All of the best trainers are certified. Some have multiple certifications that include specialized training. If you are new to this field, you should plan to get certified. Spend some time reviewing the national fitness organizations before you commit.
If you want to get hired by the best employers, prepare to show a minimum of a community college certification along with your national certification.
At Glendale Community College, you can get multiple certificates of completion in personal training, nutrition and group fitness, as well as an Associate of Applied Science in Strength, Nutrition, and Personal Training.
These programs are a great way to prepare to take a national certification exam. The field of fitness and wellness does not have one specific certifying agency.
We encourage students to get certified through organizations that are accredited with the National Commission on Certifying Agencies (NCCA). These include what we call “the big four”: American Council on Exercise (ACE), American College of Sports Medicine (ACSM), National Strength and Conditioning Association (NSCA) and National Academy of Sports Medicine (NASM).