An in-person or online certification is a process where an individual is tested by an organization to determine whether they are knowledgeable enough on a given subject to be labeled “competent to practice” in that area. In the case of online kettlebell certifications, an external review would require someone to demonstrate the knowledge and physical capability to perform the kettlebell exercises as intended.
To certify online, an individual would be given study material in the form of text, photos, and videos. That material is then studied and put into action. Exams and physical assessments are how the individual demonstrates his/her understanding and ability.
What is the cost of Certification?
The cost to become certified in kettlebell training depends on the subject of kettlebell training and coverage as kettlebell training can be categorized into many different categories:
- Kettlebell Fundamentals
- Specific exercises
- Specific forms of training
- Home workouts
- Kettlebell Sport
- Specific to individuals
- At-home users
At Cavemantraining the fundamental course, a course everyone should start with, costs $349. Some organizations offer online certification courses that can be purchased for as little as $49. These courses generally do not account for any coaching time or assessments, which means that they’re not professional certifications as the students are not physically tested or assessed for their form and technique. Form and technique are vital points when it comes to exercise certificates, and students should therefore always be assessed on this point.
Is obtaining a certificate the same as being certified?
Unless the certificate says that you are certified by an organization, you only have received a certificate, which is not the same as being certified. You can complete an online course without exams or assessments and receive a certificate of participation, a certification of completion, or a certificate with no specifics. None of them mean that you are certified unless the certificate says so.
Is accredited the same as being certified?
What does accredited mean? Accreditation is the independent, third-party evaluation of a conformity assessment body (such as certification body, inspection body or laboratory) against recognized standards, conveying formal demonstration of its impartiality and competence to carry out specific conformity assessment tasks (such as certification, inspection and testing). Source Wikipedia.
In this case, the organizations that accredited our online course Kettlebell Fundamentals are NASM (National Academy of Sports Medicine) and AFAA (Athletics and Fitness Association of America™). Their accreditation allows us to provide CEU credits (continuing education units) for an online course.
What are CEUs?
CEU is an acronym that stands for Continuing Education Unit. A CEU is a unit of credit equal to certain hours of participation in an accredited program designed for professionals with certificates practicing kettlebell training. In the fitness industry one generally needs to obtain a certain number of credits each year to remain registered, which in some countries can also be required for insurance. This process also promotes trainers to keep investing in and expanding their education rather than staying at the same level of knowledge.