Anyone who is interested in becoming a personal fitness trainer, exercise consultant or an overall fitness professional should consider getting a personal training certification. Typically the trainer certification programs will cover topics about body building, exercise physiology, weight management, weight training and personal training. If you are looking at a career as a personal trainer, you should also have first aid and CPR training prior to working with any clients. Most fitness centers and gyms will require their personal trainers to have a current CPR card.
Obtaining a personal training certification identifies you as a legitimate trainer and indicates you have been through some type of workshop, seminar or home study course. There are many organizations that certify personal trainers so you need to consider a couple of things when choosing the certification organization where you will take your training.
The number one most important factor to consider is whether the certifying organization has been accredited. An accreditation process requires that certifying organizations have their certification procedures and protocols accredited by an independent third party. This one factor alone could save you tons of money (because of all the scams out there) and will also provide you with the credentials that will allow you to have clients at some of the top rated gyms and fitness centers.
If there is a specific gym that you want to work for, find out if they require a specific personal training certification before you review and choose a certifying organization.