NCCA accredited certifications 2020 – The list for Personal Trainers!

You guys came here because you were wondering what different NCCA accredited and certifications for personal training are on the market.

By the end of this article, you will have a fantastic list of all of the best certifications and the ones that are worthy of your time.

In my opinion, the best certifications that are accredited by the NCCA are currently the NASM (National Academy of sports medicine) certification and the ACE (American Council on exercise) certification. I recommend you check out my comparison article between ACE and NASM. Also, check out my must-read on the top five training certifications .

Also, take the quiz to find out which PT certification is right for you.

The menu at the top of this page will answer any question related to personal training that you have. If you have any questions, don’t hesitate to leave me a comment here (I’ll respond within 24 hours). Also, visit the home page for the most recent and popular articles.

I also have free study guides and practice tests for a large number of certifications on this list including NSCA, NSCA CSCS, NASM and ACE that can be found here.

Trainer Academy also offers fantastic study materials for a lot of these NCCA certifications. It will significantly reduce your study time and they offer exam pass guarantees.

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What NCCA requires of personal training certifications to get accredited

The NCCA analyzes the systems and processes that are put in place by certifying agencies. They investigate the curriculum provided by the certifying agency, professionalism and how the certifying agencies administer and score their exams. They do this to understand the following:

  • To make sure that they have a fair and unbiased examination process
  • To make sure that the exam measures the minimum competence level of the test taker
  • To make sure that the clients will be protected from multiple incompetent personal trainers
  • To make sure that the specific certifying agency gives enough support to their certified professionals

List of certifications that are NCCA accredited

NCCA accredited certifications

Introduction to the NCCA accredited agencies

For years now, the personal training industry has lived up to much higher in stricter standards than it once did in its infancy. Back in the day, every single “personal trainer” was not certified by any organization.

They were just individuals that liked to exercise and therefore give their advice to their friends, families or any clients that were willing to pay for the information.

This was the case until the IHRSA (international health, racquet, and sports club Association) started talking with gyms and health clubs, recommending them to have their “personal trainers” get certified in some fashion.

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The NCCA already existed at that point because they accredited other certifications from other industries. A big leap forward for the personal training industry was when certifications started going through the rigorous process of getting accredited by the NCCA.

This made becoming a personal trainer much more valuable because people knew that they were getting quality information from the trainers. This also increased the value of personal trainers and raised their overall salary!

They made sure the certifications followed safety protocols and provided accurate information to their trainers. In the year 2020, there are a good amount of certifications that are accredited by the NCCA.

Conclusion on NCCA accredited certifications

Currently, my top two NCCA certifications are the NASM certification and the ACE certification. Check out study materials for these right here that have 99% pass rates.

If you have not done so yet, take the quiz to find out which personal training certification is the best fit for you.

If either NASM or ACE pulls your attention, I have a free NASM study guide and free ACE study guide that are both incredibly helpful.

I hope after reading my article you have a better understanding of what the NCCA does and how they make personal training certifications safer as well as more valuable.

There are also other accreditation agencies besides the NCCA. Most individuals consider NCCA the best because they are the most strict with their qualification procedures. For the most part, if a certification agency is not accredited by the NCCA, I would not trust them.

There are a few exceptions to this rule, including ISSA. If you are getting started out in the industry, I suggest you check out some other articles such as why I like my job, my job description as well as how to create a kick-ass resume to guarantee that you get hired!

I hope this article on NCCA accredited certifications was helpful for you, please share it using one of the social media buttons or tell your friends and family about it. Happy personal training!

27 thoughts on “NCCA accredited certifications 2020 – The list for Personal Trainers!”

  1. Hi
    Great source of info on your website
    Though do you have the official link so that I can verify the list of PT certifications accredited?

    Thank you
    best regards


    1. The ISSA, although not accredited by the NCCA, is a fantastic certification overall. In fact, it is one of the top five certifications I am recommending to the visitors of my website as really grown over the last five years to be a premier certification. I suggest checking out my article here on the top personal training certifications. I hope this helps and if you have any other questions don’t forget to drop a comment.

    1. Hey Amber,
      The material I put on my website is basically just for the United States because that’s where I live. Every area has different requirements for certifications as well as accreditation. I suggest you check with the local gymnasiums in Ireland to see which certifications they accept. Is very possible that they do accept ACE but I can’t guarantee that for you.

    1. Hey Ben,
      This is a great question that I would love to answer for you. Although the national Academy of sports medicine has merged with The aerobics And fitness Association of America, they are still two completely separate certifications. You can purchase either one from the NASM website. They are both fantastic options but I think as a starting personal trainer, NASM is definitely the gold standard. I hope this helps.

  2. What do you think of the NPTI (National Personal Training Institute) program? From what I’ve read, the school offers hands on gym training & classroom instruction vs that of an online program, however, it’s more pricey & I’m not sure if it’s NCCA accredited. I also wonder if it’s recognized & taken seriously by companies looking to hire personal trainers.

    1. Hey Lisa,
      The national personal training Institute is a fantastic program overall in you will get tons of hands-on training experience that will be very helpful for when you actually start training individuals. In fact, they probably have the most hands-on experience compared to any other programs I talked about on this website. Kept up being said, they are very costly and they are still not currently Currently accredited by the national Commission for certifying agencies Otherwise known as the NCCA. You can tell this by a list on their website The biggest problem is that some people do not accept non NCCA Accredited certification still although that is slowly changing in the personal training industry. Don’t get me wrong though, it is still recognized by tons of employers. Might want to check with the potential employers in your area before you start going for it. I hope this helps.

    1. I have never heard of this personal training certification to be honest. But there are always new ones popping up and is good for me to do more in-depth research in order to fill out my website. Thanks for pointing this out.

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