Attending IDEA for the first time was a acceleration point in my fitness career. For your friend to begin her career and attend IDEA at the same time is fantastic! No certification requirement to attend. There is one benefit to getting the cert first, which is that all personal training certifications require continuing education in order to renew the cert. If she earns her CPT first, then the classes she takes at IDEA will count towards her continuing education hours.
She’s going to East? I’ll be at West. 🙂