I recently retired from the military 25 years active duty and seeking to expand my civilian knowledge and physical fitness exercise knowledge. I am familiar with training military personnel one on one, body fat assessments, exercise modifications, special population fitness, weight training, meal planning, healthy weight loss and competitive weight lifting. I was AAFAA certified years ago and recently obtained my ACE group fitness certification and indoor cycling instructor from Les Mills. I have no intention of working at a fitness facility as a personal trainer. If I plan to work with individuals teaching them about exercise and fitness in small groups or one on one, do I need a civilian personal training certification. I feel very knowledgeable and confident that I already know the information however don’t know if I need to obtain a civilian PT certificate. Thank you.
I would pose this question to an insurance company. The one thing you will need to get is professional liability insurance, and if the insurance company will accept your credentials, then there should not be any reason why you need a civilian personal trainer certification.
Although with your current certifications you shouldn’t have any issues finding a job in the civilian market, I would also suggest for you to get the TSAC certification which is offered by NSCA. It’s a very reputable certification and it will open more doors for you and since you have military experience this one should not be difficult to obtain. It will also help you if you decide to work with other government agencies (law enforcement and fire departments) and even with military people or branches if you wish to go that direction. Good luck with your search.
Your credentials are just fine. As Karin mentioned above, just be sure to get liability insurance. Best of luck to you and thank you for all your service.