What do you think about the move to make Personal Trainers licensed by individual states?
There is a movement nationwide to require Personal Trainers to become licensed by either a Health Occupation Board or other Licensing Board in a number of states. Do you think this is a good idea? What qualifications would you require for licensing?
Now, I believe there there needs to be higher standards, however, I don't believe that personal trainers needs to be licensed if they are working ONLY with people who are healthy. Healthy people exercise and play on their own. I don't see why a personal trainer would need a license to train someone who is healthy.
I feel differently if the person is presenting with disease. I feel strongly that the personal trainer should be in a position to explain the pathophysiology of the disease as well as the exercise response in a person who has a diagnosed clinical disease.
If you are not willing to invest in your career, you should not be doing what you are doing. FInd something you are passionate enough about that you don't do things because they are "required" or will get you more $$$. When you do something you are passionate about, the money will follow.
License is a good idea, but, I am afraid it won't completely weed out people who should not be doing what they are doing.
I believe currently the American College of Sports Medicine Health/Fitness Specialist is where the standard should start. Could most trainers meet that standard currently, no, but if they did our industry would receive a lot of respect.
It may seem extreme but hair grows back, we are working with someone's health both physically and mentally, and often with young people. We can do a great deal of damange. As a coach and trainer I have always lived by the saying, "with great power comes great responibility"
I cringe more often than not these days at what I witness in gyms.
My biggest complaint is as others have stated, anyone can call themselves a personal trainer. and could be certified but by whom?
I am most bothered by the sub fitness industries such as Cross Fit ans Zumba that "certifiy" within.
How would being licensed change things? Who would be looking over our shoulders? Who decides the "higher standards" and how will they get implemented.
Who's going to make sure I'm following proper proticol when I am doing my in home training?
I am for better guidelines and higher standards, but who, how, when?
Just too many joke certifications out there that we as professionals may recognize, but average joe will not.
When someone can become certified without even reading the questions on an exam (see link below), there is a serious problem with credentialing in the industry that needs to be addressed yesterday.
However as previously stated some vocations like a Phlebotomist, and EKG Technician and a Certified Nurses Aid that don't require licensing. You have to look at the job requirements, skillset needed to perform that position. Which then determines if licensing is required.
A skill required by professions such as physiotherapy, nursing, medicine, law, occupational and speech therapy, dentistry all require such that, comprehensive education and a national board licensure exam(except for attorneys who take a bar). Indicating that they have met all the requirements to perform such skill that is earned.
Therefore, I believe there is no magic solution. However, we have to look at the "big picture."
However, when a personal trainer is making $50, $60, $70/hr or more without a degree or significant knowledge on how the human body works, energy systems utilized, muscles contracted, prior injuries...Having regulating is the way to go and it is on the way here in DC which will affect all states.
So at the end of the day, the more knowledge you have, the MORE IT WILL HELP YOU!!!!
The profession of personal training needs a major face lift.