Personal trainers may choose to specialize in specific areas of interest. Some trainers choose to work with athletes or the elderly, for example, and pursue certifications tailored to working with those populations. If your interest is bodybuilding, you can choose from several different certifications that will help you build your knowledge and credentials in that area.
National Gym Association
The National Gym Association (NGA) is a leading non-profit organization supporting, teaching and training individuals in the art and science of bodybuilding. The NGA offers both personal trainer certification and certification as a master fitness trainer. As a master trainer, you have already received your personal trainer certification and are taking the next step in your career. Master trainers have in-depth knowledge on biochemistry, physiology and anatomy, which they can apply to helping their clients achieve bodybuilding success.
These courses are offered in an eight-week home-study format and you must be certified in CPR and first aid. To receive master trainer certification, you must also have three years of experience in the fitness field.
United States Sports Academy
The United States Sports Academy offers a certification program in bodybuilding that takes six weeks to complete. The program is designed to provide a foundation in the essential skills necessary to coach bodybuilding clients.
Participants must take six courses to complete the program. Course topics include sports strength and conditioning, ergogenic aids and sports performance, sports and fitness nutrition, applied sports performance, men’s bodybuilding and women’s resistance training. A different textbook is available for purchase for each course.
International Federation of Body Building and Fitness
The International Federation of Body Building and Fitness is an internationally recognized leader in the competitive bodybuilding industry. Its advanced bodybuilder and fitness training specialist certification course provides students with opportunities for further advancing their knowledge and skills to coach bodybuilders at the advanced level.
All training is completed online with study materials provided. While you are not required to take an exam at the end of the course, you must do so to receive your certification.
International Sports Sciences Association
The International Sports Sciences Association (ISSA) offers a distance-learning bodybuilder specialist certification program. The course covers topics pertaining to training, recovery, motivation and nutrition as they relate to both general fitness and bodybuilding. At the end of the course you will have the skills and knowledge necessary to work with high-level competitive bodybuilders or anyone who just wants to look and feel great.