International Strength Training Association (ISTA)

 


ISTA Albany

International Strength Training Association

More information: ISTAcertified.org

The International Strength Training Association is recognized and approved as a full affiliate of the National Board of Fitness Examiners (NBFE)

Mission: “As a professional fitness organization, it is our intention to provide comprehensive, solid, and scientifically based information to our customers and future fitness professionals. As the best online fitness certificate, we offer customers a convenient and affordable way to earn a fitness certificate.

Provide the highest levels of integrity and honor with the educational tools and resources needed to develop and enhance performance skills for the safe and effective training of apparently healthy individuals. We are the best trainer certification, so get your career started with us today!”

Requirements:

  • Must be 18 years or older
  • CPR/AED certified

Costs:

  • Packages start at $299 or $20.75/month
Starting Costs Exam Voucher (months) Exam Duration (hours) Cert. Duration (yrs) Starting Recert Fee Hours for recert
ISSA $299 12 2 2 $99 20

National Strength and Conditioning Association (NSCA)


NSCA

National Strength and Conditioning Association (NSCA)

More information: www.nsca.com

The National Strength and Conditioning Association (NSCA) is a worldwide authority on building strength and improving conditioning with a 6,000 sq ft performance center at its headquarters to study just that. The National Strength and Conditioning Association is in the thick of it!

Mission:As the worldwide authority on strength and conditioning, we support and disseminate research-based knowledge and its practical application to improve athletic performance and fitness.”

Requirements:

  • Must be 18 years or older
  • High school diploma or GED
  • CPR/AED certified
  • Gym experience

Costs:

  • Pencil and paper exam for non-members: $370.00 to $405.00 (depending on early registration)
  • Computer exam for non-members: $420.00
  • Study Materials: $150.00 to $520.00
Starting Costs Exam Voucher (months) Exam Duration (hours) Cert. Duration (yrs) Starting Recert Fee Hours for recert
NSCA $370 N/A 3 0.5-2 $20 10-60

National Federation of Professional Trainers (NFPT)


NFPT

National Federation of Professional Trainers (NFPT)

More information:  www.nfpt.com

The National Federation of Professional Trainers (NFPT) claims to offer “one of the most affordable and convenient fitness certification processes available!” National Federation of Professional Trainers sounds pretty good then!

Mission: “Lead the personal training industry with the highest levels of integrity and honor to provide fitness trainers with the educational tools and resources needed to develop and enhance performance skills for the safe and effective training of apparently healthy individuals.”

Objectives: 

  • “To ensure an accredited and trustworthy credential with a legally defensible certification assessment
  • To provide a foundational, comprehensive, and applicable education
  • To provide an affordable, convenient and attainable certification process
  • To offer a well-respected and industry recognized Certified Personal Trainer (CPT) credential
  • To deliver certified member benefits that enhance personal trainer knowledge, outreach, and career development
  • To facilitate and encourage continuing education and specialty training for improved trainer proficiency”

Requirements:

  • Must be 18 years or older
  • High school diploma or GED
  • Gym experience

Costs:

  • Exam: $329.00
  • Standard study package with exam: $479.00
  • Premier study package with exam: $569.00
Starting Costs Exam Voucher (months) Exam Duration (hours) Cert. Duration (yrs) Starting Recert Fee Hours for recert
NFPT $329 12 2 2 $85 20

National Exercise Trainers Association (NETA)


NETA

National Exercise Trainers Association

More information: www.netafit.org

National Exercise Trainers Association (NETA) is recognized at over 18,000 fitness facilities and there trainers are known for being, “personable, approachable, and dedicated to making fitness training practical and enjoyable.”

Mission: “NETA is an education and training organization for fitness professionals. NETA is dedicated to offering cost effective certification programs and continuing education that teach concepts and theories of health and fitness. We emphasize practical application of these concepts as they relate to fitness leadership. We believe it is important to offer education, hands-on training and certification to all who are interested and in this way help improve the quality of fitness instruction to the public.”

National Exercise Trainers Association Requirements:

  • Must be 18 years or older
  • CPR/AED certified
  • Gym experience

National Exercise Trainers Association Costs:

  • Exam: $299.00
  • Study Materials: $369.00 and up
  • Workshops: $399.00 to $459.00 (depending on time of registration)
Starting Costs Exam Voucher (months) Exam Duration (hours) Cert. Duration (yrs) Starting Recert Fee Hours for recert
NETA $369 N/A 1.5 2 $45 20

National Exercise and Sports Trainer Association (NESTA)


NESTA

National Exercise and Sports Trainer Association  NESTA

More information: www.nestacertified.com

National Exercise and Sports Trainer Association (NESTA) offers the only 4-year personal trainer certification in the industry.

Mission: “Recognize individuals who are qualified to provide personal training services to the public and who will strive to set a positive example for professionals in the industry. Recognize those individuals who continue to demonstrate their qualifications through adherence to the standards, professional behavior and compliance with the continuing education requirements for National Exercise and Sports Trainer Association’s  Certified Personal Fitness Trainer program.”

