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One of the easiest ways to get a personal training certification is to go online and take a test from an accredited certifying company, such as ACE, AFA or ACSM. Discover how a CPR certification may be required to become a trainer with help from a certified personal trainer in this free video on personal training.

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You know a lot of people ask how do you get a personal training certification. One of the quickest easiest ways to go about doing it is go on line, look up a couple of different accredited certifying companies like ACE or AFA or ACSM or whatnot. Go to some of their workshops, do the process where you pay the money and you get the books, you do the study material, do the prac apps., take the written test and in most cases all it requires is a written test to pass to get certified. So it's fairly simple to get certified. What happens is what you do with that certification, it defines how you are and who you are as a trainer so how you build your clients. And what they do is they just teach you the fundamentals of getting started. They teach how to market yourself, how to sell yourself, what to charge, you know how to go about acquiring clients and what to do once you have those clients, so that you don't hurt anybody or you know, you prevent you know any type of injury or lawsuit. The other thing they go over is you know, how to get insurance. You need to have insurance as well as CPR certification in order to be a trainer. You know, from that point on you can either go about working for a gym, private contractor or you can be your own boss and contract out to a gym. Typically what happens is you pay a gym five hundred dollars a month and you can train as many people as you'd like. You know, the only difficult thing with that is bringing those clients in to the gym to get started to begin with. But, other than that, it's fairly simple to get certified, look, up a couple different places on line and go from there.

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