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What training is necessary to become a fitness instructor?

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What training is necessary to become a fitness instructor?

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The requirements for each type of training vary by specialization. For example, personal trainers will need to have different certifications than group fitness instructors. However, all fitness instructors typically have a high school diploma or higher. Recently, because of increasing competition, more employers are requiring their employees to hold an associate's or a bachelor's degree in health, kinesiology, or a similar field.

Employers usually give preference to certified candidates, or may require them to be certified before working with people. Group fitness instructors are not usually required to have a certification, but many employers may prefer them to be certified. The National Commission for Certifying Agencies (NCCA) has a list of accredited certifying agencies from which you can choose. Many times, you will also need training and certification in cardiopulmonary resuscitation (CPR) and automated external defibrillators (AED).

For more information on fitness certifications, check out this article.

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