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Different kinds of certifications, how do I choose?

by Evie
(Florida)

Hello Everyone. I have never posted anything on this site, but I thought that this time I may be able to bring some positive comments that may help someone to make the right decision. I agree with some of the comments about the different types of certifications. I also graduated from a NPTI program in Florida. When the school open I was the second group that graduated from the school. For me doing this program has been one of the best experiences I have had in my professional life. I physically had to go to a classroom, take quizzes, tests, do presentations, train, practice in groups, design a program, and take a final exam. It was intense but it was worth it.

When I compare certifications vs the diploma that this school offers I can tell you that although a diploma may sound like is not much this program prepares Personal Trainers way, way, way better than just getting an online certification. Their goal is more on hands-on training than theory although they cover both very well. I am always surprise by the fact that a lot of facilities still blind by the fact that they still asking personal trainers that they need to have either an ACE, NSCA, ISSA or other certifications and not recognizing the validity of the NPTI programs. I am always wondering how an online certification can prove that you can master the real world challenges when training your first client if you have never been expose yourself in practicing how to design a fitness program for a client. I am not saying that you should not consider getting certified by the most recognized organizations. Actually is a good idea and it will please some fitness facilites, but your satisfaction should come from knowing that you attended a school that teaches you from A-Z and is hands-on to make sure that when you are finish with the program you are REALLY, REALLY ready to be the best Personal Trainer that you can be. Your clients will appreciate that you know what are you doing because of your training. In Florida now a lot of the facilities are more flexible and recognizing the NPTI program which I think is the best thing it has happen in a long time. Bottom line whatever school or program you may choose make sure that they provide you with hands-on experience. You will be in a better position when you go to the real world to look for a job in this field. I am actually getting ready to get my NSCA certification and I hope to pass it. I wish everyone out there the best!!!

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