I don’t know whether you want to do a live course or a self-study.
However, I am an educational partner with the American Council on Exercise and can wholeheartedly say that their personal training certification course is excellent.
At present there isn’t an educational partner in North Dakota who is teaching ACE’s 16-week live personal training course.
If you are an individual is likes to study on their own, I encourage you to visit the following links:
The first link is a comparison with other certifying bodies as far as value is concerned. At the end of the day it is your decision.
The other link addresses the costs involved.
I do hope this above information is helpful to you.
NASM (www.nasm.org) also has an option for online / self-study. When you think that you are ready to take the test, you go to a location near you. This is a company specializing in the administration of tests. When I did it, it was about 10 miles away from me. Optionally, you can go for a weekend workshop.
Wish you success.
Have you checked out the colleges in your area? Taking the course in person will be so much more helpful than online. I studied through American Council on Exercise at a college and am very happy.
If you must learn on your own, ACE is extremely helpful with many sources.
Good luck and enjoy.