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    NCCPT a good program?

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    There is a groupon for classes and the test with the National Council of Certified Personal Trainer for 70% off. Does anyone have any feedback about this program. The price is right, but I want to see if this a good program.
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    Just saw this as well. Really thinkin about giving it a go if its a decent program. Would be a nice little gig to have while being in school
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    I did it. You can't beat that price if you can pass the taste you're certified. I did my research, it's not a very well known certification. But every chain gym in my area accepts it for their trainers. So I see it as a sound investment.
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    bump, i see the groupon add too.
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    Ya i saw the groupon too! I was seriously considering it i think im gonna buy it today. I figure worse case senerio at least i will learn more about how to train myself anyway
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    I just purchased this program and the materials are elaborate. It's not a fluff PT cert...
    14 Chapters of PDFs of detailed info + a number of videos to watch.
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    Why another certification? There are hundreds more out there. If I had to get one certification, it would be one of the more recognized ones. If I thought they had some good material, I would buy the book, but skip the certification.
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    Originally Posted by MaxwellGuns View Post
    I just purchased this program and the materials are elaborate. It's not a fluff PT cert...
    14 Chapters of PDFs of detailed info + a number of videos to watch.
    Hey Max, Did they email you the materials?? I cant seem to find them on the site.
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    Originally Posted by jpauls View Post
    Hey Max, Did they email you the materials?? I cant seem to find them on the site.
    So, assuming you paid for the program I some fashion...

    Yes, a rep from NCCPT emailed me detailed instructions & links to access the mat'ls. If you're having difficulty they have a very responsive customer service email & phone service.
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    Just got all the materials in an email. Looks like a very intensive program. Definitely will be getting the practice test in order to prepare.
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    For anyone saying that the program looks like they offer great material, or is intensive, what is your reference point? Have you done any other certifications?
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    I've heard of this certification. I know Urban Active Fitness accepts it as it's on their list of accepted certifications but I have never actually met a trainer certified by the NCCPT.
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    Lol at anyone who would think a certification offered through a Groupon is going to be at all credible or useful.

    You guys do realize that any of you can start a personal trainer cert company and charge people money for a piece of paper, right? Grab one of the competitors books, photocopy it, change some words and offer it for less! That's the great thing about working in an unregulated industry.
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    Originally Posted by WoofieNugget View Post
    Lol at anyone who would think a certification offered through a Groupon is going to be at all credible or useful.

    You guys do realize that any of you can start a personal trainer cert company and charge people money for a piece of paper, right? Grab one of the competitors books, photocopy it, change some words and offer it for less! That's the great thing about working in an unregulated industry.
    Pretty sure the NCCPT is NCCA accredited. That at least puts it above the likes of ISSA and Crossfit certifications.
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    Originally Posted by MikeyH83 View Post
    I did it. You can't beat that price if you can pass the taste you're certified. I did my research, it's not a very well known certification. But every chain gym in my area accepts it for their trainers. So I see it as a sound investment.

    Looking up PT jobs in my area and it doesn't seem 24 Hour Fitness accepts it, but they accept many others.

    ht tp://careers.24hourfitness.com/job/Kansas-City-Personal-Trainer-Job-MO-64101/2093257/?feedId=4&utm_source=Indeed
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    Originally Posted by KCGuy01012011 View Post
    Looking up PT jobs in my area and it doesn't seem 24 Hour Fitness accepts it, but they accept many others.

    ht tp://careers.24hourfitness.com/job/Kansas-City-Personal-Trainer-Job-MO-64101/2093257/?feedId=4&utm_source=Indeed
    A lot of the certifications 24 hour Fitness accepts I've never even heard of. W.I.T.S? What in the Hell is that?
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    I am curious about it since I think the instruction might be beneficial to me since I'm just starting out in weightlifting and general fitness plus being certified is something I can add to my other accomplishments even if it carries very little weight in the PT community. How much does a more legitimate PT certification run? Also, do these certifications expire?
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    Originally Posted by KCGuy01012011 View Post
    I am curious about it since I think the instruction might be beneficial to me since I'm just starting out in weightlifting and general fitness plus being certified is something I can add to my other accomplishments even if it carries very little weight in the PT community. How much does a more legitimate PT certification run? Also, do these certifications expire?
    Just about any certification is good enough to get you hired at a chain gym just so long as you can convince them you can sell. A more upscale performance gym might require a more prestigious certification like the NSCA-CSCS or ACSM-HFS as well as a college degree in an exercise related field.

