- Teaches fundamental education and competency skills
- Ideally there are many learning styles (visual, verbal, kinetic) to aid the student in understanding the material and process so that they may be skilled with the information .
- There are many levels of education (high school, college, universities, home study etc)
- Is a process of completing both theoretical and practical competencies
- standardized process that is unbiased
- measures the ability of the candidate to apply the knowledge and skills to become successful as a professional.
- Passing a certification establishes that the individual is minimally competent to work unsupervised at the job responsibility
- Certification does not mean that an individual knows everything required to be considered an expert in a given field.
- The candidate should realize that maintaining certification requires ongoing education to maintain their status as fitness education is constantly updating and diversifying
Continuing Education Course Hours ( CEC’s) or Continuing Education Units ( CEU’s):
- Each organization has a minimum requirement to re-qualify the candidate to continue their certification
- CEC’s/CEU’s provides the professional with ongoing knowledge, techniques and teaching skills
- Usually an individual updates with a specialty module or qualification
- Assumes that the individual has participated via onsite or home study education
- Generally there is not a full examination process like the entry level unless you qualify for a higher level of status or education ( such as Seniors Instructor, Personal Trainer, Weight Management Consultant, Rehabilitation Specialist)
- Advanced Certification require more training, competencies and time to complete successfully
- Anyone may attend a CEC workshop
- Individual receives a certificate of course completion stating hours, location, date and topics covered
- Certified individuals must submit this a proof when they are re-certifying