Do you miss learning about all of the fascinating components of the human body? Are you looking for ways to continue your education? Even though you’ve finished your course at AFNA, there are many many many more opportunities to learn available to you. You should always be on the lookout for new certifications and ways to improve your resume! This will ensure you stay above your competition!
Check out some of the links below for a little insight to the additional education platforms you can pursue!
Precision Nutrition (Level 1) is currently the leading platform for nutrition based education. This go-at-your-own-pace course offers plenty of information about human digestion, understanding various macronutrients and their benefits, and even dives into a coaching curriculum that can be applied across all facets of health and fitness. The course has limited sign up availability, so be sure to commit when you’re ready!
NASM Certified Nutritional Coach is a bit more affordable in terms of upfront cost, but doesn’t get as in depth as P.N.L1 does. However, their course is also offered fully online with options to learn at your own pace. Videos and additional reading material will be supplied to enhance your studies.
Advanced Training Certifications
The National Strength and Conditioning Association (NSCA) offers A Certified Strength and Condition Specialist (CSCS) certification that is available online. Although it is an online course, it is still a very challenging and technical curriculum. Their content and material is based on exercise physiology and peer-reviewed research on strength training programs geared towards athletes. Most trainers either opt for an ACSM, NASM, or CSCS certification. If you have 2 or more than these, you odds for landing a job will be significantly higher than your competition! Note: you must complete the course and exam within 120 days after registration.
A Never Ending Journey of Improving Your Craft
A word of advice: never grow complacent. When you get comfortable with your clients, so do they. And because comfort doesn’t challenge, your client won’t make progress. It is up to you to constantly be on the lookout for new opportunities to improve your education. I recommend taking CEU’s (continuing education units) or CEC’s (continuing education credits) every other year, so you can stay on top of your ACSM renewal program (45 units / 3 years) without needing to retest. Furthermore, I recommend taking a new course or certification every 3 years. This will help you retain a high value and allow you to charge more for your prices!