We are just starting a PT program at our gym, more than likely with independent contractors. I have two very strong looking resumes from candidates who have been certified within the last 5 years, but have let their cert lapse (they both work in the medical field). What are your thoughts on allowing them to train while they work towards getting re-certified. Is it common to allow people who are in the process of getting their cert to train during that time, or do I wait until after they have their re-certs? Any thoughts would be much appreciated!
Here are my thoughts:
If they have let their certs expired, it shows no dedication and willingness to stay in this industry. The other problem/risk you will be facing, is the liability one. Do you feel comfortable letting someone who is not certified or has let his/her certification expired (still not certified at the moment) work at your business? I wouldn’t.
Maybe the best approach to this is to look for trainers who are currently certified and have some experience as well. This will make you and your business look better and be more respectful as well.