CanFitPro and GoodLife Health Clubs
CanFitPro is the most recognized across Canada because it is owned/operated by the same people that own/operate GoodLife health clubs. They NEED people trained--QUICKLY--because they go through them quickly. You don't have to know a lot to be one of their trainers because their emphasis is on SELLING training to people versus a true concern to help people meet their health goals.
It was noted that at least you can be working with people while you are getting advanced certification, this is true. Please note however that "working with people" at GoodLife/this level of certification really means putting them on machines for the "Fit Fix." They don't do any pre-screening or postural/muscle imbalances before putting people on the 6 machine program "that is tailor made for you." Therefore you're only re-enforcing and exaggerating a problem that may already exist--basically helping them hurt themselves quicker.
Let's face it, the majority of people (going to GL) that would need your help are elderly, special population, "newbies" and/or rehab- knee/back/shoulder injuries (2 out of 3 are in the last category). Using THAT profile as your starting point, is CanFitPro certification really helping ANYBODY?
Elderly people need help with balance and such, not sitting on a machine. Special populations will require special knowledge of their condition and usually equipment other than machines to recover them; same with rehab patients. Machines are not bad; you just have to get people to a healthy state before throwing them on a routine that is good for the average person. Start working only with CanFitPro certification and you will QUICKLY discover how much you DON'T know and it will probably discourage you from continuing in this area.
Don't be in a rush to "get on the floor training." Would you want a medical student just "diving in" and operating just because "they love medicine?" If you REALLY are serious about training, check out all the different types of training--from sports to rehab to prenatal, etc.. guerrilla training.. Olympic lifting.. Whatever. There is SO much out there that your $500 would be better used than CanFitPro certification.