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  1. Certifications Lecture 4

  2. What Qualifications Are Available? • National Strength and Conditioning Association (NSCA) • Certified Strength and Conditioning Specialist (CSCS) • USA Weightlifting • Sport Performance Coach • Weightlifting coach • Collegiate Strength and Conditioning Coaches Association (CSCCa) • American Fitness Professionals Associations (AFPA) • Strength Trainer Certification • International Fitness Professionals Association (IFPA) • Strength and Sports Conditioning Specialist • International Sports Sciences Association (ISSA) • Strength and Conditioning Certification • United States Sports Academy (USSA) • Sports Strength and Conditioning • Applied Sports Performance • Scientific Principles of Coaching • Education

  3. What Qualifications Are Available? • REMEMBER THESE ARE NOT THE ONLY QUALIFICATIONS AVAILABLE!!!

  4. Education

  5. Does Education Ensure Quality? • Survey of 200 + undergraduate institutions • 119 schools responded. • Examined the focuses of each of the institutions in relation to completion of an Exercise Science degree (Bachelor’s). • “…most institutions place minimal emphasis on content areas related to health promotion such as stress management, and many curricula did not require field experience.” -Elder et al. (2003). Source: Elder, C. L., Pujol, T. J., Barnes, J. T., An Analysis of Undergraduate Exercise Science Programs: An Exercise Science Curriculum Survey, Journal of Strength and Conditioning Research, 17 (3), 536-540, 2003.

  6. Does Education Ensure Quality? Source: Elder, C. L., Pujol, T. J., Barnes, J. T., An Analysis of Undergraduate Exercise Science Programs: An Exercise Science Curriculum Survey, Journal of Strength and Conditioning Research, 17 (3), 536-540, 2003. Separation of “Theoretical Base” and “Practical Base” determined by presenter.

  7. Certifications

  8. Major Trainers & Their Certs. • Jillian Michaels • National Exercise & Sports Trainers Association (NESTA) • Aerobics and Fitness Association of America • Kettlebell Concepts • American Fitness Professionals and Associates Source:www.jillianmichaels.com; www.nbc.com

  9. Major Trainers & Their Certs. • Bob Harper • American Fitness Training of Athletics Association • Aerobic and Fitness Association of America • Kettlebell, Level 1 • CrossFit • CrossFit Olympic Lifting Source:www.nbc.com

  10. Major Trainers & Their Certs. • Dolvett Quince • International Sports Sciences Association • IFFA (no further information given; suggested that it went out of business) Source:www.lisajohnsonfitness.com

  11. Aerobics and Fitness Association of America (AFAA) • Offers two options for certification; online and onsite • 3-day certification workshop (also offered online) • Online 120 question exam • “AFAA certified professionals who wish to register only for CEU credit pay a workshop fee of $255. Receive 15 CEUs.” Source:www.afaa.com

  12. Accreditation

  13. Types of Accreditation • National Commission for Certifying Agencies (NCCA) – ORIGINAL AGENCY • Distance Education and Training Council (DETC) • National Board of Fitness Examiners (NBFE) • National Fitness Leadership Alliance (NFLA)

  14. How to check accreditation http://www.ideafit.com/certifications/personal-trainer?page=0&accred[NCCA]=NCCA&partner[yes]=yes&op=Apply&ajaxsubmit=1

  15. National strength and conditioning association (Nsca)

  16. NSCA Certified Strength and Conditioning Specialist (CSCS) • Prerequisites • Bachelor’s degree or higher • CPR/AED Certification • Examination Procedures • Exam has 2 portions; both sections must be passed • Scientific Foundation (Nutrition and Exercise Science). • Practical/Applied (Exercise Technique, Program Design, Organization and Administration, and Testing/Evaluation. • Exam is done on a computer; therefore, no direct measurement of exercise technique competence. • Additional Comments • Works with athletes to improve athletic performance • Nationally accredited (NCCA) certification in strength and conditioning. Source: nsca-lift.org

  17. NSCA-CPT • Requirements • 18 years old with HS diploma • CPR/AED • Tests are administered at a certified location • No hands on portion of the exam • “Recognizing their own area of expertise, personal trainers refer clients to other health care professionals when appropriate.” • Nationally accredited (NCCA) personal training exam Source: nsca-lift.org

