National Health Educators (NHE Certification) FCA Managers

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    National Health Educators (NHE Certification) FCA Managers

    A quick concern for fitness center owners, I'm a 480 FCA affiliate and had a question about the regional manager/supervisor. Can they be trusted to simply manage the certification exams and not interfere with the personal trainer program we already have running? Are they solicitors of any kind?
    I would appreciate only knowledgably responses and not for someone to Google them and provide an opinion based on minimal research. Thank you.
     
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    NHE FCA Affiliate Program

    I signed up two weeks ago. I was Googling and found your question but my opinion is based on professional experience :) I believe you are referring to the NHE FCA Regional Managers or Local Supervisors? If so, they do not sell the certification packages, they just manage them. The ones that come through my clubs are rarely there. They have a subtle appearance which helps calm my trainers down. As with your trainers, I'm certain, they can be very possessive when it comes to others working in the gym and when the regional managers first arrived, there was some shuffling going on and rumors but it all settled once everyone understood that NHE wasn't taking over the PT side. By the way, if given a choice, opt for the FCA package labeled (EX5050), the brochures are very nice.

    The answer I was looking for is about the registrar contracts? Are they 5 years optionally or is it mandatory and if you opt out, is the territory still locked. If you know, pls reply.
     
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    Welcome to Business Advice Forum LAFitness2011, thanks for joining.

    I'm not familiar with the certification body you are asking about. But have you considered asking them those two questions directly? They should be able and willing to answer them and I'd imagine that they are questions that they have heard many times before.
     
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    Thanks you guys! Good information. Hey Fergal, you are right about getting the info directly from the horses mouth. I've spoken to them over the phone on several occasions but I like to go out and hear from others who may tend to be less bias :D

    I've been on a few sites from business forums to fitness forums to bodybuilder forums and everyone has said that this NHE FCA program is The program to get involved with and so I think reaching out and getting all of that positive feedback has helped solidify my decison. Better safe than sorry.

    Thanks again for the advice and input.
     
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    Thanks for posting back LAFitness2011, good luck with it and I hope it works out for you.
     
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    Signed up last week on this new FCA affiliate program and I have a question for one of the two NHE FCA members above:
    Is there any way we can lock up a particular territory with NHE? I really like the FCA program and believe it has tremendous potential but not if the gym three miles down the road is a member also.

    Thank you in advance....
     
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    Welcome to our business forum keywest.

    Have you spoken to the representatives you dealt with when signing up for this program? They should be able to help you with this and it would be a good idea to push for some level of exclusivity, so that you don't end up with a new competitor on your doorstep.
     
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    Exactly right BAF! Luckily, you can and I think in most cases it's a non issue because gyms are pretty well spaced out from one another. For the FCA proctor portion, you can be the main center for teh district, you just have to fill out a form and get it approved.
     
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    Glad you got it sorted LAFitness2011 and thanks for posting back with an update.
     
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    We signed up on the NHE Verified Location program and wonder if TK or LAFitness had any thoughts? We love the concept but are not familiar with the credential. There are some wonderful blogs regarding how tough the exam is but wanted some feedback from actual club owners.

    Thanks in advance.
     
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    It's different the FCA affiliate program, which is free of charge. The Verified Location program is a paid program and is essentially the same, with the exception of the programs approved. You will get to certify an unlimited number of trainers and you will also be able to certify them in anything you choose, where as we can only use the master trainer program. I do recommend NHE because of the quality of the exams.
     
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    NHE Content Writer Question

    LAFitness, Do you know much about this? I have a couple of trainers who are pursuing a content writer position at NHE. Anything you can tell me would be helpful.

    I appreciate it.
     
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    We got a letter from NHE about hosting nutritional seminars for one of their programs but we haven't received anything relating to content writers. If it's about content writers for their website, you might want to speak directly to their technical team. If you need the number, let me know.
     
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    Thanks anyway LAFitness. Actually, we ended up getting the information we needed and it worked out. How do you like being an FCA for NHE? I've heard it's a well run program?
     
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    Hello. I found this thread on Google and had a question...I paid for a one year contract to host NHE exams through their 2011 Verified Location program, which I assume is very similar to the FCA program you guys are talking about. I am very impressed with the NHE program but was wondering about the CEU requirements, after the four year certifications expire? Many of my trainers are NASM certified and I'm very concerned that possessing just one type of credential could be a bad way to go. NHE seems to take their exercise physiology in a different direction than NASM and this NHE implementation should help make my staff better well rounded. That's my working theory in any event...
     
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    The two programs are essentially the same program, except the VL program is a paid program and the FCA program is not. The VL program is very good if you have a few people you want to get certified or you plan to increase your staff in the future. Having the program ready to go, when we need it, is a major plus for us. The exam processing is extremely fast and so the turn around time, from the first hiring date- to the processing of the exam can be as quick as a couple of weeks, providing your new hire is well versed.

    We've been very pleased with NHE and I've recommended them to other clubs who have called.

    I hope this is what you were looking for?
     
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    O.k. Thanks for responding LA Fitness! I understand now and that makes sense. Good luck with your FCA program. I hear it's very popular these days.
     
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    NHE certification affiliate question

    I recently signed up to host the National Health Educators personal trainer and CPR affiliate program at my gym and had a question relating to territory. I had not heard of them previous to speaking to one of their sales people. I did speak to some of my trainers who filled me in and I also made sure I did a lot of research online and found some very encouraging posts from people all over. They have a stellar reputation and that was mainly why I decided to join their program. So... my question basically relates to territory and tier allocation. I wasn't sure about that in terms of whether or not NHE certification guarantees a certain region per NHE affiliate location. NHE seems to be doing very well with this certification program. It's a stand alone service that no one I've heard of offers but for each affiliate it seems as though the profits would be vulnerable if everyone around you (or within a five mile radius) was allowed to join up as well. NHE sent me a ton of very nice material by mail and there was a lot of information included but I didn't see anything that addressed this particular concern. I've joined a few other NHE related forums but most of them had to do with NHE Mentors and NHE Regional Managers but this was one of the few that seemed geared toward gym owners and NHE affiliates.
     
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    LAFitness2011 here! It's been a while and I had to re-register but it's good to be back in this forum!

    RedTail02-I believe as an affiliate you can request a particular jurisdiction. It may be that on comes with your region without you knowing it. The regional manager will be able to tell you because the regional managers, the supervisors and the exercise course instructors all have regional tiers and it may all be for the same reason. NHE mentors and personal fitness management specialists don't have regions, I don't think. Good luck with your affiliate, it should be a fantastic supplement to your other services I'm sure. The NHE staff are all very qualified professionals.

    Hope this helps you and good luck!
     
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