Getting certified as a personal trainer requires countless hours of studying and effort. Once you become certified, you should feel accomplished, as you worked extremely hard for it. However, every 2 years you’ll need to renew your certification by taking a wide variety of courses (of your choosing). Getting recertified is a lot less intensive than your initial certification, though you’ll still need to put in around 20 hours of course work. Additionally, gaining new knowledge and continuing your education is important to growing as a fitness professional. Below, we’ll go over why continuing education as a personal trainer is important and how to do so.
How You Can Continue Your Education
There a few ways and reasons to continue your education as a personal trainer. For starters, you’ll need to become recertified every 2 years to remain certified with your institution. While the time frame is the same for each institution that provides personal trainer certifications, the requirements to maintain it varies from company to company.
Also, below we mention CEUs. CEUs (can also be called CECs). These are “Continuing Education Units” and each education program offered will give you a specific amount that you need to complete to maintain your certification.
Recertification Requirements For Popular Certification Institutions
- NASM: Two years, 20 hours (2.0 CEUs)
- ACE: Two years, 20 hours (2.0 CEUs)
- ISSA: Two years, 20 hours (2.0 CEUs)
These are the most popular institutions that offer certifications for personal trainers, though if your institution is not there, do not worry! You can find all of the CEU courses they offer by going to their website!
Why You Should Continue Your Education
Aside from having to get recertified every 2 years, continuing education as a personal trainer can have a lot of positive effects. For instance, getting a specialization in a different area can help you stand out from the crowd. It also cannot hurt to have more knowledge about fitness and/or nutrition.
You will never know everything about fitness or nutrition, as new studies and research come out frequently. Staying up to date on the latest trends, fads, myths, and all things fitness is a great way to prove yourself as the fitness authority. Your personal training clients come to you for your fitness expertise, so make sure you know what you’re talking about.
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