How do I get a Personal Training Certification?

Diane Goettel
Diane Goettel
Diane Goettel
Diane Goettel
A personal trainer must know how to use an automated external defibrillator.
A personal trainer must know how to use an automated external defibrillator.

Before you can begin to work as a personal trainer in a gym or other fitness facility, it is likely that you will have to obtain a personal training certification. Certification usually requires the successful completion of one or more exams as well as a demonstrated ability to perform cardiopulmonary resuscitation, or CPR. In addition, personal trainers are commonly asked to learn how to use an automated external defibrillator. Most organizations that certify personal trainers also require that those being certified have a high school diploma and are at least eighteen years of age.

A variety of organizations offer personal trainer certification.
A variety of organizations offer personal trainer certification.

If you are already certified in CPR and in the use of defibrillators, you may not have to become re-certified to obtain your personal training certification. If you do not already have these certification, it is possible to obtain them while working on your training certification. It is important to note that you may be asked to renew your certification by completing refresher courses on a regular basis during the course of your career as a personal trainer.

Most organizations that certify personal trainers also require that those being certified have a high school diploma and are at least eighteen years of age.
Most organizations that certify personal trainers also require that those being certified have a high school diploma and are at least eighteen years of age.

The exam that you must pass in order to obtain your certification will be administered by the certifying organization that you choose to work with. Such organizations include The Aerobics and Fitness Association of America, The National Academy of Sports Medicine, The American Council on Exercise and Sports Medicine Australia,

The exams that are administered for personal training certification are usually based on information that is provided through lectures, demonstrations, books, or videos. The topics that are covered on the exams include anatomy, which is the science of the body, and kinesiology, which is a study of the way the body moves. Candidates for personal training certification are also usually tested on their knowledge about weight management and nutrition and their ability to develop both exercise programs and wellness programs. Certification exams also usually include sections on how to preform and assess fitness tests.

A person must be in excellent physical condition to become a kickboxing trainer.
A person must be in excellent physical condition to become a kickboxing trainer.

In addition to getting certification as a personal training, it is possible to get certification in certain types of exercise instruction. To cite a few examples, fitness professionals can choose to get additional certification so that they are able to teach spinning classes, yoga classes, or kickboxing classes.

In order to receive your personal training certification, you will have to meet the prerequisites and pass the required exams. The institution that you work with to gain your personal training certification is up to you.

Diane Goettel
Diane Goettel

In addition to her work as a freelance writer for wiseGEEK, Diane is the executive editor of Black Lawrence Press, an independent publishing company based in upstate New York. She has also edited several anthologies, the e-newsletter Sapling, and The Adirondack Review. Diane has a B.A. from Sarah Lawrence College and an M.A. from Brooklyn College.

Diane Goettel
Diane Goettel

In addition to her work as a freelance writer for wiseGEEK, Diane is the executive editor of Black Lawrence Press, an independent publishing company based in upstate New York. She has also edited several anthologies, the e-newsletter Sapling, and The Adirondack Review. Diane has a B.A. from Sarah Lawrence College and an M.A. from Brooklyn College.

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    • A personal trainer must know how to use an automated external defibrillator.
      A personal trainer must know how to use an automated external defibrillator.
    • A variety of organizations offer personal trainer certification.
      A variety of organizations offer personal trainer certification.
    • Most organizations that certify personal trainers also require that those being certified have a high school diploma and are at least eighteen years of age.
      Most organizations that certify personal trainers also require that those being certified have a high school diploma and are at least eighteen years of age.
    • A person must be in excellent physical condition to become a kickboxing trainer.
      A person must be in excellent physical condition to become a kickboxing trainer.
    • Personal trainers often get accredited through the American Council of Sports Medicine or the American College of Exercise.
      Personal trainers often get accredited through the American Council of Sports Medicine or the American College of Exercise.
    • Individuals who hold a personal trainer certification can find jobs in a variety of settings.
      Individuals who hold a personal trainer certification can find jobs in a variety of settings.
    • Fitness professionals can choose to get additional certification so that they are able to teach spinning classes.
      Fitness professionals can choose to get additional certification so that they are able to teach spinning classes.