Requirements:

  • Must be 18 years or older
  • High school diploma or GED
  • CPR certified (after May 1, 2014)
  • Gym experience

Costs:

  •  Exam and study materials: $499.00
Starting Costs Exam Voucher (months) Exam Duration (hours) Cert. Duration (yrs) Starting Recert Fee Hours for recert
NESTA $499 3 2 4 $149 40

National Council of Strength and Fitness (NCSF)


NCSF

National Council of Strength and Fitness

More information: www.ncsf.org

The National Council of Strength and Fitness (NCSF) is governed by a Board for Certification which serves as the governing authority and it sets regulatory standards, promotes professional advocacy, and oversees legislative activity. National Council of Strength and Fitness also offers military discounts.

Mission: “To establish, assess and promote standards for fitness professionals in a continued effort to foster a high level of professional competency and ethical practice to serve the public’s’ interest.”

Exam Prep pdf

Requirements:

  • Must be 18 years or older
  • High school diploma or GED
  • Gym experience

Costs:

  • Exam: $199.00
  • Study Materials: $299.00 to $523.00
  Starting Costs Exam Voucher (months) Exam Duration (hours) Cert. Duration (yrs) Starting Recert Fee Hours for recert
NCSF $299 12 3 2 $35 10

National Academy of Sports Medicine (NASM)


NASM

National Academy of Sports Medicine

More information: www.nasm.org

National Academy of Sports Medicine (NASM) is a global leader in delivering evidence-based certifications and advanced credentials fitness professionals.

Mission: “The National Academy of Sports Medicine BOC and Certification Advisory Council are dedicated to ensure public health and safety by awarding credentials to qualified professionals that demonstrate competence through a system of certification and continuing education programs.”

Purpose: “The National Academy of Sports Medicine BOC and Certification Advisory Council provide certification programs for entry-level and advanced practitioners in the sports medicine, performance enhancement and health and fitness industries.”

Requirements:

  •  Must be 18 years or older
  • CPR/AED certified
  • Gym experience

Costs:

  • Self-study course and exam: $699.00
  • Self-study with live workshop and exam: $849.00
  • Online class and exam: $999.00

 

Starting Costs Exam Voucher (months) Exam Duration (hours) Cert. Duration (yrs) Starting Recert Fee Hours for recert
NASM $699 6 2 2 $99 20

 

International Fitness Professionals Association (IFPA)


IFPA

International Fitness Professionals Association

More information: www.ifpa-fitness.com

The International Fitness Professionals Association (IFPA) was founded by Dr. Jim Bell and now has over 300,000 certified fitness professionals

Mission: “The International Fitness Professionals Association is devoted to offering the highest quality learning experiences to individuals aiming to improve their lifestyle, and those aiming to improve the lifestyles of others. Our educational opportunities provide only the most practical and scientifically based health and fitness information that can be directly applied to “real life” experiences. It is with this dedication that the IFPA is committed to being the lifelong exercise and training resource to the entire fitness community.”

Vision: “To train individuals to become leaders in the fitness industry, in order to assist every person throughout the world in leading the health and fitness lifestyle.”

International Fitness Professionals Association Requirements:

  •  Must be 18 years or older
  • CPR/AED certified
  • Gym experience

International Fitness Professionals Association Costs:

  •  Exam/study materials (dependent on package) range from $399.00 to $999.00

 

Starting Costs Exam Voucher (months) Exam Duration (hours) Cert. Duration (yrs) Starting Recert Fee Hours for recert
IFPA $399 6 1.75 1-2 $25 12-24

 

The Cooper Institute (CI)


CI

The Cooper Institute

More information: www.cooperinstitute.org

The Cooper Institute was founded by “the father of aerobics” Dr. Kenneth H. Cooper and is involved in research and youth and adult fitness innovation.

Mission: “The Cooper Institute is dedicated to scientific research in the field of preventive medicine and public health and communicating the results of research to the scientific and medical communities as well as to the general public.”

Core Values:

Integrity

  • Ethics are not optional
  • We use our resources responsibly

Respect

  • Diverse people and ideas are respected

Teamwork

  • We seek productive partnerships
  • We share in successes and challenges

Leadership

  • We lead by example
  • We promote healthful lifestyles for ourselves and others
  • We encourage creative and visionary thinking

Knowledge

  • Knowledge is our asset
  • We are always learning, always growing
  • Our work can make a difference in the quality of life for many

Requirements:

  • Must be 18 years or older
  • CPR/AED certified
  • Gym experience

Costs:

  • Live Course: $595.00
  • Online Course with Exam: $899.00
  • Exam: $289.00
Starting Costs Exam Voucher (months) Exam Duration (hours) Cert. Duration (yrs) Starting Recert Fee Hours for recert
CI $595 N/A 2 3 $49 30

American Fitness Professionals and Associates (AFPA)


AFPA

American Fitness Professionals and Associates

More information: www.afpafitness.com

American Fitness Professionals and Associates (AFPA) offers many services for veterans and current service members. American Fitness Professionals and Associates is here to help!

Mission: “To provide students with an affordable education that gives them the knowledge, skills and awareness necessary to enhance their own lives, the lives of others, and the community at large through innovative program design, teaching, research and service focused on the professional practice of fitness, wellness, nutrition, health and physical education.”

American Fitness Professionals and Associates Requirements:

  • Must be 18 years or older
  • CPR/AED certified
  • Gym experience

American Fitness Professionals and Associates Costs:

  • Online exam: $395.00
  • Mail-in exam: $425.00
Starting Costs Exam Voucher (months) Exam Duration (hours) Cert. Duration (yrs) Starting Recert Fee Hours for recert
AFPA $395 12 N/A 2 N/A 16