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    Free Certification that's NCCA approved

    Apparently it's official that NCCA has given their stamp of approval to an organization that is charging $0 for Personal Trainer Certification.

    Won't last too long but for the time being, that's the word on the curb.
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    Originally Posted by ptfitness4life View Post
    Apparently it's official that NCCA has given their stamp of approval to an organization that is charging $0 for Personal Trainer Certification.

    Won't last too long but for the time being, that's the word on the curb.
    Why don't you tell us the organization that's offering free certs?
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    Originally Posted by ChessGuy View Post
    Why don't you tell us the organization that's offering free certs?
    Forreal though... haha.
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    Just went to the Ice web site and searched NCCA-Accredited Certification Programs and found out indeed it is Action. Credited till 2019.
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    Originally Posted by ptfitness4life View Post
    Just went to the Ice web site and searched NCCA-Accredited Certification Programs and found out indeed it is Action. Credited till 2019.
    Well if you post about it shouldnt you tell us the site lol...
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    Originally Posted by ptfitness4life View Post
    Just went to the Ice web site and searched NCCA-Accredited Certification Programs and found out indeed it is Action. Credited till 2019.
    If the ACT cert is indeed the one mentioned, it is currently not accredited by the NCCA according to my research. Though it is in the process of being accredited. Its site boasts that it meets the NCCA accreditation requirements, although it, at the current time, is not NCCA accredited.

    I'm not saying it's not a good cert. It is indeed free and I am definitely checking it out, just thought I'd do a little research and share my findings.

    PS. There is a minimal charge (in comparison to other online certs.) if you want to have access to online lectures*.
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    Originally Posted by JONFERNANDEZ91 View Post
    If the ACT cert is indeed the one mentioned, it is currently not accredited by the NCCA according to my research. Though it is in the process of being accredited. Its site boasts that it meets the NCCA accreditation requirements, although it, at the current time, is not NCCA accredited.

    I'm not saying it's not a good cert. It is indeed free and I am definitely checking it out, just thought I'd do a little research and share my findings.

    PS. There is a minimal charge (in comparison to other online certs.) if you want to have access to online lectures*.
    Any idea if local gyms would hire a person with this cert? Id contemplate it since its basically free and I can try it out and now give a f*ck if I end up not liking the job. The only problem is will a gym hire a person with this cert or will they look for a more popular one?
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    the free one isnt accredited. there is a charge for the "accredited" one
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    The only charge"currently" for the newly NCCA approved Certified Personal Trainer accreditation is the $60 testing fee charged by the testing location that is proctoring the tests.
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    Originally Posted by ptfitness4life View Post
    The only charge"currently" for the newly NCCA approved Certified Personal Trainer accreditation is the $60 testing fee charged by the testing location that is proctoring the tests.
    yes but the free one(the one that can be taken on the computer) isnt accredited
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    Another opportunity for more uneducated idiots to run around calling themselves trainers because "I work out bro". Fantastic.

    And when was the last time a client asked anyone here if their certification was accredited? Or actually had a potential client do their research into what certifications they held?

    Hopefully no gym would actually hire someone with this crap but if they will hire people with AFAA then who knows?
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    It's been a long journey, but it's finally come to an end. If you haven't the news already, then let us be the first to tell you that we have finally received our NCCA accreditation! (You can check our status for yourselves here:Select "fitness and wellness" in the search box and then hit the search button).

    More importantly, the certification you get from ACTION is still free! No price changes will occur from this. That means ACTION's certificate is now the same as companies that charge $600 or more.

    Keep posted to all of our social media profiles for more news on what's going to be happening at ACTION

    *taken from their Facebook page as of this afternoon
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    Originally Posted by ptfitness4life View Post
    It's been a long journey, but it's finally come to an end. If you haven't the news already, then let us be the first to tell you that we have finally received our NCCA accreditation! (You can check our status for yourselves here:Select "fitness and wellness" in the search box and then hit the search button).

    More importantly, the certification you get from ACTION is still free! No price changes will occur from this. That means ACTION's certificate is now the same as companies that charge $600 or more.

    Keep posted to all of our social media profiles for more news on what's going to be happening at ACTION

    *taken from their Facebook page as of this afternoon
    negged for trying to make it sound like the test you can take at home on your personal computer for free is accredited
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    Originally Posted by WoofieNugget View Post
    Another opportunity for more uneducated idiots to run around calling themselves trainers because "I work out bro". Fantastic.

    And when was the last time a client asked anyone here if their certification was accredited? Or actually had a potential client do their research into what certifications they held?