    Certifications do expire and need to be renewed by earning CEU's. Renewal date is anywhere from 1 to 5 years depending on the certification. The most recognized certifications are any certification from the NSCA, ACSM, or NASM. For some reason ACE is pretty well recognized even though it's content is bollocks.
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    I bought this groupon too. Has anyone taken the test yet? I'm wondering how close it is to the sample test.
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    Poverty cert, if your going to take it serious then take it serious and go either nsca or acsm
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    Originally Posted by MaxwellGuns View Post
    lol

    you obviously have not done any research on nccpt

    although, nasm is definitely a more recognized cert

    I have that one already.
    Has anyone actually met a trainer who has the NCCPT? I haven't.
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    Originally Posted by USAWchamp View Post
    Has anyone actually met a trainer who has the NCCPT? I haven't.
    Actually, I have a friend that got the NCCPT cert years ago and is a PT at a local gym (but the test has changed since she got it). I also know that most of the local gyms in my area (which is not a huge city) do accept the cert. It may be the minimum, but I was just looking for a way to gauge my own interest/ability in PT and using this cert as a stepping stone to another cert. I'd rather spend the $148 that this one costs on groupon than $600+ for the others. Especially since I know the local gyms accept it. This way I can make money with my NCCPT while I persue the more widely recognized certs and possibly even get the gym to pay for the other cert(s) (which some do).
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    Originally Posted by MaxwellGuns View Post
    lol

    you obviously have not done any research on nccpt

    although, nasm is definitely a more recognized cert

    I have that one already.
    I never mentioned nasm

    The National Council for Certified Personal Trainers (NCCPT) was started in Southern California by John Platero in September of 1995, when he was promoted to Director of Personal Training for a chain of health clubs called LA FITNESS. Faced with the common problem of having to increase revenue without a qualified staff, John decided to create a vehicle by which he could recruit new trainers, teach them the basics and provide these future professionals with a system to earn a good living, while they continue to learn and grow as a Personal Trainer.



    This tells me everything i need to know about this cert. Its a revenue driven cert not education based.




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    Founded in 1978, the NSCA has been serving its members by bridging the gap between science and application. Take an online tour of the NSCA’s legacy and learn about the association’s impact on strength and conditioning as both a practice and profession.
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    I came across it as well. My view is that it's inexpensive enough with the discount that it's worth checking out to get your foot in the door or if you're the kind of person that like to have a well rounded education base. With that said, I cant imagine this covering anything new that the current crop of programs doesn't already.
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    The deal is alive again on Living Social.

    Edit: I bought the deal just to check it out. The bibliography of their manual references the ACE personal training manual, 1st edition, Essential of Strength Training and Conditioning (NSCA), and Fitness: The Complete Guide (ISSA). So At least it seems like there will be some carryover to those two certs.
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    Originally Posted by BobisMighty View Post
    The deal is alive again on Living Social.

    Edit: I bought the deal just to check it out. The bibliography of their manual references the ACE personal training manual, 1st edition, Essential of Strength Training and Conditioning (NSCA), and Fitness: The Complete Guide (ISSA). So At least it seems like there will be some carryover to those two certs.
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    First off, i just want to say that any company selling certification is revenue driven because any business started is focused on revenue, Except for non-profits, which none of the personal trainer certifications would fall under. So, to discredit a company for trying to make money is silly. Secondly, I just took the test and passed. Do the study guide and practice test and know that material and you will be in good standing. A lot, of the material is taken right from those study materials. Lastly, I am very sartisified with what I have learned. Very well rounded certification and functional. Excercise application and kinesiology was a big part of the exam, but some focus was on nutrition, excercise physiology, and business of PT.
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    Originally Posted by slonedigitty View Post
    First off, i just want to say that any company selling certification is revenue driven because any business started is focused on revenue, Except for non-profits, which none of the personal trainer certifications would fall under. So, to discredit a company for trying to make money is silly. Secondly, I just took the test and passed. Do the study guide and practice test and know that material and you will be in good standing. A lot, of the material is taken right from those study materials. Lastly, I am very sartisified with what I have learned. Very well rounded certification and functional. Excercise application and kinesiology was a big part of the exam, but some focus was on nutrition, excercise physiology, and business of PT.
    I also just took the exam and passed (second try). I agree with everything this guy said^. STUDY THE SAMPLE TEST! Don't assume you'll pass it just because you've been lifting for X amount of years.
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    Originally Posted by USAWchamp View Post
    Just about any certification is good enough to get you hired at a chain gym just so long as you can convince them you can sell. A more upscale performance gym might require a more prestigious certification like the NSCA-CSCS or ACSM-HFS as well as a college degree in an exercise related field.

    Certifications do expire and need to be renewed by earning CEU's. Renewal date is anywhere from 1 to 5 years depending on the certification. The most recognized certifications are any certification from the NSCA, ACSM, or NASM. For some reason ACE is pretty well recognized even though it's content is bollocks.
    This is true. I don't particularly like the usage of the word 'prestigious' when talking about a 200 dollar certification program, but the point is well made.
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    I personally met John Platero at one if his workshops in Culver City CA when I bought the course2 years ago (2011) and the info about how he used to work for,LA Fitness is true.. Great workshop, great guy, great material, a great way to get started, i'm going to get certified in nutrition now.
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