Do you/your facility pay for staff certifications and/or continuing education?
I'm considering expanding what our company provides to Certified Personal Trainers. Currently, we require staff to pay for their own certifications and continuing education. We do offer continuing education on site, for no cost to them. I was wondering what other policies are out there. If you/your facility pay for certifications, what % is covered? Additionally, what are some of the requirements from staff after having this paid for (ex. must stay for 6 months, work x amount of hours, etc).
there club where I teach does not offer any contributions towards certifications, renewals and continued education. However, they make an effort for continued education providers to come on site. That is often discounted for the staff but only because of the organization that provides the CeCs.
Many years ago (last millennium) there was an annual subsidy of $150.
We ended up not reimbursing staff for certifications. I wish I had more information for you. We basically took the easy option, which was the status quo.
So, even though you appear to be spending money, in the long run you are likely to actually make more money. And think about it, if you have better trained, happier staff, you will be able to offer better classes and better client experiences. So word will get around that your gym has a great atmosphere and awesome classes. Your gym kicks all the other gyms butts and your staff is totally committed. Even if you don't make a big bag of extra cash, you will have made your staffs lives a bit easier. And that will also make you a more compasionate boss.