AFAA and ACSM require a practical part of the exam. However, AFAA was one of the first organizations certifying instructors and trainers (I am talking 1980’s here), but I do not feel the quality of their certification has caught up with the times. I keep mine current partly for sentimental reasons (it was my first), but I believe ACE, ACSM, NASM and NSCA have much better, more comprehensive certifications these days.
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.
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?