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Weigh In: Should IHRSA’s Personal Trainer Guidelines Recognize ANSI?

The IHRSA Standards and Membership Review Committee of the IHRSA Board of Directors is reviewing a request to expand the IHRSA Personal Trainer Guidelines to recognize the American National Standards Institute (ANSI) as an “acceptable accrediting organization” under the guidelines. And we want to hear from you.


Make Your Voice Heard

The Standards and Membership Review Committee is inviting any interested party (member clubs and fitness professionals) to comment on the matter under consideration. The comment period will be open from August 15 through October 15. Submit your comments as to why ANSI should or should not be added to the current list of accrediting organizations.

IHRSA's Board of Directors currently recommends that member clubs hire personal trainers holding at least one current certification from a certifying organization/agency that has third-party accreditation of its certification procedures and protocols from an independent, experienced, and nationally recognized accrediting body. Currently, the Board has identified the National Commission for Certifying Agencies (NCCA), the accreditation body of NOCA, as being an acceptable accrediting organization.  

A Long History With Certifying Organizations

More than 10 years ago, IHRSA began working with some of the fitness industry's leading personal training certification organizations to guarantee health club businesses could hire qualified personal trainers and ensure members felt safe working with these trainers in a health club setting.

Many meetings and discussions later, the association reached a decision. They agreed that an independent and nationally recognized accreditation for personal training certification programs would be extremely valuable for the industry and the people it employs.