Agreed. The YMCA I used to work at was pretty much the only gym in a very large radius, and they did not require some of the PTs to even be certified at all! It was very disappointing.
However, I was in school for exercise science and they did allow me to teach cycling classes, both in the water and out of it, and I had no certification for group fitness. Since I was learning about biomechanics and everything body related, I obviously focused a lot on body mechanics and making sure no one was doing anything incorrectly. Almost all of the other teachers didn’t understand that and didn’t care.
I guess that’s the struggles of a gym in a small area.
They did pay for part of certification fees once you get hired though- so make sure you take advantage of that if you get hired and teach group fitness.
Katy Sudlow, HFS
The Y I used to train for accepted certifications from several different certifying agencies (for example: NSCA, AFFA, ACE, ACSM). I think that while the Y is a national organization, decisions such as these may be left up to the individual branch or Fitness Director. I would check with your local Y.
I hope that this helps.