I’m thinking of adding an addition certification to my creditials. I’d like to further my knowledge base in the area of nutrition and thought ACE’s Lifestyle and Weight Management Certification might help. How has it helped you? Did it help you improve your client’s health? Did it gain you any clients?
I was one of the first people certified as an ACE Lifestyle and Weight Management Coach. When I got the certification, they did not even have a textbook, just a bunch of recommended readings.
My motivation at the time was to have additional understanding on the subject. It is very difficult to assess whether it paid off or not. After all, I come as a ‘package deal’ in personal training with all the knowledge I have acquired in the field but even beyond that with interpersonal skills which I hope I possess to some degree. I never had a person ask to be coached on that alone but at least I can point to a certification to speak with derived authority. After all, most of my clients come with weight loss as one of their goals.
A lot of the knowledge I have acquired since taking the certification has come from additional reading and the IDEA conferences. At this point. I could not tell where one ends and the other begins.