Nicole Carroll explains how ANSI accreditation reflects CrossFit Inc.’s dedication to the highest standards of excellence in the fitness industry.
Certification programs, such as the Certified CrossFit Trainer (CCFT/CF-L3) credential, are commonly used to evaluate and recognize the qualifications and competence of individuals. When a certification program is of high quality, it can be an effective way to distinguish those who are qualified from those who are not; however, not all certification programs are of high quality.
How does one determine the quality of a certification program? Accreditation of certification programs is one way. During accreditation, a certification program is evaluated to determine if it meets recognized industry standards in such areas as impartiality of program governance and the reliability and validity of assessment.
Currently, certification programs can seek accreditation through two primary organizations: the National Commission for Certifying Agencies (NCCA) and the American National Standards Institute (ANSI). Many certification bodies in the training industry have opted for accreditation by the NCCA; CrossFit Inc. has chosen ANSI. This article describes the two accreditation programs and highlights why CrossFit chose ANSI accreditation.