I recently received my BS in Movement Science and am currently studying for ACSM’s HFS certification exam. I feel as though I have a lot of the knowledge necessary for this field, but I have no experience in the practical application of it. I can’t afford to go to the two day seminars they provide (although I am doing the online webinars), and I’m not sure where else I could go to get experience in applying my knowledge!
How did you get your initial experience when you first started in this field? How could I approach a potential employer and sell myself without having experience where I am working directly with clients yet?
This is what I did. At the time I was working in corporate fitness and I looked for opportunities to apply all that was required to earn the credential.
I made sure I utilized the guidelines in GETP8 when I performed assessments. If someone had a clinical condition, I risk stratified the individual according to the guidelines.
If you purchase the materials that are suggested to prepare for the exam, study, and apply what you are learning you should be able to do well.
I took the workshops and even though I know they are expensive, they were very helpful to me in preparing for the exam.
Please reach out to me if you have any other questions.