But NCCA is not the only accreditation. ISSA seems to be bucking the trend by pursuing accreditation through a CHEA (Council on Higher Education) and the U.S. DOE (Department of Education) approved accrediting body. While these accreditations may be meaningful, perceptions in the industry is what really counts. And currently, NCCA is the main accreditation.
If you plan on working for yourself, don't want to spend a lot of time or money, or are unsure if personal training is going to be your career, you can safely choose one of the non-NCAA accredited programs from our free online personal training certification database.
This page contains only Non-NCCA accredited courses. You can also view pages on NCCA accredited, a summary of online course options, as well as our complete summary of all certification programs in our free online personal training certification database.
Each of the links in our free online personal training certification table will take you to our information page for each program.
Updated: September 2016
While I have made every effort to ensure the accuracy of this free online personal training certification comparison table, please let me know if you think there are any mistakes. Organizations offer many similar programs and options. All of my information and cost estimates are based upon the base personal trainer certifications.
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