Re-certifying after expiration, what's the best option?
I have a degree in Physical Education and a diploma in Personal Fitness Training, for a total of 5 years of post-secondary education. I have since pursued a career in athletic training for a few years, until I realized the future career prospects in that field we're very bleak. I'm now returning to Personal Training, but in order to qualify for insurance, I need to re-certify with some basic, worthless, BS, money-grab, expiry-limited, certification. I have held numerous certifications in Alberta, which are all expired. Is my degree and diploma not enough to qualify?
I have many years of experience, a masters degree sixteen verifiable certifications and many that are not verifiable on this portal.
When I moved to Italy, all that didn't matter. I had to acquire a very basic credential in order to become employed and to get insurance.
Sometimes it is inconvenience to play by the rules, however, from the description you give of yourself you sound like you know your stuff.
Regarding the "expiry-limited" description of personal trainer credentials. I know with all of my credentials the limited certification period allows the fitness professional to attend workshops and conferences where one can expand upon the knowledge that they have acquired and earn continuing education credits towards the credential they've earned. From my perspective, that is the beauty of the credential. Having said that, this depends upon the credential that you've earned.
Here is what I would suggest--being that you have earned your degree in PE and have experience as an athletic trainer, I would highly suggest that you earn NSCA Certified Strength and Conditioning Specialist credential. I believe that is right up your alley. Even more so, it is not "basic, worthless, money-grabbing or full of BS. Having taken and passed the exam I can assure you that this exam will test your knowledge of anatomy, physiology and exercise science as it relates to sports conditioning.
The National Strength and Conditioning Association is the authority on anything related to sports conditioning. They are the heartbeat all things related to strength and sports conditioning.
What is even more you can become a member and receive their research-based periodicals. The submissions come from individuals who hare pursuing their graduate or terminal degrees in strength and sports conditioning. They send their journal out internationally.
Too, once you earn their credential, you can purchase insurance directly through them. No need to even search. The moment your certificate arrives all the information relating to purchasing insurance will be included.
NSCA Certified Strength and Conditioning Specialists can recertify with distinction and be recognized as professionals who value education and professional growth.
I sure hope this has been of help to you and wish you the best in whatever you decide.
Good luck! With your background and experience, you should not have a problem.
I hope that this helps.
Good luck, Daniel
Years ago, when there were no professional standards fitness instructors oftne were just people who thought they knew how to teach others. Our certifications now represent proof of at least a minimum amount of effort to prove our abilities. I certainly consider this to be extremely important. Just as I want my doctor, dentist, physical therapist, massage therapist, etc. to be board certified, I also want anyone providing fitness advice and instruction to be board certified and insured.