My personal course was through ACE and you can find a lot of great stuff out just by going to their website www.acefitness.org/ or calling them direct Phone: (858) 279-8227 . It took me about 3 months to study up and take the test but I had previous experience so it was easier for me. A friend of mine took alittle more than 6 months to take the test. All it required for me was purchasing the book and the practice test. I definitely suggest getting the practice test, it helps you get a feel for the style of test before you take it. Again though, my same friend took three chapter review courses for it but the cool part was the went towards his cec’s for his recert once he passed. Hope our story helps.
Mary, Good Morning. NESTA is the direction I went with my training. I chose NESTA because of the Adventure Bootcamp Business (ABC) opportunity along with the other programs and business opportunities once you pass the exam. It took about 2 months to learn the material to be ready to take the exam (passed on the first round; great presentation of material). www.NESTAcertified.com. All the responses here mention credible and solid programs. Every company offers a little different information and benefits. Since passing my exam, I have received great support from all the staff of NESTA and ABC; highly recommend!
I ground out a couple of certifications in about 3 months, but it certainly depends on how much free time you have and are willing to commit to the learning process. I am continually taking courses from ACE, but also from ISSA, as I’m focusing on the older client. You really can get great info from many of the national orgs, but it’s good to have a solid background to begin with and know what your focus is..have to lead by example. Good luck with your future.