I wish. But that is a hard thing to make profitable when so many certs don’t. And it is hard to do it correctly. That is part of why I won’t make my cert prep or CECs available through distance learning. I know that it is hard to get all your material first hand. I take a lot of internet courses. But I go way beyond what the course requires. I do everything in the course work personally and with clients until I figure it out from top to bottom. I spend hours every week researching and learning. I study biomechanics and physio like I was still in college prepping for exams and labs.
When you can’t get what you need, you have to make what you need be reality. Have you ever taken an exercise and broken it down into the individual movements and muscle patterns?
The Rolling Stones, “You can’t always get what you want, but if you try sometimes you just might find you get what you need.”
Good answers. ACE, ACSM, NSCA, NASM all suggest a practical component to their personal trainer certification. I believe that it’s superficial. In my opinion the only true practical exam is to have a candidate take an individual through a workout–strength, cardio, flexibility. It doesn’t have to be long, but it does give the examiner an opportunity to assess the candidate’s core knowledge, as well as his/her communication skills.
I believe that each and every certification needs to have a practical part in order for someone to receive those credentials. So far, the 1 or 2-day certifications (such as RKC, CrossFit, FMS, etc.) are the ones that require their students to do a practical test as well unfortunately (participate with hands-on training). I also believe that if we as an industry are going to require health insurances to include us on their lists as providers and pay us for taking their clients/patients, then the certifications will need to become a lot more detailed and a practical exam will definitely help. Anybody can read and memorize book material, but can they actually deliver it and explain it in a safe and correct form when they have too?
years ago, when I took certifications from SFA and AEA, they required a practical component. I am not sure where they stand on this now.
To become a Melt instructor, one has to have training by attending a course but MELT is not a certification.
None of my other certifications had practical parts.
It’s a difficult subject because adding in person tests adds significantly to the cost of any certification and can all but price some people out of the market.