What Does "Certification" Mean?
The Way It Works in Canada
The Certification Process
- In Training: When they have completed some of the required training for a context.
- Trained: When they have completed all required training for a context.
- Certified: When they have completed all evaluation requirements for a context.
The Perennial Problem With Certification
While the two levels of training and certification are a good idea, they may have been abused by some people in the fitness industry. Some think that just by having taken a single one of these training weekend workshops, they are then "certified" Olympic weightlifting coaches, and are then ready to hold themselves out as such in the fitness community. This is patently dishonest and is a major disservice to those who have gone through the more demanding certification process.