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How to Obtain Your Personal Training Certification

What certification organization should I choose?

There are many reputable organizations that offer personal training certification, but the first step is always to make sure the one you choose is accredited by an independent third party, such as the National Commission for Certifying Agencies. Then, you can look at the price, whether the exam is taken online or on-location, what study materials are available, and choose the one that matches your needs. Some popular organizations include: the American College of Sports Medicine, the American Council on Exercise, and the American Fitness Professionals and Associates.

How should I prepare?

Each certification program usually offers their own study materials and courses to prepare for their specific exam, but they usually come at an additional price. If you feel as though those materials will be useful, go ahead and purchase them so you can pass your exam the first time. It will end up being cheaper in the long run than being unprepared and having to take the entire exam again. If you know someone who has already taken the personal training certification exam, you can also ask them for pointers on how to succeed.

I’ve passed the test, so what now?

Congratulations! Now you’re ready to start looking for your first job as a personal trainer. You can choose to start your own business, but most people find it easier to start off personal training for a gym, hospital, or university to gain experience and build a clientele. Then, once you’re more comfortable in this profession, you can start your own business; or you can choose to stay with a company so you can focus simply on the training instead of all the other responsibilities that come with running a business.

Last Updated: July 11, 2016

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