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Full NameNational Academy of Sports MedicineAmerican Council on ExerciseAmerican College of Sports MedicineNational Strength and Conditioning AssociationThe International Sports Sciences Association
First Personal Trainer Certification19891991199419931988
Best if you areGraduate of an exercise science or related program and want a scientific-style model for trainingGroup exercise enthusiat who wants to add general personal training concepts to group classesExercise science or related student in a college program also want a certification on top of a degreeGraduates of college programs in exercise science who want to work with athletesPassionate about fitness and want professional and practical programming to get results
Free Professional WebsiteOnly at premium packagesNot AvailableNot AvailableNot AvailableIncluded Free
Unlimited Lifetime SupportNot AvailableNot AvailableNot AvailableNot AvailableIncluded Free
Job GuaranteeOnly at premium packagesNot AvailableNot AvailableNot AvailableIncluded Free
Better Business RatingAA+A+A+B
Number of Reviews8975867245808,508
TrustPilot Reviews3.2 of 5---4.7 of 5
Facebook Reviews4 of 54.6 of 54.6 of 54.0 of 54.7 of 5
Yelp Reviews1.5 of 54 of 52.5 of 5-3 of 5
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NCCA Accredited Exam OfferedYesYesYesYesYes*
Typical Review Description"Very tough exam - poor customer service""Good beginner-level certification""Lacking in study materials""For the strength and conditioning focused""Great support - in-depth and robust materials"
Exam Time120 mins180 mins150 mins180 minsUnlimited
Exam Passing Score70%62.50%68.75%70%75%
Exam Pass Rate64%65%54%58%90%
Retest$199$199 - $250 after 60 days$175Members: $340 Nonmembers: $475Free Retests
RecertificationEvery two yearsEvery two yearsEvery three yearsEvery three yearsEvery two years
Recertification CEUs20 hours20 hours45 hours20 hours20 hours
Recertification Cost$99$129$55$90Free with ISSA CEUs

*Last Updated January 31st, 2022

*NCCA accredited exams offered through ISSA's subsidiary, NCCPT

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