These are the 2 Very Best Personal Trainer Certifications
The answer for the question of which one is better to obtain depends on your
goals as a personal trainer.
Different gyms have different requirements. Some gyms prefer and
even require the NASM certification.
There are a couple reasons for this. The primary reason is the NASM
certification teaches a methodology of training called optimum performance
training which would put all the trainers in a gym on the same page.
The OPT model goes far beyond the classic sets, reps, frequency and duration
of training. It is a one of a kind systematic method of training which
will be very new to you and most experienced people in the gym.
Another important reason is because the NASM methodology is designed to work
best for the majority of sedentary adults that most trainers work with.
In the case of a person without previous knowledge in the human body the NASM
Certified Personal Trainer certification is recommended because it starts off
from a very basic level.
Although he NSCA CPT certification has no prerequisites other than being 18
and having a high school diploma, it is implied that people who sit for the
certification have a base of knowledge about the human body and function.
Straight from the NSCA website:
"The passing rate for both sections
of the CSCS exam is approximately 65%. (The percentage of candidates who pass
the Scientific Foundations section is slightly higher than those passing the
Practical/Applied section.) Note: To become certified, a candidate must
pass both sections.
The passing rate for the NSCA-CPT exam is approximately 54%."
Keep in mind that CSCS (Certified Strength & Specialist) test takers all have
4 year college degrees. You can see that the test is not easy which in
part makes the NSCA-CPT certification one of the most prestigious personal
As a paramedic you probably have extensive knowledge about the human body and
function so it depends how comfortable you are with the material.
Another question you can ask yourself is whether you want the certification
for the knowledge you will gain or the prestige/ The majority of experts
would put higher value on the NSCA-CPT certification but also agree that by
obtaining it you will not learn as much new knowledge as the NASM certification.
I have certifications from both NSCA and NASM and I would personally
recommend the NASM along with a workshop instead or in addition to the
interactive online study materials.
Deciding Factor: Clients you will Work with
NSCA-CPT - You are going to be training athletes, bodybuilders.
NASM-CPT - You will be training the average John and Jane Doe in your local
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