There are many different organizations out there that offer personal training certifications. Who do you think is the best?
For me it's as follows:
1. NSCA (National Strength & Conditioning Association) Their CSCS is tier one and their CPT.
2. NASM (National Academy of Sports Medicine) Great study materials and wonderful resources.
3. ACSM (American College of Sports Medicine) Has some of the best case study based evidence.
4. ACE (American Council on Exercise) I am biased because I used to be certified through them!
I am stopping my ranking here. I picked these solely off the experiences I have had with a couple of them and the experiences I have had working with people who have taken these courses. My CPTs were from ACE, NCCPT, and ISSA (all now expired as of 2018). My notes on NCCPT are that it's a very entry level program, the exam is pretty consistent with the practice exams and the special populations training was very beneficial. However, the programming sections weren't the greatest. ISSA was the easiest test I took out of the three. However, it was probably the most engaging course of the three I took.
What are your rankings (whether it be as a trainer or a client of a trainer)?