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Community College vs Personal Training School

by Chris
(Cincinnati Ohio USA)

I was wondering if anyone had an opinion on which would be better; going to a personal training school or getting a certificate or degree at a community college for personal training/health and fitness. My dilemma is there is an NPTI two hours away from where I currently live and I've heard good things about their 500 hour program. Or go to a local community college that offers a 13 credit hour personal training certificate that includes cpr/first aid/aed certifications along with some other classes. I have no problem moving closer to the personal training school if those have a better reputation, but if there isn't much of a difference on outcome I'd just stay here. Any help would be appreciated. Thanks!

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college dude!
by: Tim L

Nothing, I repeat nothing is better than actual training from an accredited college. I have 2 degrees and 10 hours toward a Phd in wellness....what gives me more credence? That? Or an ACE or similiar certificate? Think about it.


A certificate allows to work but a college degree gives you more knowledge and credibility.

Get a degree from College and get a Certification.

more info requested
by: Anonymous

I am also considering a community college versus a specific personal trainer program. The replies to this original question from Chris in Ohio seemed to refer to colleges that actually offer degrees, not certifications only... So, is it better to attend a Community college and get a certificate, Or attend a specific personal training school??

The training schools offer many different options, so maybe even though it is more expensive, it appears that it gets one further down the road with certifications, job placement, and included CPR, etc.

Your thoughts???

Same here
by: Anonymous

Someone please answer the post above. I am in the exact same dilemma.

someone answer
by: christina

yes i am in the dilemma of of choosing a community college certificate program or not as well. can someone explain the advantages and disadvantages?

College or just PT Cerificat?
by: Ben

You'll get the best possible answer to your question from Eric Cressey in his article
Is an Exercise Science Degree Really Worth It? – Part 1. Here is the link:
This is part one and there is a part 2 on the same website.
Best wishes,

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