    Hopefully no gym would actually hire someone with this crap but if they will hire people with AFAA then who knows?
    I agree. Accredited by whom anyway? People do not even know what the term accredited means. If they did, they would know that there are no 'accredited personal trainer certifications' Please research the NCCA, read their history, their sole purpose, their business model and their 'accredited programs' before you regurgitate that ridiculous acronym in this thread. The NCCA is about has credible as the BBB. As long as you can pay, they will give you an accreditation seal. Absolutely no one is denied membership.
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    Originally Posted by Ronin4help View Post
    I agree. Accredited by whom anyway? People do not even know what the term accredited means. If they did, they would know that there are no 'accredited personal trainer certifications' Please research the NCCA, read their history, their sole purpose, their business model and their 'accredited programs' before you regurgitate that ridiculous acronym in this thread. The NCCA is about has credible as the BBB. As long as you can pay, they will give you an accreditation seal. Absolutely no one is denied membership.
    most gyms look for ncca accreditation when deciding if they will accept it so it's important.
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    From what I know I think u are correct Ronin.
    NCCA has no requirements regarding personal training standards, they will, for a fee, give their stamp of approval to you if you have a proctored test that meets their standards.
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    Originally Posted by ptfitness4life View Post
    From what I know I think u are correct Ronin.
    NCCA has no requirements regarding personal training standards, they will, for a fee, give their stamp of approval to you if you have a proctored test that meets their standards.
    Correct. Now read their 'standards' protocol. You'll laugh for sure.
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    negged for trying to make it sound like the test you can take at home on your personal computer for free is accredited
    Actually it clearly states on Actions web site "*The ACTION Certification exam which has earned NCCA Accreditation is available at over 250 PSI Testing Centers across the U.S. and Canada. PSI charges a $60 fee to use their testing facility to take the exam. There is no fee to take the online certificate exam. "

    They should add though that the online test will not give you an accredited certificate if you pass, unless I'm mistaken.

    Update>>>just saw this on their site.

    "Update January 2014
    We got it!!! We are NCCA Accredited for the next 5 years. So go take the exam in the test center. If you have already passed the exam in the test center, you do not need to do anything. Your cert is NCCA Accredited automatically."
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    Myth #1: The Government Gives Accreditation to Personal Trainer Programs

    This might seem like a silly myth, but some governments do regulate personal training programs. In countries such as Australia or the United Kingdom, not only does the government regulate these programs, but they also require that personal trainers have to pass a government approved licensing exam.

    personal training accreditationSo what gives an agency such as ICE (the Institute for Credentialing Excellence, the organization that administers NCCA accreditation) its power?

    Actually, they are self-appointed. They are not a part of the government or appointed by the government. In addition, they may even be in business to make a profit.

    In fact, one well known certification program created their own accreditation body. But they weren't very smart about. Since they shared the same postal address.

    The bottom line is that starting a so called accreditation business is not hard to do. Anybody can do it. So while NCCA Accreditation is not perfect, it is far better than any of the other accreditation alternatives.

    Myth #2: All NCCA Accredited Programs are Good

    In order to choose a good certification program, many people use accreditation to make their final choice. The logic behind this makes a lot of sense. But, before you make this assumption, you should really understand what it means to receive NCCA accreditation. Also, understand what needs to be done in order to receive NCAA accreditation.

    ncca accreditationThe short explanation is that a program provider only has to pay an up front fee of $1600, complete an application and pay an additional $4300 annually.

    Granted this is very simplistic. There are a lot of hoops that programs have to jump through to earn their personal training accreditation.

    Did you know that the NCCA Accreditation application does not ask the certifications what their personal trainers have to do and learn to receive certification. The application asks generic questions about policies, procedures and testing methods.

    Sure, NCCA wants to know about what each applicant does in terms of testing security. However, this type of information really does not mean that you will receive a good grasp of personal training. Thus, it is questionable whether or not you will become a good personal trainer.

    In fact ICE states the following on their web site:


    "Certification organizations that submit their programs for personal training accreditation are evaluated based on the process and products, not the content, and are therefore applicable to all professions and industries. "

    Basically, the applicant could have a really good process in place, but have lousy content. Despite this fact, they will still get personal training accreditation.



    Myth #3: NCCA Accreditation is Only for Applicants in the Fitness Industry

    The quote from their web site above dispels this myth. Basically, if you pay your fees and fill out the application, you can receive NCAA accreditation. This extends to nurses, counselors and radiologists.
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    Originally Posted by ptfitness4life View Post
    Myth #1: The Government Gives Accreditation to Personal Trainer Programs

    This might seem like a silly myth, but some governments do regulate personal training programs. In countries such as Australia or the United Kingdom, not only does the government regulate these programs, but they also require that personal trainers have to pass a government approved licensing exam.

    personal training accreditationSo what gives an agency such as ICE (the Institute for Credentialing Excellence, the organization that administers NCCA accreditation) its power?

    Actually, they are self-appointed. They are not a part of the government or appointed by the government. In addition, they may even be in business to make a profit.

    In fact, one well known certification program created their own accreditation body. But they weren't very smart about. Since they shared the same postal address.

