I am interested in specialty certs through NASM or ACE. Is one more updated and organized then the other?
I am currently certified personal trainer through AFAA, but have since learned they are not ncca certified. So I am considering ACE or NASM. NASM because they have payment plans and look pretty organized. ACE because I have always liked them and their classes but they have changed alot recently and I am reconsidering.
Thank you for your interest in ACE Specialty Certifications. We'd love to answer any questions you have about our specialty certifications as well as ACE as an organization.
Here's the link to our Specialty Certification page: http://www.acefitness.org/getcertified/specialty-certifications.aspx
As you can see, we have a number of specialty certifications to choose from based on your interests and desired career path. Please not that these are intended to complement the education you already have and not replace any of our NCCA-accredited certifications.
Please let us know if you have any questions for us. We're also interested in hearing what has caused you to reconsider choosing ACE.
Feel free to call us at 1-888-825-3636.
I'm sure ACE is excellent, but I'm most familiar with NASM, and have just completed the NASM Senior Fitness Specialist program. It was really great, and from what I can tell, has a strong reputation for overall breadth and depth among many in the healthcare field. I spoke to several within a large senior residential care company, and all recognized the NASM SFS certification.
I hold three specialty certifications with NASM (CES, FNS and WFS), and all of them were excellent in the material provided and the organisation of the course.
I have recently signed up for the Mind/Body specialty from ACE and have voiced by disappointment with it on this forum. I have been in contact with ACE about it, and they were very receptive to my points. Based on that one experience, I would probably look at NASM first for another specialty.
I really encourage you to earn the NCCA accredited ACE Personal Trainer certification. You will not be disappointed with your decision. Then after that, you might consider earning speciality certifications.
As an ACE certified professional you will have access to the many resources in terms of education and professional growth. Too, the moment you earn your ACE Group Fitness or Personal Trainer Certification, your credential will be verifiable on this portal.
I do like the NASM and hold their credentials, however, the organization lacks the resources fitness professionals need.
You won't be disappointed with ACE.
What type of specialties are you interested in? You might want to check NSCA as well.
I completed the Health Coach certification through ACE and I was very pleased with my experience. ACE has been on my radar since the very beginning of my fitness career, and I can always count on them for good information. When I had questions regarding the certification, I found everyone I interacted with to be very helpful, professional, and efficient. The study materials are well organized and the overall content is thorough.
Also, I agree with Joanne, ACE has a wealth of resources for your own enrichment, for your clients, and for the general public, which is a huge plus.
I'm in the process of attaining the CES certification through NASM and I agree with you, the payment plan is very helpful. I wish ACE had this type of program. My only complaint with NASM so far is that there was a bit of disorganization regarding my order and being able to access my online materials, but it was corrected. The course materials seem thorough so far, so I hope to be pleased with this experience, also.
Maybe you should take some time to speak to a representative from each organization, ask questions, and see which one feels right in your gut.
I find it worthwhile. There are videos that correspond with each chapter in the book and a review guide. There are very good instructional videos of the exercise programs.
Below is a link which can help you with your question:
I hope this helps.
Which is not as important as what you do after taking the course. The more you research and work on your CECs, the better prepared you will be to keep up with the ever changing fitness profession.