Question asked by SCOTT CLARK 2838 days ago

Are additional certifications valuable to a new entry in the industry?

I received my personal trainer certification through ACE a couple of months ago. I've been seeking employment but have found little in the way of openings. I was wondering if additional certifications in areas that interest me would be worthwhile. I was looking into Crossfit and Combine360. Does anyone have any input on those or other suggestions?


Answers (8)

Answered by Sue D'Alonzo 2838 days ago
What are your business goals? What do you want to do? Do you want to be a personal trainer and work one on one? or do you want to teach a pre designed workout that Crossfit will give you and implement it for the masses?, after paying a large sum of money to become "certified with Crossfit?"

Certifications don't make the trainer.

Getting into some sort of internship ,an entry level job at a gym, starting a small group program at your local YMCA, marketing what you love to do, fine tuning your desires, gaining business knowledge and working "odd hours" may sound daunting but it takes more than just getting an ACE certification for doors to open

Keep trying, and don't get discouraged!
Answered by LaRue Cook 2838 days ago
Hi Scott. Congrats on getting your ACE certification. I know that this is probably not what you want to hear, but in the grand scheme of things, a couple of months after receiving your initial certification is not a long time so hang in there! If you are talking to potential employers and they do not have openings, the first question is "is it because you ONLY have a personal training certification (in other words, would they have an opening if you had an additional certification? If so, what is it that they are looking for? This will give you insight into whatever 'other' cert you may want to look at. If the answer is "no" they still have no opening for you even with a different certification, then my question would be "why get one?"). Additional certifications "may" help from time-to-time (for example if it's in a specialty that's in high demand), but not always. Having a general certification in personal training should make you marketable, it just may take a little time.

Keep searching, and if you find that potential employers are asking "do you have X certification" then, and only then would I consider possibly going for another cert.

Good luck!

Answered by Karin Singleton 2838 days ago
Hi Scott,

congratulations on your personal trainer certification. It is only a starting point in a lifelong journey of learning.

While the number of certifications do not necessarily make the trainer, they do demonstrate that you are widening and deepening your knowledge. If Crossfit or Combine 360 are your thing, that is one option. If you want to focus on personal training, then some form of coaching or post-rehabilitation certification is not a bad idea.

Susan's advice on possible starting points is excellent.
Answered by Harris Sophocleous 2831 days ago
Congratulations on your certification and welcome to our community! I agree with the above answers. If I were you, I would start with an internship or paid position at a YMCA so you can gain experience by working with a diverse group of clients with different needs and at varying fitness levels, ages, etc. No one certification will make you a better trainer; only experience will do that. Learning how to communicate with clients (active listening, giving constructive feedback and encouragement) and finding out their goals and what's important to them is key, as is designing the right programs for them. Once you're comfortable training one client, try training 2, then 3, and work your way up to training groups. In my opinion, this is where our industry is headed. Before you move into providing high-intensity workouts such as Crossfit or Combine360, I recommend leading some boot camp-style classes first if that's the direction you want to go in. Additional certifications like Crossfit are expensive, so be sure you understand anatomy and physiology as well as the philosophy behind the program. If you follow Crossfit, you know lots of injuries have occurred as a result of trainers not understanding these principles. Be patient, learn from others (and from your own mistakes), and know your limits so you can improve as a trainer. Best of luck!

Harris Sophocleous, CSCS
As I was going through school, my professor said that many of the potential employers she talked to were asking for group certified and personal trainer certified. The trainers I know who are group certified have gotten jobs much faster than those of us with just a CPT Cert. So you might want to look into the group certification.
Other than that, congrats on getting certified and good luck on the job front.
Answered by JaCory Marshall 2695 days ago
Congrats and welcome to the fitness world. I would say to not worry about other certs just yet but do continue education. Gain a great understanding of what you just obtained and master that before continuing. Having a lot of certs in the end is just wasting more money when you can just focus on being a master in a couple of areas. Hope this helps.
Answered by Martin Petrofes 1712 days ago
Continuing education is essential. I would look into what is currently in demand in your area. This would include visiting potential places where you could work and asking them what types of instructors they are looking for and what certifications would be required.

As far as employment opportunities, I would recommend making your own opportunities happen for you. Let all of you friends and family know that you are looking for clients. If you are working with a few clients, let them know you are looking as well.

It has been a while since you posted this. How are things going?
Answered by Martin Petrofes 1062 days ago
To anyone who has come across this question and looking for some suggestions. Working for yourself can be fantastic. I have lived and worked in Ohio, Florida, Colorado, And Hawaii as a fitness instructor. It has been awesome. But it was not always easy. And I pretty much had to supplement my income with a part time job in the beginning of every relocation so I wouldn't have to drain my savings. But sticking with it has always paid off. Believe in yourself and become a student of fitness.

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