slides include information on the organization, certification requirements and examination information. Additional information about each of the sites listed can be accessed using the websites provided in each chart.