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    I am starting to research Personal Training Certifications. Anyone know anything about them?

    I am tryig to research which certification is the most prestigious, or even if it matters? Which on is the most valued?

    I know there are several out there like ISSA, etc., and I an trying to learn the differences between them. Is there any difference? or are they just all the same but from seperate companies?

    Any information you can provide is appreciated...

    I am still researching and searching.

    Thanks.

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    I am certified through the NSCA and I recommend if that if you trying to build a career, then go with either NSCA or ACSM. Some gyms will want two certifications unless you have either of these two.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Rodja View Post
    I am certified through the NSCA and I recommend if that if you trying to build a career, then go with either NSCA or ACSM. Some gyms will want two certifications unless you have either of these two.
    Thank you.

    Any comments on ISSA? I will look into the two you mentioned.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Rodja View Post
    I am certified through the NSCA and I recommend if that if you trying to build a career, then go with either NSCA or ACSM. Some gyms will want two certifications unless you have either of these two.
    This is good advice...I am ISSA Certified and ummmm....It's kinda useless unless you're trying to impress girls....

    I've learned more from this site than I did from the ISSA certification process....

    Not trying to knock on the ISSA or anything..they are really trying to do good things...I just feel they grant certification too easily...A certification process should set standards, and high ones at that...and I just don't think this one meets that criteria....
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    Quote Originally Posted by myfathersboy View Post
    This is good advice...I am ISSA Certified and ummmm....It's kinda useless unless you're trying to impress girls....

    I've learned more from this site than I did from the ISSA certification process....

    Not trying to knock on the ISSA or anything..they are really trying to do good things...I just feel they grant certification too easily...A certification process should set standards, and high ones at that...and I just don't think this one meets that criteria....

    Thanks, this is what I needed to hear. I got the information from from what I think is a reputable site, and your answer kind of demonstrates the site was merely selling the certification package, and may not really be standing behind the product.

    After looking into the two that Rodja sited, I think I may been investigating them more thoroughly.

    Thanks, to both. This site really does help out...
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    im reps certified its a english register a lot of english gyms want take you unless you are reps certified, but the course fees are not cheap in the thousands, only problem is i live it Holland and they do not have a clue what reps certified means.
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    Just make sure to check what the gyms take wherever you plan on working. Some are very specific. The one i work at doesnt accept ISSA, and only accepts 5 different certs.
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    Thanks for the input, it is really helping me avoid the problems...one of the reasons I love this website.


    Presently, I am leaning towards ACSM certification. I really looked into NSCA and ACSM, and ACSM appeared to be a slight bit more clear.

    Thanks again,
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    i wanta be a PT but i have a hard time paying 500 bucks for info i already know...ehehe
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    Quote Originally Posted by TexasLifter89 View Post
    late bump.... what are peoples thoughts on the National council of strength and fitness?
    I've never heard of them.
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    NFPT is an easy one and is like a weekand course.
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    Haven't heard of them, but it seems more like a crash course if its a weekend ordeal. I prefer ISSA because of how in depth it is. You get a 700+ page book from them. Now I haven't done a quick cert type thing, but I've heard from other trainers that you get a lot more info from something like ISSA than a short class.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Chubbinmuffin View Post
    Haven't heard of them, but it seems more like a crash course if its a weekend ordeal. I prefer ISSA because of how in depth it is. You get a 700+ page book from them. Now I haven't done a quick cert type thing, but I've heard from other trainers that you get a lot more info from something like ISSA than a short class.
    glad i'm not the only one that likes ISSA. i'm almost done with their PT course. and i would not say it's useless or super easy. it is quite in depth. i'm wondering if different parts of the country have different opinions on place that offer PT courses. i noticed that someone mentioned that some gyms do not take ISSA certs. just wondering......
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    Hmmm, I figured ISSA was pretty well accredited. Every gym around here recognizes it. There are other institutions that have certifications that will add to your original ISSA cert, so obviously other institutions recognize ISSA as a pretty legit institution. Also, ISSA has a ton of other certifications you can add on.

    But as you said, Lenno, it is very in depth. It could be easy if you just read the section and answer the questions, but if you really want to learn about the certification then it definitely is a great book to study. They cover everything from kinesiology to nutrition.
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    I am certified through NSCA. This cert gets mucho respect everywhere. NSCA and ACSM are definately at the top of the food chain as far as A&P and Kinesiology knowledge goes, which in the long run I think will make you a much better trainer. Both of these certs give you the knowledge to create a program for just about anybody of any fitness level. NASM, ACE and the like are recognized by most chain gyms, but in my opinion skimp bigtime on knowledge and basically just teach you a program without any how or why. If you want to be a respected independent trainer with a firm base in exercise science nothing tops NSCA or ACSM imo...
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    I looked at ISSA and at NSCA, I feel ISSA is more complete and streamlined, and probably offers a good deal more knowledge in a more desirable way. The NSCA looks good as well.

    Man I should just drop the coin on the ISSA and begin...

    Interesting to say the least. How detailed is that 700 page book? 500 bucks for the whole deal is not bad either.
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    just to make sure you're aware...

    the ISSA is not certified by the NCCA, the reason being that the certifying test is an open book online exam. Most people in the fitness industry know this and therefore don't accept this cert alone as meeting the qualifications for hire. anyways... good luck w/ your decision
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    Quote Originally Posted by Zero V View Post
    I looked at ISSA and at NSCA, I feel ISSA is more complete and streamlined, and probably offers a good deal more knowledge in a more desirable way. The NSCA looks good as well.

    Man I should just drop the coin on the ISSA and begin...

    Interesting to say the least. How detailed is that 700 page book? 500 bucks for the whole deal is not bad either.
    However, there is a reason that the NSCA is more accredited and they also have a much larger reach into the business. NSCA's exam is 40% Ex Phys, 40% program design, 10% legality, 10% special issues, IIRC. The biggest problem for most is the Ex Phys portion (e.g. actin, myosin, A&P, etc), but it is well worth it. Having the certification also displays a sense of initiative because it is one of the harder exams to pass and is also not very cheap.
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