Accreditation from a third-party, independent organization that explicitly accredits certification programs is an important part of determining whether a program is credible. Since 2003, ACE has maintained accreditation from the National Commission for Certifying Agencies (NCCA) for our Personal Trainer, Group Fitness Instructor, Health Coach, and Advanced Health and Fitness Specialist certifications. In 2012, we also earned accreditation from the European Health & Fitness Association (EHFA) for our Personal Trainer and Group Fitness Instructor programs.
National Commission for Certifying Agencies (NCCA) Accreditation
Meeting a Gold Standard in the Industry
The NCCA serves as the independent accrediting body of the Institute for Credentialing Excellence (ICE). Originally formed in 1977, the NCCA establishes standards of excellence for certification programs and awards accreditation to programs that meet those standards. As of 2012, accreditation has been awarded to over 300 programs for professionals from a number of fields including registered dietitians, athletic trainers, nurse practitioners, medical assistants, occupational therapists and fitness professionals.
For many employers, a certification from an NCCA-accredited program is an easy way to identify a qualified candidate from an unqualified one. Within the fitness industry, the International Health, Racquet & Sportsclub Association (IHRSA) and the Medical Fitness Association (MFA) both recommend club owners and medical fitness facilities hire professionals with NCCA-accredited certifications. Learn More ▶
Coalition for the Registration of Exercise Professionals
Advocating for Well-Qualified Professionals
In 2014, ACE joined several other leading certification organizations in our industry as a member of the newly formed Coalition for the Registration of Exercise Professionals (CREP). The 501(c)(6) advocates for health and fitness professionals who hold current, NCCA-accredited certifications on issues that pertain to regulation; access and scope of work; seeking recognition as health providers; and maintaining the United States Registry of Exercise Professionals (USREPS), an internationally recognized registry of exercise professionals who hold NCCA-accredited certifications in the United States.
CREP membership also includes the American College of Sports Medicine (ACSM), The Cooper Institute (CI), the National Council on Strength and Fitness (NCSF), the National Exercise Trainers Association (NETA), the National Strength and Conditioning Association (NCSA) and the Pilates Method Alliance (PMA).
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European Health & Fitness Association (EHFA) Accreditation
Achieving Approval in Europe
Just as the NCCA sets standards for certification programs in the United States, the European Health & Fitness Association (EHFA) sets standards throughout Europe. Using a standards council comprised of industry experts, employers, academics and practitioners from across Europe, the nonprofit promotes best practices at nearly 10,000 health and fitness clubs.
In 2012, ACE became the first U.S. certification provider to earn approval by the EHFA Standards Council. The designation means ACE Certified Personal Trainers and Group Fitness Instructors are eligible to join the European Register of Exercise Professionals (EREPS), the principle resource for hiring qualified health and fitness professionals in Europe.
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