I’m finishing up the study material for a ACE Health Coach cert and getting ready to take the exam. Currently, I do not hold a PT cert as my college degree was enough to waive the necessity of a prior certification. Once I have received my certification, can I perform personal training with clients at fitness centers?
I do plan on getting a PT cert as well; but being a health coach is more of what I want to focus on, so that is why I went for this cert first.
You do not mention what your college degree is in. Usually the ACE Health Coach certification is an additional certification for someone that has a Personal Trainer certification. You said that your degree waived this requirement. So, if you have a Exercise Physiology degree, you would be able to work with clients in an exercise setting and should be able to obtain insurance etc. There are some situations where the CPT just makes life easier as far as getting hired, getting insurance, etc.
In order to answer your question I need to know what your college degree is in and if the college bestowing the degree is accreditted.
You ask a good question…. I do agree with Martin that it is important to know what your degree is in. I do not see a profile for you, so it is harder to answer your question. You could check with both ACE and even your state to check any requirements (regulations are forthcoming in many states).
It’s good that you will also get a PT cert, as they go well together. (I have both ACE Personal Trainer and Health Coach certifications–they compliment each other very well. I’ve been very happy with ACE)
Best wishes and good luck on your Health Coach exam!
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