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acsm vs ace and issa

by Trish
( Columbus,Ohio)

I am a stay home mom with a background as a clinical health care provider. I am looking to certify. ACSM seems the obvious choice because of my background.

However I have to ask, if ACE is perceived as a joke or "the easiest" certification, why is it that it seems to be the one that most people have? And seem to be working?

In the end does it come down to your practical work experience or are these certifications actually educating you in your field or are they just validation?

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by: Karen

They're all basically just validation, but you'll learn some things you didn't already know. This is only if you have been training and self-educating yourself for a considerable amount of time already.

ACSM carries alot of weight- many people not in the medical field, are nervous of it and go for other more "laymen" certifications. The ACSM-CPT may not be much more difficult then the others that have the same background requirements, but the nervousness is still there with this one.

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ACSM cert
by: wendy

I am currently looking for another certification because the ACSM I am currently studying for is RIDICULOUS! Why do I need to know how to read an ECG?! there are NUMEROUS things in the test prep study materials that i find arbitrary to get my PT cert. I have a BS in health and a minor in bio and I every time i pick the book up i feel as if it's written in a different language! If you'd like my study materials I'll be happy to offload them to you at a great price because I intend to get certified through another group. I'm in over my head!

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