I want to be taken seriously as a Personal Trainer. I’ve obtained my certification, but I want to continue my education so I can be a better trainer especially for those clients that are just starting their fitness journey and those that have had injuries or trying to lose a lot of weight. I am wondering what experienced trainers consider the best education a four year degree or numerous certifications.
I agree that a degree can be a real asset but would encourage you to look at the curriculum of the specific program you may be considering to make sure you are getting the courses that will be most beneficial to you as each degree program can be different. I have a degree in Exercise Science and got certified thru ACSM as those were the standards my program taught from so I had the manuals etc. Although you are already certified, some schools include the certification exam (for various certifications like NSCA – CSCS or ACSM-HFS) as part of their curriculum. Overall a degree will provide a wide scope of career and educational options which you don’t necessarily get from a single certification.
With the above said, I also think a variety of certifications (as time goes on) is helpful just because trends change, research changes and we have to keep learning to meet the needs of clients and the industry.
The bottom line is we are in a field in which we have to be life long learners to be effective and taken seriously! Best of luck! Great question to be considering!