NASM Certification Continuing Education


I recently became certified by NASM, and I noticed you've got all of their major certifications: CPT, CES, and PES.

Once you reach that point, how do you stay up on being certified by them, when their point system seems so limited after that?

What have you done personally? If you've got the time to respond, I would be grateful. Great site, and thank you for your time.

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Mike Behnken, MS, CSCS ANswers the Fitness Question

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Thanks for the Question, It has a Very Simple Answer but Please Read the Elaboration

The CES (Corrective Exercise Specialist) and PES (Performance Enhancement Specialist) are not certifications they are considered "Advanced Specializations by the NASM.

I'm not sure how they differentiate this classification but to answer your question there is no expiration for the "advanced specializations" with the NASM.

Just because they do not expire it is not recommended you purchase them immediately just get another certification or even to learn the tons of information which they give you.


NASM-CES and NASM-PES Count as Continuing Education Units/Credits

Both CES and PES count for CEUs (Continuing Education Credits/Units) for most major personal trainer certifications including the NASM CPT (Certified Personal Trianer)!

For the NASM-CPT both advanced specializations count for 1.9 CEUs which along with your CPR cert will give you all the continuing education you need to keep your CPT certification current.

If you just got the CPT you should  only get one advanced specialization which would re-certify your CPT certification which expires in two years. After the 2 years are up, get the other one and you can re-certify for the next two years.

Take your Time with the CES and PES Courses

If you are very interested in learning more about exercise science, flexibility and performance enhancement it is worth it to take your time with the online interactive courses the NASM offers for the PES and the CES.

There is a lot of information to digest and it is better to take a slow approach and learn everything thoroughly rather than just cramming all the information in your head for the short term so you can pass the tests.

If you're currently training clients taking your time with the PES and CES course material will allow you to implement some of the new concepts you learn on your current clients and practical experience is far superior to anything in a book or even in a video presentation.

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