Hey everyone. I'm a Canadian personal trainer who is certified by CanFit Pro, but have talked to a lot of non-corporate gyms and studios and they prefer trainers who have multiple certs other than canfit. I am going to sign up to do another cert this week but I am a little confused as to which I should take. I was looking at either the NASM CPT or the ACSM CPT. Any thoughts? Which one might be better? Are there any other certs that I might be better off with that I'm overlooking? I have a degree, but it's not sports science or nutrition related.
Thread: NASM vs. ACSM Certs
10-06-2009, 03:14 PM #1
NASM vs. ACSM CertsAKA TheBack.
10-06-2009, 03:53 PM #2
10-06-2009, 05:47 PM #3
If you plan to branch out for cardiac rehab or another clinical type of job, then ACSM would be better for you. If you plan to train average Joes and Janes then the new knowledge from the NASM cert will help you a lot diversifying your personal training.
If you do plan to get an ACSM cert (since you already have Can-Fit Pro) you may want to get one of their specialist certs (other than personal trainer / HFI) as it would give you the highest qualification to train specific clients which may allow you to score a higher paying job and/or even have insurance companies pay for your specialty services.Contact me about our author Program
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10-06-2009, 06:38 PM #4
10-07-2009, 07:11 AM #5
I've stated on this board before that a trainer cert is not like a JD or an MBA. There is no required certification. If you go for one of the bigger names, and NASM and ACSM are certainly two of them, then you can't go wrong.
Unless there is a specific requirement from your gym(and again, I don't even believe that is a finite) then you should go with whichever one is cheaper and easier for you to get.
10-07-2009, 10:51 AM #6
11-05-2009, 12:53 PM #7
NASM vs ACSM price difference
I am also trying to decide which certification program to go through. It sounds like ACSM and NASM are equally accredited and accepted. I just want the best education. I guess my question is if they are both considered two of the best programs why is NASM $799 w/ the workshop or $699 w/ out the workshop, whereas ACSM is about $500 including the workshop and only about $155 for textbooks and shipping? Both of these you pay additional for the exam fee.
11-05-2009, 12:59 PM #8
11-06-2009, 03:32 PM #9
NASM will get you more recognition in the corporate fitness world, more because they are the most heavily marketed organization than because they are an excellent company. They are a lot better than most other certs but don't confuse this with me saying that they are excellent, just that there is nothing better as of now for the corporate fitness world.
ACSM will get you more recognition for clinical settings and have specialty certifications that emphasize various demographics - cancer patients, disabled cleints, etc. Also if you have a 4 year degree (in the case of their CEP a masters is required) in a health/exercise related field, as well as some sort of experience in a clinical setting (not clear on exactly what but you can find out at their website) you can pursue higher level certificates that will make you very highly sought after in places that emphasize rehabilitation and populations at high risk for various health problems.
If you're looking to go independent it doesn't matter, get some cheap ass cert that you can market as being legit and focus on becoming a better networker, marketer, and salesman. Do your own research on being a great trainer, it will be necessary regardless of what certificate you have.
Hope this was helpful.
Last edited by Charuto222; 11-06-2009 at 03:38 PM.They see indoctrination and they call it "morality", "professionalism", or "maturity" depending on the context.
11-06-2009, 03:49 PM #10
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What are you considering "corporate fitness"?
Nowhere I have worked has NASM been considered better than the 3rd best cert, and since I'm here in Texas, it's usually #4 behind Cooper.
OP, if you are interested in the better cert, as in which cert will teach you more and make you a better trainer, I'd go with ACSM.
11-06-2009, 04:38 PM #11
11-08-2009, 12:15 PM #12
Is there a reason the NSCA isn't in the mix?
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11-09-2009, 06:06 AM #13
You're on the money to say that ACSM is the better cert but NASM has more marketing hype and, at least in my area, gives you more recognitionThey see indoctrination and they call it "morality", "professionalism", or "maturity" depending on the context.
03-30-2016, 05:30 PM #14
Both of these certifications are in my top three overall at the moment. Both NASM and ACSM are more corrective exercise specialist focused compared to the general certifications out there. The both focus strongly on detecting muscular imbalances throughout the body and correcting them before moving on to any sort of strength training routine. Both are very highly accepted by pretty much every single employer out there. ACSM has been around for a long time and their research is used pretty much by every other certification that is on the market. NASM on the other hand has taken that research and applied a fantastic progressive training model with the knowledge. I also think that their study materials are much more helpful than ACSM's. If you are still struggling between the two I have a great article comparing the pros and cons of both so that you can make an informed decision on which one is right for you. Check it out here: http://www.ptpioneer.com/acsm-vs-nasm/PTptioneer.com
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