IDEA Personal Fitness Trainer Recognition System Hailed As Industry Breakthrough
Many personal trainers seem to agree. Over 1,300 trainers from all 50 states and eight countries now participate in this program. This new industry standard is designed to benefit consumers seeking qualified personal trainers as well as trainers working to develop a successful career path.
“Personal training has experienced tremendous growth over the past several years, with an estimated 100,000 personal trainers active in the United States and a training base of more than four million clients,” says Kathie Davis, Executive Director of IDEA Health & Fitness Association. “There are, however, two primary problems confronting this profession. No clear set of industry standards for personal trainers exists and no career track for either entry level or experienced trainers has been identified or defined.”
PFT Recognition System addresses these problems by recognizing specific
quality benchmarks for personal trainers who have demonstrated their
commitment to education and/or certification and the highest ethical
standards. The IDEA PFT Recognition System – which has four levels of
achievement – takes into account a trainer's educational background
(certifications, degrees, CPR, CECs, etc.), their years of experience,
their dedication to industry service, their standing among peers and
clients, and their commitment to a code of ethics. Currently, the IDEA
PFT Recognition System recognizes 17 personal trainer certifications
and six personal trainer certificate programs.
All of the participants in the IDEA PFT Recognition System are listed in The International Personal Trainer Registry, an online database. Found on IDEAfit.com, this directory is a free-of-charge service to consumers and allows them to easily identify and contact the world’s leading personal fitness trainers. Other leading health and fitness websites as well as many trade and consumer publications have established links to this online locator.
The IDEA PFT Recognition System is open to all personal trainers who meet the criteria, which was developed by the IDEA Personal Trainer Committee, a group of leading trainers from the United States and Canada. IDEA membership is not a requirement, however, IDEA members may participate in this program for free. For trainers who are not IDEA members, the cost is $75 for two years.
“As a non-aligned organization that does not certify fitness professionals, IDEA is in a unique position to administer a program of this nature. For more than 20 years, IDEA has been dedicated to providing continuing education and promoting high standards for fitness trainers and instructors,” IDEA’s Davis adds.
a brochure or an application for the IDEA PFT Recognition System, call
800-9994332, ext. 226 or, e-mail Recognition@IDEAfit.com
or, visit the IDEA website at: www.IDEAfit.com.
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