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!
I am with Harris here. My primary concern would be the liability issue. Since you plan to hire them as independent contractors, they would have to have their own professional liability insurance which they can only obtain after they have a certification.
Having somebody from the medical field always looks very attractive to the consumer, but it is no guarantee that they are good trainers. I have even seen physical therapists who did not do well as personal trainers because their training and focus is very different.
Since you do not have a personal training program at the moment and are only contemplating independent contractors, you have nothing to lose by approaching other trainers. In theory, you can have as many independent contractors as you like because they will be responsible to finding their own clients.