I am new to the industry and have recently discovered my love and passion for fitness and nutrition over the last couple of years. I have a bachelor’s degree with a major in sociology and a minor in psychology, and I currently work in retail.. but now I want to head in the direction of fitness, nutrition, and wellness. After researching, there seems to be so many options for certifications, I don’t know where to begin! What is the most accredited online certification program for nutrition and wellness? So far I have looked at ACE, NASM, AFPA, and Institute for Integrative Nutrition (which cost a lot more than the others and takes more time, but may be worth it?) I would love all the advice I can get!
In your case, instead of going with one of the expensive certs, you’re much better off going with a nutrition certification that is designed for people like you in mind who are passionate about health and fitness, don’t have experience yet, and want to start their own practice teaching clients how to get in shape, lose weight, and achieve their ideal physique. The best nutrition certification in this case would be one like Venice Nutrition. Especially if you want to start your own small business, you are going to want to do a certification that teaches you how to set up and grow your own practice, as well as offer support to someone who is just getting started. The Venice Nutrition Certification also has a nationally recognized nutrition expert at its head, Mark MacDonald, who is on the national news every week giving health and fitness advice, which is a huge bonus when you are looking for clients. You can show them his videos to build trust and show them who you are connected with. If you just tell someone you have a certification from ABC Certificate, it will mean nothing to them. Make sure you do a certification program that is going to give you the knowledge and tools to help you grow your business.