  18. American college of sports medicine (acsm)

  19. ACSM-CPT • Requirements: • 18 years old • CPR/AED • High School Diploma • “Works with apparently healthy individuals and those with healthy challenges who are able to exercise independently.” • Exam administered by a 3rd party • NCCA Accredited Source:www.acsm.org

  20. ACSM Certified Health Fitness Specialist (HFS) • Requirements • Bachelor’s degree in Ex. Science or related field • CPR/AED • Works with individuals who are “apparently healthy or have medically controlled diseases or health conditions.” • Exam is administered by 3rd party • NCCA Accredited Source:www.acsm.org

  21. ACSM Certified Clinical Exercise Specialist • Requirements: • Bachelors degree in Ex. Science or equivalent • Practical experience (400-500 hours) • CPR for Professional Rescuer • “Works with patients and cliets challenged with cardiovascular pulmonary, and metabolic diseases and disorders” • NCCA Accredited Source:www.acsm.org

  22. American council on exercise (ace)http://www.acefitness.org/getcertified/personal-training-certification-comparison.asp

  23. ACE Personal Trainer • Requirements • 18 years old • CPR/AED • Designed for trainers to work with INDIVIDUALS • NCCA Accredited Source:www.acefitness.org

  24. ACE Group Fitness Instructor • Requirements • 18 years old • CPR/AED • Designed for fitness professionals teaching any form of exercise in a group setting • NCCA Accredited Source:www.acefitness.org

  25. ACE Advanced Health & Fitness Specialist • Requirements • 18 years old • CPR/AED • NCCA accredited personal trainer certification • 300 hours of work experience • “prepare (the individual) to provide extensive programming for the most common diseases and disorders.” • NCCA Accredited Source:www.acefitness.org

  26. National academy of sports medicine (nasm)

  27. NASM Certified Personal Trainer • Requirements: • 18 years old • CPR/AED • Exam administered by 3rd party • “Personal trainers are healthy and fitness professionals who perform individualized assessments…to clients with NO MEDICAL OR SPECIAL NEEDS” • NCCA Accredited Source:www.nasm.org

  28. USA Weightlifting: Sport Performance Coach – Level 1 • Prerequisites • NONE • Examination Procedures • Participants undergo a 1-weekend long course (13-14 hours). • 9 hours of the course are spent as a practical hands-on portion. • 4-5 hours are spent as lecture based learning. • Additional Comments • CPR/First Aid is not required for this certification. • Focuses primarily on Olympic style lifting (Power Snatch, Power Clean, etc.). • This is an “in-person” course, therefore allowing for a true examination of the individual’s practical knowledge and technique. Source: teamusa.org/USA-Weightlifting/Coaching/Certification-Requirements.aspx

  29. Collegiate Strength and Conditioning Coaches Association • Prerequisites • Bachelor’s Degree from an accredited institution • Current CPR certification • Examination Procedures • Written exam concerning theoretical components to strength and conditioning. • Oral/Practical examination focusing on exercise technique and program design. • Additional Comments • Individuals that become CSCCa certified must also complete a 8-9 month practicum administered by a CSCCa approved mentor. This mentor must recommend the individual sit for the exam before the individual is allowed to do so. Source: cscca.org/certification/sccc

  30. AFPA Strength Trainer Certification • Prerequisites • 18 years of age • Functional knowledge of English and arithmetic • Examination Procedures • All testing is completed at the individual’s pace without a proctor. • Individual’s have 6 months to complete all testing materials. • Incorporates both a written and practical section. Source: afpafitness.com/store/index.php?main_page=index&cPath=1_19

  31. Review • Education programs around the country tend to focus on theoretical knowledge, however, seem to be lacking in practical/applicable knowledge. • Many certifications require practical and theoretical knowledge; however, there is a large discrepancy in the rigor of strength and conditioning certifications.

  32. Recommendations • While education does not guarantee quality, theoretical knowledge is essential to proper, individualized program design. • Practical knowledge of lifting technique as well as an ability to demonstrate lifting techniques is also important. • Therefore, education in conjunction with certification (emphasizing in exercise technique) is most recommended.

  33. Questions?