I am a strong believer in making an investment that you will not regret. the industry standard is to earn an NCCA accredited credential. This is what IHRSA recommends. If you are going to spend your hard earned money on a certification make sure it is verifiable on the certification body’s website as well as on the IDEA Fitness Connect website.
I wish you all with best with your decision.
Hi Dominique. I too hold the AFAA Personal Trainer certification – it was the first certification that I received in the industry. I agree that it is a great way to enter our industry. In my opinion this certification does offer some good information and support on training, and is recognized by many employers. Of course there are many other options, but as a start, I think that this is a good option for you.
I am certified with ACE and AFAA. I look at AFAA as a good starting point, but in no way is it a comprehensive training program. I do not feel it is a rigorous enough program. It is certainly not as highly valued as certifications by ACE or ASCM, and I think there is good reason for that. There is no way you can be prepared in a weekend certification. As I said, it is a good place to start, but you should only consider it a first step and continue your education.