Yeah, that's what i'm going for. NVQ level 3 is equivelant to personal trainer. Level 2 is gym instuctor (as far as i know anyway).
I don't really know what the deal is with bashing certifications on here, but the one i'm doing is by an organisation that shares the name of a rather well known camp song, with builders, police men etc in the video, lol. It's actually the best of a bad bunch, but one of the most recommended in the UK. The other is called Premier lol. I figured that's far too generic to pop up in any searches, but i know trainers who got certfied through this and it's nothing short of terrible. Incidentally these are the 2 most expensive.
I found out that NASM do a Level 3 NVQ/Personal Trainer award quite close to me, and it's cheaper. That's who I plan to get the Level 3 through but I need level 2 first.
Also bear in mind that my opinion of the 'terrible 2' is not everyone elses opinion. If you want lot's of options in terms of gyms thatwill allow you to work in them, then one of the terrible 2 is easily your best bet. The register of exercise professional recommends these 2 specifically, and that's who the gyms listen to. There's clearly a business relationship there lol. You need to pay to get on the register (REPS), and you need to pay for the courses. Gyms put you through courses too. If reps recommend a specific 2, then those 2 will obviously get more business. And you'll probably find that gyms get a special rate when putting staff through those courses, well, atleast the gyms that go by REPS guidelines.
In saying that aswell, I can see the challenges certifications have. There's so much debate and uncertaintly in 'fitness', that it must be tough when it comes to making things black and white. In order to have an assessment/exam process, you need to take the uncertain, and make it certain, for exam purposes. I can understand the challenges they face, however, I do think they could do a far better job with how they teach. There's a hell of a lot of emphasis on a lot of useless stuff, and not enough emphasis on usefull stuff. It's basically a cardio course with a hint of machines, which makes no sense when you consider what the average potential client wants - to look better....
I agree on the kinesiology/biomechanics stuff. Should deffinitly be more emphasis on that. They should really hammer home on anatomy then take it to movement. Without that it's like trying to fix/modify/improve a car with no real knowledge of how it actually works.