Certified Personal Trainer working with a client


There are several ways to become a certified personal trainer. Common questions range from “how do I become a  certified personal trainer?” to “what is the best personal fitness trainercertification to get?” I’ll address both questions in this blog.

Ways to become a certified personal fitness trainer

The first way is to simply order the certification book, and/ or study supplies and study on your own. The second is to take an online personal trainer certification test (like the NASM CPT exam or the ACSM certified personal trainer test), and again, study on your own. And the third way is to attend a school.

CHCP’s Personal Fitness Trainer Certification

With the first two methods, a student must take it upon themselves to study the material, prepare for the exam, and obtain competency in a real-world setting. For people with a background in kinesiology or exercise science, such as those with a bachelors or masters degree, the first two options make sense.

By and large, most students cannot obtain enough information to make the transition from the book or internet to the business world where they may have a 65 year-old, diabetic client with knee-pain standing in front of them and expecting results. A good personal training school will offer personal training classes that bridge the gap between the book and the real world. But be sure to research the school that you are thinking about attending. It should offer personal training courses that include ample practical application of concepts from experienced instructors, and have a reputation for student success.

At CHCP, not only will you gain expertise about personal training techniques, you will learn entrepreneurship skills through our business management course which will help you to create a successful personal training business. Our hands-on technique to teaching means that when you graduate, you will be fully prepared to begin a career in gyms, fitness centers, private studios, corporate wellness programs, or even start your own business as a personal trainer.

What are the best personal trainer certification to get?

The most notable personal trainer certifications are those that are accredited through NCCA. NASM, NSCA, ACE, and ACSM are the top certifications sought after by fitness facilities, but there are other NCCA certifications. NASM is the largest, most recognizable certification, so that is something to keep in mind when researching. To research NCCA certifications, visit http://www.credentialingexcellence.org/p/cm/ld/fid=121 and scroll down to “fitness and wellness.”