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In the world of personal training
, NASM certification is the gold standard. NASM certification lets your potential employers and clients know that you’ve successfully completed a program of rigorous courses and testing and that you have the skills and knowledge to lead safe and effective physical training sessions. Why should you pursue NASM certification? Here’s what you need to know:
What Is NASM Certification?
NASM stands for the National Academy of Sports Medicine
. Since 1987, NASM has been at the forefront of exercise science, movement science, and nutritional research and has used the results of their studies to develop real-world guidelines for training and athletes. NASM techniques are used by trainers in all major sports, and their research is also applied by physical therapists, massage therapists, nutritionists, and sports medicine doctors. Certification by NASM means that you have passed an exam that covers important topics in your chosen field.
How Do I Become NASM-Certified?
To become a NASM-certified trainer, you must be at least 18 years of age and have current CPR and automated external defibrillator certification. You must also pass the NASM Certified Personal Trainer exam. Though not required for registering for the test, completing a personal training course at a college will significantly increase your chances of passing the test and better prepare you for the job.
What Are the Benefits of Being NASM-Certified?
Many health clubs require that their trainers be NASM-certified, and many private training clients also look for NASM certification. Being NASM-certified can also help you get jobs in other sports medicine fields, including training for professional sports teams.
If NASM certification is your goal, consider the personal training program at California Healing Arts College
. Our 12-month, 41-credit program is designed to help you pass the NASM exam. We also offer massage therapy courses at our Los Angeles campus. Call us today at (310) 773-3419 to schedule an appointment with an admissions representative.