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There are many different certifications you can receive to become a certified personal trainer. One of the most recongized ones in Canada include:

Certified Strength and Conditioning Specialist (CSCS)
http://www.nsca-cc.org/
This is an intense written and practical exam. Must have a B.A., Bsc or in medicine from a university, or collage.
Time commitment: an exam Cost: $350 Canadian

American Council On Exercise (ACE)
http://www.acefitness.org/
This certification is an intense written exam. You must have a backgroud in kinesiology, and CPR and order the manual at the address above.
Cost: About $280 Canadian Time Commitment: One Exam

Young Mens/Womens Christian Association (YMCA/YWCA)
http://educom.on.ca/ymca-ywca/
This is a 5 part course. Basic Theory, individual conditioning, program design, cpafla, and personal training. Cost: $400 Canadain (members) Time commitment: 5 courses, each 2 weekends long.

Sports Performance Institute (SPI)
http://www.sportperformance.org/
Written and practical examination. (multiple choice). Text book comes with the course. Must have CPR to complete the course.Cost: Level 1 $250.00, Level 2 $265.00, Level 3 $340.00
Time commitment: unknown

Canadian Personal Trainers Network (CPTN)
http://www.cptn.com/Certification/certification.htm
Must be 18, have CPR. 120 multiple choice questions, and a practical with a minimum of 75% to pass. Cost: $212.93 Canadian Time Commitment: 1 weekend.


Can Fit Pro
http://www.canfitpro.com/
This certification has a practical and a written component. Visit the above to attain the manual required to complete this certification. Time commitment: 1 weekend. + studing.
Cost: About $200 Canadian

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Provides motivation to learn
Certifications that provide as much information as possible to enhance their learning will earn a higher ranking. ie. free courses for their members, database of articles and exercises etc.