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Old 01-15-2008, 06:51 PM   #1
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Certs and Starting out

I am looking to affiliate and in the process of studying the forum daily(thank you all for your wonderful help and knowledge), looking for space, and doing anything and everything I can to figure out were to start. However, I am having trouble figuring out if I need to have any certs (I know you need a CF w/in a year of affiliation) to get insurance for a facility. I have a BS in Health and Exercise Science and have been personal training and working at a hospital as an "Exercise Specialist" for over a year now. I have not been able to get any certs for myself due to time constraints. Would/Could I be able to get insurance if I get a place here in the future, or do I need some type of cert in order to receive coverage? Thanks
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Old 01-15-2008, 07:01 PM   #2
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Re: Certs and Starting out

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I am looking to affiliate and in the process of studying the forum daily(thank you all for your wonderful help and knowledge), looking for space, and doing anything and everything I can to figure out were to start. However, I am having trouble figuring out if I need to have any certs (I know you need a CF w/in a year of affiliation) to get insurance for a facility. I have a BS in Health and Exercise Science and have been personal training and working at a hospital as an "Exercise Specialist" for over a year now. I have not been able to get any certs for myself due to time constraints. Would/Could I be able to get insurance if I get a place here in the future, or do I need some type of cert in order to receive coverage? Thanks
I would definitely get a "mainstream" cert. I am dealing with insurance companies now and being certified and CPR certified is a question that always comes up. I went through NASM but there are a bunch out there , but I would make sure you went with a reputable one NASM,ACE, ISSA..... the big names. I found the NASM course to be pretty good and the test was easy, with your background you could probably pass the test without even studying the course. It will definitely help in the insurance dept.
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Old 01-15-2008, 11:19 PM   #3
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I would make sure you went with a reputable one... ISSA.....
Really?! cause my understanding is that ISSA is NOT accredited and you take the test at home.

Man, everybody keeps saying how easy the NASM exam is. Why did I have to choose the NSCA, where only half pass the exam....oh well, better get back to the book...
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Old 01-15-2008, 11:21 PM   #4
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Oh yeah Cam, you'll definately need a cert, regardless of you ed...
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Old 01-16-2008, 05:39 AM   #5
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Really?! cause my understanding is that ISSA is NOT accredited and you take the test at home.

Man, everybody keeps saying how easy the NASM exam is. Why did I have to choose the NSCA, where only half pass the exam....oh well, better get back to the book...
Damn, didn't know that about ISSA. I started with them years ago and actually never finished the course due to unrelated issues.I just always here their name being thrown around in the upper circle of certs. The NASM course is hard , alot of in depth info, the study guide and workbook is rough , but the test is nothing.
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Old 01-16-2008, 05:40 AM   #6
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Re: Certs and Starting out

Thanks guys for the heads up. Celio, I feel ya on the NSCA. I was studying for the CSCS test, but once I found CrossFit, I stopped and started living on this website. I guess my first step is to get an accredited cert under my belt for insurance purposes. I'm just anxious to get a CF facility here. Thank you all for your insight.
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Old 01-16-2008, 05:47 AM   #7
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Re: Certs and Starting out

A cert will always give a leg to stand on. Much easier for insurance. This may not be the case with everyone but my landlord actually asked for copies of my certs / degree before finalizing the lease! I have clients ask ALL THE TIME what my qualifications are and yet I read on these boards that that rarely ever happens.

Who knows, every place is different. But regardless you can never go wrong with more education and extra pieces of paper - they may not mean anything but they only hurt you if you are a "letter whore".


1/2 the people fail NSCA? Really? With the proper degree and the right courses it should be fairly easy I think. When I did my CSCS I read through the NSCA "Bible" once, did a practice exam to see where I was weak, re-read those sections and then smoked it.
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Old 01-21-2008, 06:42 AM   #8
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Re: Certs and Starting out

Letís say the only cert you have is a CF cert. Does/will an insurance company insure you if those are the only certs you have? I mean after all, if the box you run is an affiliate to CF, and those(CF certs) are the only certs you have, wouldn't it make sense to be able to get insured? Although, I could be completely wrong!
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Old 01-21-2008, 08:24 AM   #9
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Re: Certs and Starting out

Prior to having my NSCA-CSCS I got discounted insurance by joining the IDEA, anybody can do that, you just sign up. Once I got in the NSCA though, I let my IDEA membership expire and just got it through the NSCA. The advantage to getting insurance through one of the certification organizations is that it's discounted for members.
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Letís say the only cert you have is a CF cert. Does/will an insurance company insure you if those are the only certs you have? I mean after all, if the box you run is an affiliate to CF, and those(CF certs) are the only certs you have, wouldn't it make sense to be able to get insured? Although, I could be completely wrong!
Yes, you are completely wrong. The insurance companies want a mainstream cert. (NASM, NSCA, & ACSM are the top three) and a CPR/AED cert. And yes, clients will ask you what your credentials are.
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