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.
From my perspective, it is subjective.
There are some great personal trainers who are very knowledgeable who don’t have degrees and personal trainers with degrees who don’t know squat.
I am working on my second masters degree at present and all I can say is that the degrees I have earned have proved to be very valuable to me.
You might question, why I am pursuing a second masters degree. Well, the first masters degree put me in a position to earn the highest fitness credential in the industry which is ACSM RCEP.
As a consequence of earning the ACSM RCEP credential, I met the qualifications to apply to Teachers College at Columbia University to study Diabetes Education and Management. Pursuing this education prepares me for the next phase in my professional career and it would not have been possible without first earning a bachelors degree.
I hope this gives you some direction.
All the best!
Wow, that’s a tough one!
I would say a certification carries more weight ONLY because some
facilities may insist their trainers have an accredited certification but not a degree (for liability reasons).
Of course if you want a degree that’s no reason not to go for it!
There are many different paths to learning new things.