Every single certifying agency that I know requires you to keep on obtaining continuing education in order to get recertified with them. I have separate articles on ACE continuing education as well as NASM continuing education that are very similar. Most certifying agencies require you to get recertified every two or three years so the question will continue to arise, what are some cheap CEUs for personal trainers? CEU’s and CEC’s are basically the same thing one stands for continuing education units in one’s sins for continuing education credits. Different certifying agencies use different names. I decided to write this article because I have gone through the recertification process and received plenty continuing education units. I have done a variety of different things including getting an additional certification, getting an advanced or specialized certifications, attended seminars or do online courses. And although I think the very best way to obtain continuing education units is to get another certification or advanced certification, I will also show you the path of least resistance. Because I know a lot of you are strapped for money, I’ll show you the cheapest place to get continuing education credits that I have found so far. Let’s get right into my article on cheap CEUs for personal trainers!
The website that provides the cheapest CEUs for personal trainers
Out of all the places I’ve searched for online and off-line, the cheapest place I could find for continuing education units is exerciseetc.com. They offer a wide variety of at home study packages. They list the certifying agencies that accept every single one of their study packages as well as how many continuing education credits or units that certifying agency offers for the course. One of the courses that I took from exerciseetc is a body sculpting for men course. The course cost me a total of $75 and fulfilled the maximum number of continuing education credits for NASM which is 1.9 CEC’s. The additional .1 CEC is always a current CPR/AED certification. For $75 they mailed to me the physical textbook for the online course. Once I was done studying all I needed to do is login to the website and take the test. I feel like it was extremely cheap and easy going through exerciseetc.com!
CEC’s or CEU’s very depending on your certifying agency
Another decently cheap option that I have found is by getting continuing education credits through your certifying agency. This is not have to be an advanced or specialized certification. Most certifying agencies offer courses as well as that are similar to the courses on exerciseetc. Although these courses are cheap and don’t take as much time to receive the credits, I believe that advanced certifications are way more valuable and will repay themselves back from the knowledge that you gained from them. Some good advanced certifications that I have taken are the NASM corrective exercise specialist or CES, The NASM performance enhancement specialist or PES, ACE’s group exercise instructor certification or ACE’s health coach certification. These certifications are little the more expensive but I definitely do not regret taking any one of them. Check out my article on how to become health coach if you’re interested!
Another cheap option is to attend a convention or seminar close to you
One of the only options that is not online is to attend a local conference or seminar on health and fitness. Most of the time these conferences are located in larger cities. If you live in a large city or live near one you cannot easily do a Google search for “fitness seminars near me” and I guarantee you will find some. Most of these conferences will cost you approximately $100-$200. I have been to some more expensive ones that were closer to $300 but for the most part you will find them in in the $100 range. The great thing about these live conferences is that you get to meet great people in the same industry and sometimes you get some hands-on practical experience!
Conclusion on Cheap CEUs for personal trainers
Wellt there you have it folks, these are my top three options for cheap CEU’s for personal trainers. If you have any other options that you know of please leave me a comment down below. If you are on an extreme budget I would definitely check out exerciseetc.com. I guarantee you can find enough continuation education credits for approximately $70. Once again I still think the best option is to get an additional certification or get the specialized certification if you have the money. I hope this article was helpful to please share it on social media if I added some value for you. Happy personal training!
Tyler Read has a Masters of Science in Kinesiology. Tyler is also a certified personal trainer with NASM, ACE, NSCA and NSCA CSCS. Tyler’s main goal is to help people get started in the personal training industry and to become successful personal trainers.