I just found out that needed a certification to teach jump rope. What should I do? Same thing to use kettlebells, I am very confused. How have I been able to coach without these certifications? Is it really about letters after your name? There is nothing wrong with certification if it is meaningful, but with the plethora of certifications out there how do we know what is meaningful?


At 1/23/08, 7:05 PM, Blogger Trihardist said...

I see what you mean. Not only are there certifications for everything under the sun (jump rope? really?), some of the certifications seem to me a little dicey. There are all kinds of ways to get a "personal trainer certification"--especially on the internet--so I think your question is apt: how do we know which certifications are worthwhile? But I haven't really been in the business long enough to know the answer.

At 1/24/08, 3:13 AM, Blogger Jamie said...

HI Vern

You think you've got problems. I am now expected to go to training for our schools new "High Performance Centre" to learn how to do the exercises in the circuit. And I will not be allowed to supervise free weights as I am unqualified!!

Dispite being the only coach on campus that has a formal year round strength program for my 1st team and having won about 11 national championships in the past 5 seasons in various events.

Oh, I also happen to have an honours degree in Phys Ed!


At 1/24/08, 8:24 AM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Not only is this about teaching something without a certification but does it make you a qualified instructor even if you have a certification. We all know a person that has a degree in something, thinks they are a good at what they do and in fact they suck!


At 1/25/08, 1:00 PM, Anonymous Nate S. said...

It seems to me you have to live a minimum of 100 miles away to be considered an expert in anything. I've been teaching/coaching for 10 years and we still have athletes paying hundreds of dollars on so called "experts" to get them tired.

Nate S.

At 1/29/08, 12:37 AM, Blogger Austin Sports Performance Trainer said...

This rings SO TRUE to me. Half of the certifications that are out there have no rigor to them at all. Most of them are just a way for someone to make a quick buck and for someone else to have another fancy title under their name so people can ohhhh and ahhhhh about it.

You see it a lot in Crossfit and Crossfit-like organizations. Not to badmouth it's founders but there are a lot of people out there trying to emulate that style of training who don't know what they're doing.


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