So you want to become a personal trainer – but not just any personal trainer – you decided to become a master trainer.

In this guide, we’ll talk about what a master personal trainer is and compare these four certifications:

  • Master Trainer Certification from the International Sports Sciences Association (ISSA)
  • Master Trainer Certification from the National Academy of Sports Medicine (NASM)
  • Master Trainer Program from the National Council on Strength and Fitness (NCSF)
  • Master Trainer Certification from Fitness Mentors (FM)
  • If you want to help people take control of their health and fitness and be the best person for the job, deciding to become a master fitness trainer is a big step in the right direction.

With so many different trainer programs out there, it can be overwhelming to determine which one is right for you. This guide is here to help you make the right decision.

What Is A Master Trainer?

A master trainer is a certification that can be highly sought after by employers and clients alike. With this certification, your title represents the additional knowledge and expertise you’ve gained beyond your CPT.

Master trainers have completed additional coursework that extends their education. Master trainers may also become those who “teach the teachers” – in other words, they may choose to instruct others how to be personal trainers.

What You’ll Need To Become a Master Fitness Trainer

Below is a breakdown of the prerequisites you’ll need to start your new program with each training option. There aren’t many prerequisites, so even if you’re relatively new to the personal trainer scene, you won’t have many more requirements on your path to becoming a master fitness trainer.

Master Trainer Certification from ISSA

  • You have to be at least 18 years old.
  • You must have up-to-date CPR and First Aid Certification.
  • You must receive your personal trainer certification, nutritionist specialization, and any four of their other approved specializations certification. A few of these options will be listed below in the course inclusions.

Master Trainer Certification from NASM

To become a NASM certified master trainer, you’ll need three years of training ten or more clients per week with the OPT™ model.

You’ll also need to attend a NASM workshop, plus possess the following three valid NASM certifications to apply to the Master Trainer program:

  • Certified Personal Trainer (CPT) from NASM
  • Corrective Exercise Specialist (CES)
  • Performance Enhancement Specialist (PES)

Plus, an approved college degree or one of the following:

  • Nutrition Certification (CNC)
  • Weight Loss Specialization (WLS)
  • Group Personal Training Specialization (GPT)

You can do these courses as part of the bundle, but you have to have them completed before applying to the live summit certification.

Master Trainer Program from NCSF

  • You must be at least 18 years old
  • Have a high school diploma or equivalent
  • NCSF recommends that you have experience in the health and fitness field

Master Personal Trainer from Fitness Mentors

  • High school diploma or equivalent
  • Bachelor’s degree in the Health and Fitness field or have a current accredited CPT certification
  • Valid government-issued photo ID
  • CPR and AED Certification

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