Personal Training with the NCSF
The National Council on Strength and Fitness (NCSF) is a professional, member-driven, education and credentialing organization for personal trainers and exercise science professionals. The NCSF is committed to serving the public through research, service, and advancement of the movement sciences.
The NCSF Board for Certification serves as the governing authority over the personal trainer certification program, setting regulatory standards. In addition, the Board for Certification provides professional advocacy, oversees legislative activity, and collaborates with organizations and universities to disseminate valid, evidence-based information to stakeholders. The organization encourages you to learn more about career opportunities within the personal trainer profession and the process of gaining certified status.
Personal Trainer Certification Program Accreditation
The National Council on Strength & Fitness (NCSF) Certified Personal Trainer Credential has been reviewed and received accreditation by the National Commission for Certifying Agencies (NCCA), the accrediting board for the Institute for Credentialing Excellence. The prestigious NCCA accreditation serves as an external audit to help to ensure the health, welfare, and safety of the public through the evaluation of all facets of the certification program and the organizations that assesses professional competency. The NCCA uses a peer review process to:
- Establish accreditation standards
- Evaluate compliance with the standards
- Recognize organizations/programs which demonstrate compliance
- Serve as a resource on quality certification
Based on sound principles, NCCA standards are optimal and comprehensive criteria for organizational process and performance. The standards used by the NCCA are designed to be broadly recognized, objective, and current benchmarks for certifying bodies to achieve and by which they operate.
We are proud to join the distinguished group of the most prestigious credentialing organizations in the world.
Consumers are a primary stakeholder of any certification program. As such, organizations that provide certification to professionals who serve the public have an ethical requirement to ensure:
- the qualification standards are consistent with the requisite tasks of the job
- the testing instrument validly assesses professionals for minimum competency standards that individuals not qualified to deliver safe and effective practices
- are screened out professionals earning a credential maintain continued competency or relinquish certified status
- all professional practices occur within the defined scope of the profession and are performed consistent with the standards of professional practice
- professionals are held to ethical standards and sanctioned for behaviors in conflict with those standards
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