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Certification Comparison

Non-NCCA Accredited online courses personal trainer

 

Does NCCA Accreditation matter?

It depends on what you want to do with your certification. If you just want to work as an employee at a gym, the NCCA accredited programs will be the safest bet for you.


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.

ISSA AFAA
Certification Certified Fitness Trainer (CFT) Personal Trainer
Established 1988
 
Workshop length 2 days 3 days
Workshop Availability US major cities
Program Cost $754 $469
Materials cost Included $59
Industry recognition Med-High Med
NCCA accredited No No
Prerequisites High School Diploma, 18 years old, Adult CPR/AED Certificate Unavailable
Exam Questions 168
Exam Time
Exam Cost Included Included
Retest Cost one free online, $149 at seminar, ($50 charge for each additional attempt)
Exam deadline 2 years
Exam locations Online plus Major U.S. cities
Time to Complete (Approx.) 13 to 16 weeks
Recertification every 2 years yes
Recertification Cost (Approx.) $600 (20 CEU and $75 fee) $600

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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