Formal academic training is required to be a professional
I think all personal trainers should have formal academic training from a college or university in the subject matter by qualified educators. 6 weeks is not enough time to be a professional and I don't agree with becoming a professional and then learn what you should know in the first place. Continuing education is part of all professions. I don't know how personal trainers can justify calling themselves a PT with so little knowledge. This is a disservice to those of us who have an education, who are professionals and take this industry seriously.
CanFitPro is the most recognized certification in Canada because they basically certify everyone with whatever background, made a lot of money and did an excellent job in marketing. I believe their trainers are a risk to the public and the increasing injuries will prove this some day.
Professional Certifications in Canada
Lets all just face the truth! If you want to call yourself a PROFESSIONAL and make personal training your career then you need to have an academic background (college/university) in the related subject matter. In addition to other skills that make a good personal trainer ie motivator, high energy, good communication skills, etc.
What Physio or Nurse do you know obtained their training over a weekend? Even a hair stylist has to complete a longer training program than a few weekends, so why do we accept these low standards from certifying bodies?! Eventually someone has to be accountable for this low standard of training. Our biggest concern becomes one of safety ie risk of injury for the public rather than the focus of helping Canadians become more active for their health.
Of course there are always going to be people who choose the shortest, easiest route in life. No way to police that. Where there is a will there is a way! They find it and there are organizations that provide the open door for these individuals.
Whether you are a client looking for a personal trainer or someone who wishes to become certified, do your homework, be educated about the lack of standards in this industry. Make the right choice.
I am not in support of these low standards and I challenge all of you in the health and fitness industry to help raise the bar for a healthy Canada!