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Role of NCCA
The importance of finding an NCCA accredited certification cannot be overemphasized. The accreditation was put in place after numerous reports of injury and often death at the hands of trainers who were "certified." Many trainers simply obtain their certification by taking a quick online test. There are several mail-order "certifications", and several certifications which have extremely low or suspicious standards of achievement.
Critics of the NCCA mention that more of a practical component should be tested. Still, the NCCA itself attempts to establish a minimal level of acceptable knowledge, and it is difficult to have reliable means of testing practical ability. While certifications like ACSM and NSCA require a great deal of technical and scientific knowledge, others are less rigorous. Some of the six NCCA certifications are considered to be too easy by those in the industry. However, the standards do allow for a minimal level of accepted knowledge, and anything below NCCA standards is truly unacceptable and dangerous.
NETA courses do not have NCCA ceritication. They are in the process of obtaining it:http://www.ndeita.com/accreditation.htm
Why is NETA pursuing NCCA accreditation?
NETA is and always has been wholly committed to providing the public with a product (hands-on training and certification) that is valid, reliable and fair. NCCA accreditation is one avenue to provide the public with that assurance and NCCA is recognized industry wide as the gold standard in certification accreditation.
When will NETA be accredited?
NCCA does not accredit an organization; it accredits an individual certification program offered by an organization. NETA’s Personal Trainer Certification is currently in the application process (the application was submitted 4/28/2006). NETA’s Group Fitness Instructor certification will undergo meticulous restructuring as we learn from the accreditation process for the Personal Trainer Program.
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