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There are four major personal training certifications. Most well-qualified personal trainers and fitness instructors will have one or more of these certifications. They are: the American Council on Exercise (ACE), the American College of Sports Medicine (ACSM), the National Strength and Conditioning Association (NSCA) and the International Fitness Professionals Association (IFPA). While there are differences in the methodologies that each of these certifications employ, the biggest difference to note is that while the ACE, ACSM, and IFPA are more general certifications, the NSCA certification is specifically designed for sports training/coaching and professional strength coaches.