I would like to offer continuing education courses for credit with ACE, ACSM, etc. Any suggestions on where to begin?
Here’s the information for ACE
Another route to go is to be a master trainer for a format or for a type of equipment. The format itself has to have been approved for CECs, but you might not have to have all of the certifications for which the format is approved. I was able to provide CECs for ISSA, although I don’t hold that cert, because the program I was teaching had been vetted through them and I followed the approved lesson plan.
You can contact different certifying organizations and bevome a provider through them. Or you can create your own CECs and market them. In order to get approved provider status with any of the groups, you need to pay a fee. And usually an annual fee. Your CEC courses can still be used for renewal credits with the various groups like ACE, ACSM, etc. without being pre-approved, but the people taking your classes will have to file for the credits. That isn’t a big deal, but some people consider it a hassle. And others consider it an indication that the courses are less worthy/valuable. Which I find to usually not be the case in either scenario.
I teach CEC course periodically. It isn’t my main source of income, but it isn’t really for the money. And I will only travel if a group wants to pay a little extra for my expenses. Which is even less often. I do have the advantage of living and teaching in Hawaii, which has attracted a market wanting to vacation here, get CECs and be able to write at least some of it off on their taxes. If they do it right.