If you are a fitness enthusiast and feel that you could motivate other people, then it may be worth it to add fitness instructor qualifications to your name and jumpstart a new career. There are a number of fitness instruction certification programs that you can take at universities or through private sources. You can choose to become a certified Zumba or Pilates instructor.
In addition, you can decide to go back to school for a degree in physical education, nutrition, physical therapy or kinesiology. Any of these fields will provide you with a good grounding for fitness instruction.
Listed below are different ways you can add fitness instruction qualifications to your skill set.
Aerobics and Fitness Association of America (AFAA) Certification
AFAA provides personal trainer certification that you can get online. This entails taking a course consisting of 14 video lectures. In addition you will be required to take and pass an independently monitored two hour exam as well as an online practical exam. AFAA also provides Group Exercise, Kick Boxing and Step Certification.
National Board of Fitness Examiners (NBFE) Fitness Trainer Examination
You can take the NBFE Personal fitness trainer examination to establish that you meet the national standards for personal trainers. NBFE is a non-profit organization that develops standardized tests used to assess the skills of fitness professionals.
American Council on Exercise (ACE) Accredited Fitness Certifications
ACE offers Personal Trainer, Group Fitness Instructor, ACE Lifestyle & Weight Management Consultant and Advanced Health & Fitness Specialist certifications. You can purchase study materials and register for the exams on the ACE website.
American College of Sports Medicine Certification
You can get ACSM certified to be a personal trainer or health fitness specialist. If you are a clinical professional, you can get certified to be a clinical exercise specialist or registered clinical exercise physiologist.
Zumba fitness classes have exploded in popularity in recent years. Zumba classes are Latin-inspired fitness classes. You can become a Zumba instructor by taking a Zumba Instructor training class. You can sign up for the class via the official Zumba website. All you need is a one day training class for a one year license to teach Zumba. Most instructors take Zumba classes for a period of time before signing up for the training class. Zumba has a series of training classes that you can continue taking once you have taken the basic training.
There are numerous ways that you can add fitness instructor qualifications to your resume in a short period of time.