ACE or ACSM?
Hi. I am from India. I am already a qualified Level 2 in FI and Level 3 in Nutrition and weight mgmt advisor with Lifetime training, UK in 2011. Now, I am looking for Personal trainer course but not sure about chosing the right cert. provider to start with (ACE or ACSM). Any suggestions...
Both are great certifications. Below is an interesting link I found which you can go over and decide for yourself:
For what it's worth, I know some trainers in Greece who are ACE certified and they are very happy with their certification. Good luck to you which ever way you decide to go.
As an aside, I lived in India (Chennai and Hyderabad) for 2 years from 2003-2005 and found the fitness industry to be a young but growing one. It's good to hear that you are so well certified and trained, best of luck to you in your future endeavors.
We maintain a strong reputation in the fitness industry and are the only certification organization to have 4 NCCA accreditations. Additionally, as a non-profit, our decisions are always made around what's best for our pros and we are always looking for ways to ensure that your certification holds its value for a lifetime.
We suggest taking a look at the Certification Comparison Chart that Harris shared with you in his message. This chart will help you decide which certification organization best fits your needs.
To support you while you prepare for your exam, we offer a ton of great resources, including our ACE Resource Center which is staffed with study coaches, our Study Center Facebook page where we offer study tips, helpful articles, and live Q&A sessions with our candidates, and study aids that will guide you through the materials and help you focus on the content that you will find on the exam. Feel free to check out our Study Center Facebook page here: www.facebook.com/ACEfitnessStudyCenter
We also offer a number of Continuing Education options for when you become certified. We suggest taking a look at all of these opportunities here: http://www.acefitness.org/continuingeducation/default.aspx
Please let us know if you have any questions about ACE after taking a look at this information. Thank you!
I have my certification through ACSM. I have found it very easy to find work as a personal trainer with this certification as people have the highest respect for the organization. What makes ACSM unique above many of the other certification is that it is an organization comprised of not only personal trainers but doctors, kinesiologists and exercise physiologists who are highly educated and respected. Having exposure to that level of knowledge and professionalism has been a bonus to my career.
I am ACSM certified. Both certifications are great. However, I have found that the ACSM certification seems to pull more "weight" in the medical job arena, and the ACE certification seems to pull more "weight" in the gym job arena.
Hospitals, clinics, rehab centers... tend to look for professionals with ACSM because they require a college degree in exercise science or something similar in order to qualify to take any of their exams. In those working environments, the professional would have to work with many individuals who are not "apparently healthy", so they are required to know a little more anatomy, physiology, biomechanics....& take more careful steps. As far as I know, ACSM is the only organization that requires a degree to qualify to take their exams.
From what I've experienced and heard from others, gyms always seem to ask for an ACE cert first as it is their known gold standard. ACE is great and focuses heavily on fitness. In the gym working environment most individuals you'll interact with are "apparently healthy". You'll still have to be mindful of their fitness level, but you don't have to be as rigid and careful.
NCSA's CSCS also requires a four year degree, and tends to be more sports oriented.