Tuesday, September 30, 2014

How to Become a Personal Trainer: Certifications Part 3




If you’ve read our certification series in order, you know that we’ve covered ACE and NASM certifications. Today, we are rounding out our three best personal training certifications.

Featured Certification #3: National Strength and Conditioning Association (NSCA)

Widely recognized as a top authority on strength and conditioning, the NSCA has been a leader in the fitness industry for over 35 years. According to nsca.com, “Since its inception, the NSCA has grown to nearly 30,000 members in 72 countries and become the leader in the research and education of strength and conditioning professionals.”

Under the NSCA, there are four popular, respected training certifications.  

Certified Strength and Conditioning Specialist® (CSCS®):
Specifically designed for those who want to work with athletes, trainers with CSCS certifications are able to conduct “sport-specific” sessions, train to avoid sports injury, and offer sports nutrition counsel. The primary objective of a CSCS trainer is to improve the athletic performance.

Certified Special Population Specialist® (CSPS®):
CSPS was developed to accommodate the needs of those living with chronic or temporary health issues. It teaches instructors how to improve the overall health of pregnant and postpartum women, those with a range of illnesses and disabilities, as well as youth and older adults.

NSCA-Certified Personal Trainer® (NSCA-CPT®):
The most self explanatory, the NSCA-CPT is a great launching point for industry newcomers. It teaches how to properly build training programs, react in emergency situations, and deliver the results clients are seeking. This is a great fitness certification as you begin to build a training business.

Tactical Strength and Conditioning-Facilitators (TSAC-F):
The final NSCA training certification trains military, law enforcement and emergency personnel in hopes of improving their work performance and overall health, and decreasing work-related injuries.

Like the NASM and ACE fitness certification, NSCA requires continuing education and recertification. Every three years, trainers must recertify by demonstrating their knowledge is current and up to date.

Depending on the certification you are working to attain, exam registrations range from $250 to $395. NSCA members can receive discounted exams, study materials and more.

For more information on certifications from the National Strength and Conditioning Association, visit the NSCA website at www.ncsa.com.


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