Episode 1: Becoming a Fitness Professional- Part 1 of 2

Barry Ennis

Our first episode has everything you need to know about getting started in the industry! You can’t run before you walk, so we will start you off with the basics.

Barry Ennis

Fitness Professional

Our first episode has everything you need to know about getting started in the industry! You can’t run before you walk, so we will start you off with the basics. This includes, getting a certification and maintaining it, along with insurance options.

What You’ll Learn from this Episode:

  1. CPR/AED Certification
  2. Passing the certification exam through one of five recommended agencies: ACSM, NASM, ACE, AFFA, or NSCA.
  3. Getting your Trainer Insurance
  4. Maintaining your certification

Here’s the Complete List of Tips:

Step One: Getting CPR/ AED Certified

  1. Sign up with the American Red Cross ($90)
  2. Sign up with American Heart Association Heartsaver course($44 for First Aid/CPR/AED or $25 for CPR/AED)

Step Two: Getting Your CPT or Group Exercise Certification

1. American College of Sports Medicine (ACSM)

  1. Membership Options
  2. Certified Personal Trainer Options
  3. Exam Content Outline
  4. ACSM Study Materials
  5. ACSM Study Guide
  6. ACSM’s Manual
  7. Flashcards
  8. Sample Exam
  9. Schedule your Exam
  10. Group Exercise Instructor Options
  11. Exam Content Outline
  12. ACSM Study Materials
  13. Practice Exam
  14. Schedule your Exam

2. National Academy of Sports Medicine (NASM)

  1. Certified Personal Trainer Options
  2. Exam Content Information
  3. NASM Study Guide
  4. Another Amazing Study Guide
  5. Flashcards
  6. Sample Exam
  7. Scheduling your Exam (from NASM’s Website):
  8. Register for your exam by calling PSI/LaserGrade at 800-733-9267 (USA & Canada). You will be eligible to schedule your exam three (3) business days after signing up with NASM. To register for an exam outside of the USA & Canada, you will need to contact NASM Member Services at 800-460-6276, Option 2. Please allow 4-6 weeks for international scheduling. Students will have 180 days from sign-up date to take exam.

3. American Council on Exercise (ACE)

  1. Certified Personal Trainer Options & Study Materials
  2. Study Resources
  3. Flashcards
  4. Study Guide
  5. Schedule your Exam
  6. Group Exercise Instructor Options & Study Materials
  7. Flashcards
  8. Schedule your Exam

4. Aerobics and Fitness Association of America (AFAA)

  1. Certified Personal Trainer Info
  2. Group Exercise Instructor Options & Study Materials
  3. Flashcards

5. National Strength and Conditioning Association (NSCA)

  1. Membership Options
  2. Certified Personal Trainer Info
  3. Exam Content Outline
  4. NSCA Study Materials
  5. Flashcards
  6. Sample Exam
  7. Schedule your Exam

Step Three: Getting Trainer Insurance

Some certifying agencies offer insurance. They are listed below. If yours does not, I recommend using Philadelphia Insurance- also listed below.

1. National Academy of Sports Medicine (NASM)

  1. NASM offers Health, Liability, and Accident insurance through an external provider called InsureYourClub.com HERE

2. American Council on Exercise (ACE)

  1. ACE offers discounts on insurance, but some of the links seem to be broken. Best to call ACE and ask them what they can provide HERE

3. National Strength and Conditioning Association (NSCA)

  1. The NSCA offers liability insurance as part of their Certified Professional Membership HERE

4. Philadelphia Insurance

  1. Info on trainer and group fitness instructor insurance HERE

5. Philadelphia Insurance through IDEA Fit

  1. If you are a member of IDEA Fit you can easily apply for any kind of insurance through Philadelphia Insurance and get a great discount. You do need to pay for an IDEA membership. This is the route I’ve taken. There’s a really awesome at-a-glance view of different types of insurance available HERE
  2. They also offer insurance for health clubs and gyms. If that’s relevant to you, click HERE

Step Four: Staying Certified

To maintain your certification, you have to do two things:

  • You have to keep your CPR/ AED valid
  • You have to complete CECs or CEUs

If you don’t do these things, at the end of your certification you have to retake the exam. You don’t want to do that! All agencies generally accept the same types of things for credit, including attending relevant conferences, completing related online or in-person courses, and some webinars. Many offer courses right on their website that count as CEUs. Remember 1 CEC= 10 hours.

Here are the requirements for each agency:

  • ACE= 20 hours and $129 after two years
  • NSCA= 60 hours and $50 after two years
  • NASM= 20 hours and $99 after two years
  • ACSM= 45 hours and $30 after three years
  • AFFA= 15 hours

International Certification:

1. American College of Sports Medicine (ACSM)

2. National Academy of Sports Medicine (NASM)

3. American Council on Exercise (ACE)

4. Aerobics and Fitness Association of America (AFAA)

5. National Strength and Conditioning Association (NSCA)

 

Other References in This Episode:

1. Practice Exams

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