What my school taught me is drastically different from what my certifications taught me. School was about exercise science (what is best for clients). Certifications taught me about trends (what clients may want). Should certifications be evidence based or trend based? How do we reconcile what is best for clients with what they may want?
I would probably disagree a little. Many take a certification in lieu of something like a degree. Many certifications are taught as a course. If someone were to forego a degree and only take a certification, where does the education take place if the certification is only the measure of competency? I’d suggest both offer an educational experience to some degree or another.
And I agree ACE has gotten better over time in some respects. But, that brings up my point perfectly.
For example, stability ball training is something heavily taught. But, yet, here is much of the published research showing that it is no different or LESS effective than more standard exercise platforms. http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed?cmd=link&linkname=pubmed_pubmed&uid=1…
It seems they, and most organizations, are teaching to a trend rather than being aware of the actual research or basing recommendations and courses off of existing evidence.