It requires more work and it costs more money, but the likelihood of getting a well paying personal training job and being respected when starting a business ist very high if you have one of the three categories of ACSM certifications.
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Learn more about this highly regarded certification, the various types, and additional specialty certifications below.
Then use this information to chart your career course as a personal trainer.
ACSM Health Fitness Certification
The Health Fitness Certifications come in three areas:
Group Exercise Instructor
The first one is ACSM GEI or Group Exercise Instructor. This is the newest area of certification with ACSM. The perk of this certification is that it qualifies you to teach individuals, or do one-on-one personal training in addition to the group courses. With the increased popularity of group exercise, this is wise choice because of its versatility.
This certification has requirements that need to be met. You must have a high school diploma, be 18 years old, and hold an adult CPR certification. The certification itself costs about $240 for online courses or $280 for a workshop. When ready to test, an online registration is required and retests cost $150. This retest fee is meant to encourage people to be prepared when testing the first time.
Certified Personal Trainer
The second Health Fitness Certification is Certified Personal Trainer (CPT). This is the most basic certification and allows you to work with individuals and develop specialized exercise workout programs based on the individual’s needs and goals. This certification requires that you only work with healthy adults who have a medical clearance. Cost varies from state to state.
Certified Health Fitness Specialist
The third Health Fitness Certification is Certified Health Fitness Specialist (HFS). This is the most advanced certification in this category. This advanced certification allows you to work with individuals who have health problems or diseases after they have been cleared by their doctor to begin an exercise program.
Because this is an advanced certification, a Bachelor’s degree in Exercise Science, Kinesiology, or other degree based in the field of exercise is required. A current adult CPR certification is also required. The cost is about $500 plus materials.
ACSM Clinical Certifications
There are two types of ACSM Clinical Certifications:
Certified Clinical Exercise Specialist (CES)
This certification actually qualifies the holder to be considered as a health care professional. You must have a Bachelor’s Degree in the health care field or exercise field to qualify for this certification.
Once you are CES certified, you can work with clients who have high risk heart problems, cardiovascular disease, or metabolic diseases. People with this type of certification are typically employed in rehabilitation centers, doctor’s offices, or hospitals due to the fact that close proximity to doctors is required. .
Registered Clinical Exercise Physiologist (RCEP)
This certification requires you to have a master’s degree in the exercise field and allows you to work with individuals with cardiovascular issues, musculoskeletal issues, or neuromuscular issues.
ACSM Specialty Certifications
There are three types of ACSM Specialty Certifications available:
Certified Cancer Exercise Trainer (CET)
This certification allows individuals to work with cancer patients.
Because of the special circumstance of this certification it requires a Bachelor’s degree plus 500 hours of practical experience or a high school diploma and 10,000 hours of experience.
Physical Activity in Public Health Specialist (PAPHS)
This allows the holder to promote public activity at the local, state, or national level.
This can be done through population based analysis or lobbying for certain legislation.
Because of the uniqueness of a PAPHS, you must hold a Bachelor’s degree.
However, the degree may be related to exercise or to public relations or leadership. The combination of these things really makes a PAPHS certification worthwhile for the holder.
Certified Inclusive Fitness Trainer (CIFT)
This certification allows you to work with individuals with physical or mental disabilities by creating unique exercise programs that fit their abilities. The certification also allows the holder to work with children who have sensory issues such as Autistic children.
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