Is the accreditation of a certification exam enough, or should a fitness certifier also have what it teaches accredited?
AFAA has posted an article on its IDEA blog (also avail here: http://americanfitness.squarespace.com/education-evaluation/) As fellow fitness professionals, what are your thoughts as we seek to better position ourselves within the healthcare continuum and provide better outcomes to those that come to us for help? Is the accreditation of a written certification exam by a well-known accreditor enough, or should we strive for a more comprehensive approach that also includes accredited education and practical examination in addition to the completion of a written exam as part of the certification process?
We need to have not only a written component but a practical portion that is very comprehensive as well.
There are virtually NO regulations on this industry as is being evidenced by the steady stream
and influx of "new" programs that require a "certification" from the said program owner.
I think ALL instructors regardless of what they teach,this includes, ZUMBA, CROSSFIT, BAR METHOD etc, should be required to hold a nationally ranked certification as well as the certification of the class they teach.