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?
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!
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.
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.
Harris Sophocleous, CSCS
Other than that, congrats on getting certified and good luck on the job front.
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?