Not all online courses or programs require enrollment in a full-length college degree program. Certification programs, even outside formal universities and community colleges, are expanding their empire into the virtual world. The new boom? Online fitness certification programs. Now, while I’ve done some research myself to better understand the requirements and commitment required to complete such a program, that does not mean each one meets the needs of a future employer. Remember, it is always crucial to do your own research as different people are seeking different certifications for various reasons.
Personal Training Certification
Expert Rating Online offers certifications in personal training for online $69.99. The course is ISO certified and includes a thorough discussion of exercises, human anatomy, injuries and first aid, nutrition, and business management. Upon completion of the course material, which Expert Rating says typically takes between one and four weeks to finish, students can take the final exam. If successfully passed a certificate is awarded; if the exam is failed, it can be retaken for $10.00.
Expert Rating Online also offers online certifications in the following areas:
- Master Trainer Certification – $99.99
- Aerobics Certification – $69.99
- Pilates Certification – $69.99
- CPR Certification – $29.99
- Yoga Certification – $69.99
- Sports Nutrition Certification – $69.99
- Health Club Management Certification – $69.99
- Senior Fitness Trainer Certification – $69.99
- Personal Trainer Certification (Spanish) – $69.99
Sports Nutritionist Certification
The International Fitness Association offers a certification exam in Sports Nutrition to those seeking a career working with athletes. The certification exam covers information from a Fitness ABCs free download that can be accessed from the IFA website. The manual should be read prior to taking the certification exam, which is free to complete. However, once a passing score is received, applicants must pay between $109 and $139 for their certificate.
IFA is headquartered out of Orlando, Florida and has been in operation since 1995; they are a member of the Institute for Credentialing Excellence and recognized in over 90 countries worldwide. According to their website their certification are accepted by most gyms, but you may still want t do some research beforehand if you are seeking employment with a certain company or gym location.
IFA also offers online certifications in the following areas for the same price:
- Aerobics and Trainer Certifications
- Senior Fitness Certifications
- Aqua Fitness Certifications
- Master Instructor Certifications
Self Defense Instructor Certification
The American Sports and Fitness Association offers a Self Defense Certification that focuses on women’s strength training. The certification provides fitness professionals with a marketable tool to promote their business using both low-impact and high-impact exercise techniques. The certification exam, which costs between $99.00 and $299.00 depending on your selected renewal option, does not include texts or manuals; for an additional $21.95 the Women’s Strength Training Anatomy text and manual can be purchased.
ASFA also offers online certifications in the following areas:
- Master Personal Training Certification – $229.00+
- Advanced Personal Training Certification – $179.00+
- Personal Training Certification – $129.00+
- Group Fitness/Bootcamp Instructor Certification – $99.00+
- Water Aerobics Instructor Certification – $99.00+
- Cycling Instructor Certification – $99.00+
- Sports Nutritionist Certification – $99.00+
- Pilates Certification – $99.00+
- Ketteball Instructor Certification – $99.00+
- Senior Fitness Instructor Certification – $99.00+
- Kickbox/Step Aerobics Instructor Certification – $99.00+
- Sport Specific Trainer Certification – $99.00+
- Childhood Obesity Specialist Certification – $99.00+
- Martial Arts Strength and Conditioning Coach Certification – $99.00+
- Health Club Manager Certification – $99.00+
- Golf Strength Training Specialist Certification – $99.00+