Details & Classes
As students are searching for the right program for their online personal trainer certification, two considerations must weigh equally heavy:
Generally speaking, a nationally or regionally accredited school is almost always superior to one that holds a specialty certification by a governing body that is not recognized as a bona fide accrediting entity by the Department of Education. The one possible exemption from this common sense truth is the unavailability of an online course that meets the course requirements the student has.
For example, the U.S. Career Institute – duly nationally accredited by the Distance Education and Training Council (DETC) – offers an online personal trainer certification as part of the fitness trainer and nutritional specialist school. The online personal trainer certification may be earned in as little as four months, and the coursework includes classes in exercise physiology, psychology, nutrition, anatomy, ethics, and injury prevention.
On the flipside, the National Federation of Professional Trainers offers an online personal trainer certification that is accredited by the National Commission for Certifying Agencies, which is not recognized as an accreditation association by the Department of Education. Nevertheless, the course is eligible for GI Bill funding and also financial aid.
This online personal trainer certification course is aimed at the aspiring fitness worker who already some hands on knowledge and experience in the fitness industry, and needs to have the theoretical education to complement current skills. As such the course encompasses exercise science, various exercise design scenarios and general nutritional and fitness awareness training.