Well-rated certification programs for personal trainers include training provided by the American Council on Exercise, the International Sports Sciences Association and the National Academy of Sports Medicine. The American College of Sports Medicine and National Strength and Conditioning Association also provide well-rated certification programs for personal trainers.
The Aerobics and Fitness Association of America and the National Federation of Personal Trainers also offer certification programs for personal trainers. Many organizations are accredited by agencies such as the national Commission for Certifying Agencies.
Personal training curriculum focuses on exercise program and design, proper exercise techniques, anatomy and physiology, nutrition and the business of personal training. Training programs also teach aspiring personal trainers kinesiology and biomechanics to prepare for certification and work in the field. Pre-requisite courses often include hands-on CPR certification and automatic external defibrillator training through community organizations or the Red Cross.
People interested in a career as a personal trainer should research what the certifying organization offers, such as the type of course materials, membership base and networking opportunities, and tips for gaining clients and referrals. Certified trainers work in private fitness studios, health clubs and gyms. Many facilities require certification when working with clients or seeking a position as a personal trainer.