Great question!

If you have been researching how to become a personal trainer, you have come to find out that the fitness industry is confusing with a buffet of certifications and organizations.

All of this can be traced back to the fitness industry having no public or private regulation yet. Anyone can call themselves a “personal trainer”. To put this in perspective: every cosmetologist needs at least 1000 educational hours, and are required to retain a state board in Massachusetts.

So what does one do to get ahead in the industry? Simply put, you do as much as you can to distinguish yourself. By graduating AAPT ,you are educating and credentialing yourself with the highest standard to separate yourself from your peers. AAPT now offers both a diploma AND the NASM certification exam upon graduation. Our partnership with NASM has created the ideal platform for our students to graduate not only educated and with hands-on training, but also prepared to sit for they NASM certification exam, if they so choose, setting they above the rest.

A Diploma requires no upkeep, while certifications require continuing education courses and renewal fees. The quality of the AAPT Diploma is known throughout the United States, and it brings you connectivity, networking and job placement.

AAPT has raised the bar for all personal trainers. Learning concepts in the classroom then going out into their private gym and using these concepts with hands on training really helped me learn to be a great personal trainer. Their affiliation with NASM means Grads are educated and certified and will be in high demand in the quickly growing fitness industry.

Chris Connolly , 2012 AAPT Graduate
Department of Education
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Precision Nutrition