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What is the best Personal Trainer Certification for you?

With the Personal Trainer Certification Comparison Chart, you can easily compare Personal Trainer Certifications and find out which one best fits your needs, budget, learning style and career goals.

  ACE NSCA ACSM NASM ISSA
Type of Business
Non-profit Non-profit Non-profit For-profit For-profit
Number of Active Certified Professionals
90,000+ Not publicly reported Not publicly reported Not publicly reported Not publicly reported
Certification
Personal Trainer Personal Trainer Personal Trainer Personal Trainer Personal Trainer
Accreditation & Recognition
NCCA, iCREPS ICE
(creator of NCCA)
NCCA NCCA DEAC, NCCPT
(limitations)
  US and Worldwide US and Worldwide US and Worldwide US and Worldwide US and Worldwide
Online Learning & Exam Prep Experience
- Interactive learning dashboard
- Video demos & lectures
- Exercise Science 1011
- Live Q&A webinars1
- Facilitated study groups1
- Exam prep blog
- 4 practice exams1 and quizzes
- Dedicated Advantage team (on-demand support)1
- Online practice quizzes - Webinars
- Facebook study groups
- Online practice quizzes
- Online exam content outline
- Online video content
- Facebook study groups
- Online practice quizzes
- Online exam content outline
- Online practice quizzes
Textbooks
Hardcopy and digital textbook
Hardcopy and digital Study Companion
Audiobook1
Hardcopy textbooks
Exam content description eBook
Hardcopy textbooks
Hardcopy and digital textbook
Hardcopy and digital textbook
Digital study guide & workbook
Exam Experience
1 exam registration
Testing sites and online proctoring
Exam registration3
Testing sites
Exam registration3
Testing sites and online proctoring
1 exam registration
1 exam retest1
Testing sites and online proctoring
1 free accredited exam2
Online proctoring2
Renewal Requirements
20 hours
every 2 years
10 hours
every 3 years
45 hours
every 3 years
20 hours
every 2 years
20 hours
every 2 years
Specializations Offered
- Fitness Nutrition (most popular)
- Functional Training
- Weight Management
- Senior Fitness
- Behavior Change
- Youth Fitness
- Sports Performance
- Orthopedic Exercise
- Pain-Free Movement
- Functional Aging
- Cancer Exercise
- Functional Aging Group Exercise
- Corrective Exercise
- Strength and Conditioning
- Special Population
- Exercise is Medicine
- Inclusive Fitness Trainer
- Cancer Exercise Trainer
- NPAS (National Physical Activity Society) Physical Activity in Public Health
- Corrective Exercise
- Performance Enhancement
- Behavior Change
- Nutrition
- Group PT
- Weight Loss
- Women's
- Youth
- Seniors
- Golf
- MMA Conditioning
- Group Exercise
- Bodybuilding
- Strength & Conditioning
- Corrective Exercise
- DNA-Based Fitness
- Lifespan Coach (Youth-Senior)
- Exercise Therapy
- Online Coach
- Performance Enhancement
- Yoga
- Kickboxing
- Powerlifting
- Weight Management
- Youth
- Senior
Monthly Payment Plan Options
Yes
No
No
Yes
Yes
Most Popular Study Program
Plus Study Program $999
(more options available)
Essential Plus Package $511 Study Kit Package $206.76 Guided Study $1499 Self Guided Study $1098

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