Senate Bill 870 was introduced to the Massachusetts Senate by Richard Moore. The bill, if approved, would place a variety of costly, burdensome requirements on personal trainers wishing to practice in the state of Massachusetts. (click here to read Bill 870 in its entirety)
In order to offer personal training services in the State, a personal trainer would need to:
- Obtain a degree from an approved educational program;
- Hold a certification from a national certifying organization accredited by the National Commission for Certifying Agencies (NCCA); and
- Pass an exam developed and administered biannually by the Board of Allied Health Professionals.
The National Council on Strength and Fitness (NCSF) and International Health, Racquet, and Sportsclub Association (IHRSA) are working closely with lobbyists to oppose this bill. If approved, health and fitness club operations could suffer significantly as only a few trainers might be available for services. In addition, residents of the State would have fewer trainers to work with as they focus on improving their health and wellness, and the costs of being a personal trainer in Massachusetts would present an obstacle to many people interested in the profession.
If you would like to take action, IHRSA has set up a page assisting you in contacting the Massachusetts State Legislature. Click here to act >>