Licensure regulations could lead to enhanced credibility, consumer trust and referrals from the medical community, some say. Others say licensure would severely limit the ability of health club owners to make their own decisions about hiring and training employees. Photo by Thinkstock.
The topic of licensing personal trainers has long been discussed and debated in the health club industry. Several states have proposed legislation to license or register personal trainers, but only one known bill has succeeded in passing. The industry set a national standard for fitness clubs that accepted certain accrediting organizations for personal trainer certifying companies. But that standard, passed two years ago, recently was withdrawn. Consumer protection advocates across the ...
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