Top 10 Personal trainer certification organizations

These days, the demand for fitness instructors has increased greatly, fitness gym are continue hiring fitness manager's personal trainer and floor manager and sports nutritionist and sales counselor for there health and fitness clubs.

In any case, before you can get on the exercise center floor with your first customer, you have to get certified from fitness organizations to start your career in the fitness field. Although most of your customers may not know the difference between a certified trainer and a non-certified trainer. 

But your club knows the difference between the education and demand of fitness trainer according to there fitness certification and a top-level certification shows your skills, fitness knowledge needed to get the job.

Top 10 Personal trainer certification organizations

List of top 10 Personal trainer certification organizations:

  • America college of sports medicine
  • American council of exercise 
  • National academy of sports medicine 
  • National strength and conditioning association
  • International sports science association 
  • NESTA (National exercise and sports trainer association) 
  • National Council on Strength and fitness 
  • IFPA (International fitness professional association) 

American college of sports medicine:

American college of sports medicine is established in 1954 and ranking 1st and give respected education in fitness field  Acsm exercise guidelines are used all over the world for best fitness practices and Acsm provide different fitness certification in personal training llike, clinical nutrition, and registered exercise physiologists, and Acsm group fitness certification. and Acsm cancer specialist and Acsm health adult certified personal trainer certification.

Acsm is accredited with the Ncaa National commission of certifying agency and government organization.


Their certification is valid for three years and you must be 18 years of age and have a high school diploma or equivalent and hold current CPR certification. For exercise physiologists exam you must have at least 1-year exercise in physiotherapy and special population clients.

American council on exercise:

Ace certification (American council on exercise) provides fitness education certification in personal training and special population and group fitness and health and fitness specialist and strength and conditioning specialist. Ace is well recognized with his personal trainer certification that is widely accepted all over the world.

Ace is accredited with National Commission on Certifying Agencies NCCA and have a variety of fitness certification and continuing education credit courses.


To become an ace certified you must hold current CPR and AED certification and you must be 18 years of age before sitting for the exam.

National Academy Of Sports Medicine:

Nasm national academy of sports medicine is established in 1987 and its personal training certification is widely accepted all over the world Nasm is also the collaboration with cal you university of Pennsylvania for sports science degree courses.

Nasm is accredited with the national commission of Certifying Agencies NCCA accredited and its Corrective exercise specialist and performance training certification is well-recognized fitness certification in the industry.


To become a NASM certified personal trainer you must hold a current CPR certification and 18 years old, you must recertify every 2 years because NASM certification is valid for only 2 years.

National Strength And Conditioning Association:

Nsca national strength and conditioning association is established in 1993 and it offers fitness certification like a certified personal trainer and certified strength and conditioning specialist certificate CSCS.

Nsca exam is considered the most difficult exam in the fitness industry for its main CSCS certification which is one of the most difficult strengths training certification exams to clear.

Nsca is accredited with the national commission of Certifying Agencies and also launch his new fitness certification called CSCS (certified special population specialist)


To become an NSCA certified personal trainer your age should be 18 and you must have current CPR certification and their certification are valid for 2 years only you must re-certify every 2 years to update with the fitness industry.

International sports science association:

ISSA-International sports science association is established in 1988 and it is the only fitness certification organization which have a variety of fitness and personal training certification courses. Issa is recognized for his bachelor's degree courses in sports science and personal training certification which is widely accepted in many countries.

ISSA has online and distance learning courses and provides sports science associate two-year degrees for a certified personal trainer who is planning to get a degree in exercise science.

Moreover, Issa has its own distance learning institute name  Issa college of exercise science which provides a degree in sports and exercise science

ISSA has accreditation with DEAC (distance education accredited commission) Issa does not believe in Ncca accreditation and they are also affiliated with reps the USA registered exercise professional.

National exercise trainer and association:

Nesta National exercise trainer and association is established in 1992 Nesta provide home study personal fitness trainer certification. Exam and books are mail to your address when they receive the personal training program fees, the exam is held at Pearson Vue center in your city.

Nesta is an international association with a world-class faculty with over 65,000 members around the world. Nesta 20% of all our members are from outside the U.S.

Nesta members and certified coaches/trainers having careers in over 65 countries.  They welcome students from other countries like Europe, Asia, Dubai and Australia, and New Zealand.

There personal training exam fees are $477.

They also provide other certification such as-

  • Nesta Master personal trainer
  • Nesta Sports nutritionist
  • Nesta Fitness nutrition coach
  • Nesta Kids nutrition specialists
  • Nesta Lifestyle weight management specialist
  • Nesta Biomechanics specialist
  • Sports injury specialists
  • Nesta group exercise trainer
  • Nesta Accreditation 

NESTA currently holds the National Commission for Certifying Agencies (NCCA) accreditation for it's Personal Fitness Trainer Certification., Nesta is the member is ice the governing body of the Ncca

NESTA is a registered vendor for the U.S. Navy Credentialing Opportunities On-Line program. And their certification accredited from US reps registered exercise professionals.


To become a Nesta certified you must have current CPR certification and must be 18 years old. Their certification is valid for two years you must renew your fitness certification every 2 years with the help Nesta continues education courses.

National Council on Strength and fitness:

NSCA Certification -National council on Strength and fitness was established in 1996 which provide three main fitness certification.

  • Personal trainer
  • Sports nutritionist
  • Certified strength coach

Ncsf  Accreditation

NCSF has proud to have  Ncca accreditation and us reps registered exercise professional and European health and fitness association.

How to become an NCSF certified personal trainer, to become a personal trainer you must hold current CPR certification and 18-year-old and have a high school diploma to sit for the exam.

NCSF certification is valid for 2 years you need to update and renew the certification every 2 years with continuing education credits.

International fitness professional association:

IFPA is establishing in 1994, The IFPA has over 60+ progressed and concentrated confirmations for coaches to proceed with their improvement as wellness experts in topic running from Sports Nutrition, Sports Medicine, Sports Management, Senior Fitness, Youth Fitness, Low Back Disorders, Flexibility, Weight Management, Exercise Prescription, Pre and Post Natal, and Sports Conditioning.

IFPA Accreditation

They are the member of European registered exercise professional and have accreditation from national commission from Certifying agency (NCCA)


To become an IFPA certified personal trainer you must hold current CPR certification and must be 18 years old. And have a high school diploma. Moreover, IFPA offers distance learning and home study courses in a personal trainer and master personal trainer.

My final worlds

Health and fitness have a wide scope as a personal trainer and fitness trainer and fitness manager and sports nutritionist It's your decision how you look your carrier as a personal trainer and how much experience you have in personal training. Which certification is good for you to kick start your carrier and where you want to work in your own country or abroad. 

The basic salary in personal training is around 15000 to 18000 India rs and abroad like Dubai and Singapore it's around 4000 Aed for ace certified personal trainer and in Singapore is 1800$ to 2200$ with personal training incentives.

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