    The bottom line is that starting a so called accreditation business is not hard to do. Anybody can do it. So while NCCA Accreditation is not perfect, it is far better than any of the other accreditation alternatives.

    Myth #2: All NCCA Accredited Programs are Good

    In order to choose a good certification program, many people use accreditation to make their final choice. The logic behind this makes a lot of sense. But, before you make this assumption, you should really understand what it means to receive NCCA accreditation. Also, understand what needs to be done in order to receive NCAA accreditation.

    ncca accreditationThe short explanation is that a program provider only has to pay an up front fee of $1600, complete an application and pay an additional $4300 annually.

    Granted this is very simplistic. There are a lot of hoops that programs have to jump through to earn their personal training accreditation.

    Did you know that the NCCA Accreditation application does not ask the certifications what their personal trainers have to do and learn to receive certification. The application asks generic questions about policies, procedures and testing methods.

    Sure, NCCA wants to know about what each applicant does in terms of testing security. However, this type of information really does not mean that you will receive a good grasp of personal training. Thus, it is questionable whether or not you will become a good personal trainer.

    In fact ICE states the following on their web site:


    "Certification organizations that submit their programs for personal training accreditation are evaluated based on the process and products, not the content, and are therefore applicable to all professions and industries. "

    Basically, the applicant could have a really good process in place, but have lousy content. Despite this fact, they will still get personal training accreditation.



    Myth #3: NCCA Accreditation is Only for Applicants in the Fitness Industry

    The quote from their web site above dispels this myth. Basically, if you pay your fees and fill out the application, you can receive NCAA accreditation. This extends to nurses, counselors and radiologists.
    Someone who finally took the time to research something instead of pretending to know what he's talking about. Good job ptfitness.
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    Originally Posted by ptfitness4life View Post
    Myth #1: The Government Gives Accreditation to Personal Trainer Programs

    This might seem like a silly myth, but some governments do regulate personal training programs. In countries such as Australia or the United Kingdom, not only does the government regulate these programs, but they also require that personal trainers have to pass a government approved licensing exam.

    personal training accreditationSo what gives an agency such as ICE (the Institute for Credentialing Excellence, the organization that administers NCCA accreditation) its power?

    Actually, they are self-appointed. They are not a part of the government or appointed by the government. In addition, they may even be in business to make a profit.

    In fact, one well known certification program created their own accreditation body. But they weren't very smart about. Since they shared the same postal address.

    The bottom line is that starting a so called accreditation business is not hard to do. Anybody can do it. So while NCCA Accreditation is not perfect, it is far better than any of the other accreditation alternatives.

    Myth #2: All NCCA Accredited Programs are Good

    In order to choose a good certification program, many people use accreditation to make their final choice. The logic behind this makes a lot of sense. But, before you make this assumption, you should really understand what it means to receive NCCA accreditation. Also, understand what needs to be done in order to receive NCAA accreditation.

    ncca accreditationThe short explanation is that a program provider only has to pay an up front fee of $1600, complete an application and pay an additional $4300 annually.

    Granted this is very simplistic. There are a lot of hoops that programs have to jump through to earn their personal training accreditation.

    Did you know that the NCCA Accreditation application does not ask the certifications what their personal trainers have to do and learn to receive certification. The application asks generic questions about policies, procedures and testing methods.

    Sure, NCCA wants to know about what each applicant does in terms of testing security. However, this type of information really does not mean that you will receive a good grasp of personal training. Thus, it is questionable whether or not you will become a good personal trainer.

    In fact ICE states the following on their web site:


    "Certification organizations that submit their programs for personal training accreditation are evaluated based on the process and products, not the content, and are therefore applicable to all professions and industries. "

    Basically, the applicant could have a really good process in place, but have lousy content. Despite this fact, they will still get personal training accreditation.



    Myth #3: NCCA Accreditation is Only for Applicants in the Fitness Industry

    The quote from their web site above dispels this myth. Basically, if you pay your fees and fill out the application, you can receive NCAA accreditation. This extends to nurses, counselors and radiologists.
    the ncca also requires that the company can't require one to buy the company's study materials and it must be proctored
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    makes me wonder what is involved in getting NCAA accredited...
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    Originally Posted by BC02 View Post
    the ncca also requires that the company can't require one to buy the company's study materials and it must be proctored
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    Even if this is true, it is meaningless. They have absolutely no protocol for following up with companies to ensure any 'requirements' are being adhered to. Once you are 'approved' and your check is cashed, you never communicate with one another again. 100 percent of their existence is dependent on companies paying them fees for 'accreditation'. They can't afford to turn people away. The NCCA has already been sold twice to other companies no one has ever heard of. It was a horribly conceived business model and it remains one. Worse... it serves zero purpose except for the fact that personal trainer organizations can say they are being regulated by a higher, unbiased, power. It is the biggest scam in the fitness industry.
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