To keep it as simple as possible, between the two you have mentioned NSCA is the better choice. Their CEUs, their resources and their name recognition alone are few of the reasons why I would strongly recommend NSCA. Of course there are many other great certifications which you might also find helpful in your search for what you are looking for. NASM and ACE are two more that are widely accepted by pretty much any fitness employer out there (not only in this country but also around the world as well).
Hi Noreen. As between the two that you mentioned, I’m partial to NSCA simply because I’m more familiar with their CSCS certification which I consider ‘top drawer!’ Good luck with your decision because as you say, there are many different certifications out there and it can be confusing!
In my opinion, whatever you decide, it’s all about ‘continuing to learn and enhance your skills,’ so don’t stop learning!
I hope this helps!
It really depends on the population you want to work with. If you’re mainly working with the senior population, I would look at ACSM, ACE, or NASM before NSCA – I’m sure others in the room can add to that list. The NSCA is more geared towards sports training and conditioning – that’s who I’m certified with – and I don’t even work with athletes! A friend and colleague of mine has great website geared towards personal trainers and certification information – www.joe-cannon.com. Check it out – it’s a great resource and I highly recommend it! Good luck Noreen.