NSCA-CPT or CSCS?!?!!! HELP!!!!!!!
I am an aspiring personal trainer. I have a degree in kinesiology and I don't know which to choose. CSCS, while it sounds the most prestigious, also sounds the most difficult. And it also sounds very specific in regards to mainly learning to working with high level athletes. The NSCA also seems to be a highly regarded title but more broad in the types of people you would work with.
1) Does a trainer with the CSCS cert also have enough knowledge to work with the general population of sedentary adults? (those ppl who typically need a trainer?) Or do you have to mainly focus your skills working with athletes? This population seems more difficult to get jobs...
2) Will it sounds a little easier to obtain the NSCA, would it be silly to NOT go for the CSCS since I have already gone the lengths to get a BS degree? Would it be taking a step down per se to just go for the NSCA since you just need to have completed HS?
**NOTE: I am also eventually pursuing a physical therapy degree. I am considering how these two could work together...on the one hand the NSCA might be good because it would complement my physical therapy knowledge and I could incorporate it in that setting. (especially with an elderly population if that is where I end up...) However, the CSCS cert would add variety to my skill set. (I also am very interested in sports and have coached gymnastics for ~7 years) OR, am I thinking about this way too much and either certification would look equally as good to an employer because you obtain similar knowledge....
ANY ADVISE WOULD BE FANTASTIC :)
Can I work in a gym as a personal trainer with a CSCS?
I am currently a certified athletic trainer and many of my colleagues have their CSCS. Is this a recommended certification if I would like to work as a personal trainer at a gym?
NSCA CSCS Degree Requirement
Do I have to have a degree related to fitness in order to enroll in the CSCS program? If not, then what is the need to have a degree at all?
CSCS or CPT
I am trying to decide which cert to obtain and am wondering if I should go for the NSCA CSCS or CPT? I do have a BA, but it's in an unrelated field and my knowledge of physical fitness and training is limited to what I've picked up training, running, and doing sports the past few years.
That said I am passionate about fitness and want to turn it into a career. I have the time and I believe the stamina to study for the CSCS, but to those who've been there and tested should I start with the CPT first and then work up to the other given my limited experience?
CSCS Studying Compared to NSCA-CPT
by Isaac Way
I passed the NSCA-CPT last May on my first try. I am now looking to take the CSCS. I just ordered the main book and the Exercise technique manual for a good deal on half.com
I have a BA in International Studies. So not much education in this field other than my NSCA-CPT.
I studied for the CPT by reading the book twice and marking and post-it noting a good deal. I bought the 3 practice exams and reviewed them all, 3-4 times, until I knew why the correct answers were correct. I finished by reviewing my notes in the book one more time and ordering the exam review package offered by this site.
How much harder is the CSCS going to be? From what I have read, it sounds like quite the deal.
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difficulty with college course work
Is the NSCA certification the right program for someone who seems to know all the right things about fitness programs, particularly strength training, but has difficulty with the science classes in college that are required to get a college degree in exercise science?
Have a 4 yr degree- how much time needed to study?
I have a 4 yr degree in exercise and sports science and currently working as a physical therapist. I believe I want to start with the CPT and transition into the CSCS certification. My questions are:
1)Do you think 3 months would be enough time to be successful in understanding the content and successfully passing the exam? If not, are there any other certification I should consider starting with and later transitioning into NSCA?
2)what study materials are the best to concentrate on? Does anyone have any materials they would like to sale or even donate?
3) Is there anyone with a similar career path as mine (health field) that has any advice?