Recommended Accredited/Recognized Organizations:
Accreditation basically means that the programs have passed the rigorous guidelines of an accreditation board like the National Board of Fitness Examiners (NBFE), National Commission of Certifying Agencies (NCCA), European Health and Fitness Association (EHFA)…etc. or are at least recognized by them.
These guidelines make sure that the program teaches many aspects of being a personal trainer: not only exercise and physiology but also business practices and legal issues. Here is a short list of a few, make sure the one you choose is from an trusted organization. If the course seems too easy to be true, it probably is!
Click the images below or the acronym in the table to get the rundown on the 13 recommended accredited and gym accepted organizations. You can find out there certification cost, course duration, and requirements (Note: gym experience is not necessarily required but highly recommended and all most all require the exam being taken at a certified testing center)!
|Starting Costs||Exam Voucher (months)||Exam Duration (hours)||Cert. Duration (yrs)||Starting Recert. Cost||Hours for recert.|
*Hours for recert: Means the hours of continuing education credits you need to be able to become re-certified without having to take the entire course/exam over.