I can see both sides of the issue on this one.
There is an objective side of fitness that can be tested. However, we already have industry standards – certifications – for that. ACE / AFAA / ACSM / NASM…. and the list goes on.
What does licensing get us other than another fee to pay to someone to check whether we actually have a certification? To me, that’s an unnecessary layer of bureaucracy and fees.
The other thing is that much of what we do is subjective. Training is a combination of science AND art. The way we interact with our clients. They way we make them feel. What makes me a great trainer in the eyes of my clients makes me an undesirable trainer in the eyes of those who don’t hire me. So, who’s right? They both are! Different strokes for different folks.
For those of us who have been in the fitness business for long enough, we’ve seen trainers who have minimal certification but natural skill. And we’ve also seen trainers who looked great on paper but couldn’t interact with a client to save their life.