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Club Industry Special Report
May.14.2010 FROM CLUBINDUSTRY.COM

Special Report: Certification and Licensing
Certified Movement
We Need to Set the Standard for Licensing Legislation
Licensure Could Reduce Profits and Increase Regulation
IHRSA Keeping Close Tabs on Licensing Bills
Certifying Agencies Not Threatened by Proposed Bills
Speak Up Now or Hold Your Peace
License To Train
Is It Time for Licensing?
IHRSA Joins NSF International's Club Certification Effort
Medical Fitness Industry Grows, Certification Introduced
Funneling Out
Hire and Maintain the Best with NASM
Delivering Results Shouldn't Be Puzzling
A Proactive Legislative Approach for Our Industry


TOP STORY
Special Report: Certification and Licensing
As the fitness industry matures, it is facing issues related to certification and licensing that many other industries have already faced. Movements are under way in various state legislatures to not only certify personal trainers but also to require them to be licensed.

Many people in the industry are fighting these bills, but some do welcome them. As the industry considers what role government should play when it comes to trainers, a group is creating an industry certification of fitness facilities themselves. This special report looks at both the facility certification movement and the movement to certify and license personal trainers and group exercise instructors.
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OTHER STORIES
Certified Movement

By Stuart Goldman, managing editor

The club industry is in the process of creating a standard for a voluntary certification that some people see as crucial to establishing the legitimacy of the industry. The goal of the standard, some in the industry say, is to help make fitness clubs a more respected resource in the eyes of the public.
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We Need to Set the Standard for Licensing Legislation

By Elaine Platt, owner, Smart Workout

Our industry organizations should work with legislators to formulate legislation providing that certifications from agencies recommended by them would become the criteria for obtaining a license. States don’t know how to measure competency in the fitness field. They need industry groups to provide them with standards.
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Licensure Could Reduce Profits and Increase Regulation

By Kevin Steele, principal, Communication Consultants

From a political perspective, licensure will bring more government oversight, bureaucracy and regulations to our industry. We could potentially have state and/or federal agencies mandating how we manage this segment of our business. Do we really want the government “policing” our industry?
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IHRSA Keeping Close Tabs on Licensing Bills

By Stuart Goldman, managing editor

An update from March on personal training licensing bills introduced in various states.
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Certifying Agencies Not Threatened by Proposed Bills

By Stuart Goldman, managing editor

Despite ongoing state legislative activity related to personal trainer bills, several companies that offer personal trainer certifications say the bills will not affect their business.
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Speak Up Now or Hold Your Peace

By Pamela Kufahl, editor

Don't let the industry create a club certification without your input.
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License To Train

By Stuart Goldman, managing editor

Industry leaders have repeatedly opposed bills that would require the licensing of personal trainers, but one bill in California may get everybody on the same page.
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Is It Time for Licensing?

By Pamela Kufahl, editor

As more states propose licensing for personal trainers, the industry must decide whether to get on board and help craft the legislation or fight its implementation.
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IHRSA Joins NSF International's Club Certification Effort

By Pamela Kufahl, editor

The International Health, Racquet and Sportsclub Association (IHRSA) is participating in the effort by NSF International, Ann Arbor, MI, to create a voluntary certification process for owners of fitness facilities.
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Medical Fitness Industry Grows, Certification Introduced

By Pamela Kufahl, editor

The Medical Fitness Association (MFA) has introduced a facility certification program for medical fitness and wellness centers as the number of these types of facilities has increased.
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Funneling Out

By Pamela Kufahl, editor

IHRSA offered a third-party accreditation recommendation that it hoped would sort through the certification mess, but another player in the mix offers club owners another choice.
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WHAT OUR ADVERTISERS HAVE TO SAY
Hire and Maintain the Best with NASM
The National Academy of Sports Medicine details the advantages that obtaining an NASM certification offers to trainers and the club operators who hire them.
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Delivering Results Shouldn't Be Puzzling
The National Federation of Professional Trainers offers advice on what to look for in a good certification and which trainers to hire.
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A Proactive Legislative Approach for Our Industry
The World Instructor Training Schools updates legislative action in the area of personal trainer licensing.
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