After 140 years of Democrats running State Goverment and leaving our State $3 Billion in debt, the Republican Party is now having to come up with ways to raise revenue and one of the ways is to License “Exercise Physiologist” or any one who prescrives “exercise” AKA “personal Trainers” and you must have a MASTERS degree, to practice. What do you think? Good or Bad Idea?
I am all for it! I am a member of the Clinical Exercise Physiologist Association, (CEPA) which is an affiliate society of the ACSM. “The primary purpose of CEPA is to advance the scientific and practical application of clinical exercise physiology for the betterment of the health, fitness, and quality of life for patients at high risk or living with a chronic disease.
The focus of CEPA is to advance the profession of clinical exercise physiology through advocacy, education, and career development.”
Like Jason, I’ve invested in my education and career and qualified to take and pass the American College of Sports Medicine highest credential–Registered Clinical Exercise Physiologist. I can’t wait for this to happen in the state of New York!
At the present Medicare recognizes the ACSM CES and RCEP as acceptable credentials to accept insurance in populations who need cardiac rehabilitation. That is if the exercise physiologist is working alongside a cardiologist. The National Certification for Diabetes Educators recognizes the above two clinical credentials as sufficient to become a Certified Diabetes Educator after fulfilling their requirements. I’d like to add they are the only two NCCA accredited clinical certifications.
I encourage you to visit www.acsm-cepa to learn more about this organization. This is not about the licensing of personal trainers. Personal trainers wouldn’t prescribe exercise for populations living with chronic conditions. It’s just not in the scope of practice of the credential they hold.
Thanks, Jason, for providing the link. I had not been aware of this bill, nor will it impact me in my practice as a personal trainer.
This bill addresses clinical settings where exercise testing is done, and this certainly should be done by a qualified person. Whether a licence for that is necessary, I am not to say. I hope that people hired for this process are well screened by the medical providers.
As for me, I work with people who have been cleared by their doctors to train. And I even have clients who are -appparently – healthy enough that I do not even require a physician’s approval to exercise. The bill does not describe this scenario.
Good information. While there is no perfect answer for everyone, I do think that requiring a masters degree would be crippling to our industry affecting both clients and fitness professionals. I believe that that requirement would be good down the road but there needs to be a grandfather clause for those who currently practice.