Today I completed my Precision Nutrition Level 1 Certification by passing all 17 chapter exams.
Getting PN Certified is a great way to expand nutritional knowledge beyond the scope of personal training and keep up with CEU (continuing education) requirements for current certifications.
It took me about a month from my start date to complete the course. I completed the first half of the course at my leisure and once I began to buckle down and get into the groove of things it wasn’t long before I found myself reading the very last chapter.
Today is bittersweet.
Sweet because it marks the beginning of a whole new chapter in my coaching journey.
Bitter because I completed a course I thoroughly enjoyed and am sad to be moving on (but hey, there is always PN Level 2)!
I definitely intend on revisiting my book frequently and am ECSTATIC to have all this new knowledge and resources available to me. I absolutely cannot wait to put all that I’ve learned into practice.
But, before I officially offer my coaching services online I want to refine the system I use for coaching and make sure I am able to offer world-class service to my clients.
I take holistic health coaching very seriously.
Being a health coach isn’t something I have embarked on lightly.
I’ve followed all the proper procedures and protocols to obtain the necessary certifications so that I can give my clients the most effective strategies possible and HELP THEM CHANGE THEIR LIVES!
I strive to be a resource FOR YOU and my client base. This requires serious investment of both time and money.
It is essential for me to review of all the different training systems out there before furthering my education and attaching my name to one.
I have found NASM and PN certifications to be among the best and most reputable available today.
As I advance in my Master’s of Public Health I also intend to incorporate more information regarding health protocols for the public in general into my blog.
But for now, I will focus on what health means on the individual level.
If you’re a health coach and you take your continuing education, your business, and your client’s success seriously READ ON because I’m about to give you a break down of how YOU will benefit from becoming Precision Nutrition Certified.
Those who are interested in working with PN coaches should read on as well, you will gain some first hand knowledge into what it means to have a coach with the Precision Nutrition Level 1 Certification.
I can only speak to my experience with PN Level 1 because that is what I have obtained. But there are additional health coaching certifications through Precision Nutrition.
As well as various other health coaching certifications are available online and in person. A list of these can be found here.
I chose PN because I knew people personally who had gone through the course and I was well aware of the great reputation PN had built for itself among online coaches.
PROS OF PN L1:
– It is self-paced so you can go as quickly, or as slowly, as you would like.
– The exams are all available online and do not have a time limit.
– There is a FAQ list after each chapter where valuable information is listed.
– The software is very user-friendly and makes tasks manageable by queuing them in order of chapter objectives (i.e. FAQ, workbook questions, videos, etc) ending with chapter exams.
– Once you have completed the course your name and information is listed on the PN coaches directory found on their website.
– Reminder emails keep you up to date on all the latest in PN news.
– Frequent user surveys allow you to give feedback about the course.
– Incredible insight and exercises provided in the workbook.
– The website is very mobile phone friendly!
CONS OF PN L1:
– Neither the text nor the workbook are available online, and the textbook is BIG!
– You can’t retake chapter exams after completing them. This is something that differs from my experience with NASM where you have the option to take the chapter exams as many times as you’d like.
– It can be costly, so make sure to get on their pre-sale list!
– Enrollment is only offered twice a year.
– The chapter exams aren’t always proportionate to the breadth of information offered in any given chapter.
Overall, I am very satisfied with my experience with PN.
If you were on the fence about obtaining a PN Certification before this article, I hoped this helped to give you some perspective.
And I’m curious to know– where do you stand now?
Be well xx.