Unfortunately, if you want to work at a certain gym then you will need to meet their requirements. If your certification is not what they are looking for and you really want to work for them, you will need to get certified with one they can accept. Owning a business is a great experience to have and it will help you with your future development as a trainer and give you the tools to rise to the top where ever you choose to work at. It could also help you in the hiring process.
Think about it as if you where the one who is looking to hire someone to work for you. I’m sure you would have certain standards in place which your potential employees will need to meet if they were going to work for you.
Awesome ! Thank you for the input. Currently I train independently, but will be attending law school in a year or two in another city. I feel like the only way I can get my foot in the door for the market is to start out at a corporate gym to build clientele. I currently have IFTA and ISSA, but I also heard that higher end gyms do not accept those certifications. Even if I have been operating my own business for 5 years. Any thoughts ?
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They will accept all the major certifications in the industry. I also know that they offer their own certification process, especially if you want to climb though their different tier levels. Once you apply and you meet their criteria, you will be contacted by one of their recruiters where you will be able to ask them any questions you want. They will also provide you with the requirements of the position you are applying for. You could also try to call them and talk to one of their fitness managers to make sure you have what they need before starting the application process. I hope this helps.