Many fitness corporations are hiring individuals with only a high school degree and are predicating their entire search criteria on sales experience and communication skills. Individuals who accrue a single personal training certification are calling themselves fitness professionals which is mind boggling to say the least. I also find that many managers have an overtly biased outlook on personal training certifications and place an emphasis on hiring individuals who are certified with the same organization.
there is not a field in which there are not ‘professionals’ and professionals. A personal trainer with only one certification after having taken a weekend course may have other education that makes him a good trainer. That person may also educate him/herself subsequently and end up a very good trainer. On the other hand, a list of certifications only indicates that a person is good at the science of training. It is not a guarantee for good training, either, even though – admittedly – it is a better predictor.
I am not sure where you are coming from in calling the entire industry a joke. You chose not to enter a profile in IDEA FitnessConnect.
So I want to throw you the gauntlet: what are your qualifications to make such a statement?