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HOUSE DOCKET, NO. 1915         FILED ON: 1/17/2013

HOUSE  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  No. 209

 

The Commonwealth of Massachusetts

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PRESENTED BY:

Robert F. Fennell

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To the Honorable Senate and House of Representatives of the Commonwealth of Massachusetts in General
              Court assembled:

              The undersigned legislators and/or citizens respectfully petition for the adoption of the accompanying bill:

An Act to encourage well qualified practitioners in the field of personal training.

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PETITION OF:

 

Name:

District/Address:

Robert F. Fennell

10th Essex


HOUSE DOCKET, NO. 1915        FILED ON: 1/17/2013

HOUSE  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  No. 209

By Mr. Fennell of Lynn, a petition (accompanied by bill, House, No. 209) of Robert F. Fennell relative to practitioners in the field of personal training.  Consumer Protection and Professional Licensure. 

 

[SIMILAR MATTER FILED IN PREVIOUS SESSION
SEE HOUSE, NO. 1005 OF 2011-2012.]


The Commonwealth of Massachusetts
 

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In the Year Two Thousand Thirteen

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An Act to encourage well qualified practitioners in the field of personal training.
 

              Be it enacted by the Senate and House of Representatives in General Court assembled, and by the authority of the same, as follows:
 

              SECTION 1. Section 23A of chapter 112 of the General Laws is hereby amended by inserting the following:

              Section 23A. The following words as used in sections twenty-three A to twenty-three P, inclusive, unless the context otherwise requires, shall have the following meanings:

              “Fitness facility” means a health club, health spa, fitness center, wellness center, or private personal training studio. A fitness facility shall include entities that operate either for-profit or not-for-profit.

              “Group exercise instructor” means an individual who instructs more than one person at one time, with or without equipment, in exercises designed to improve cardiovascular conditioning, muscular strength, flexibility and weight loss in classes that include, but are not limited to, martial arts, Pilates, yoga, kickboxing, boot camp, spinning and any other group class that is taught at a fitness facility.

              “Personal trainer” means a person who develops a personal exercise plan or program for an individual; and demonstrates, with or without equipment, exercises designed to improve cardiovascular condition muscular strength, flexibility and/or weight loss.

              SECTION 2. Said chapter 112 is hereby amended by inserting after section 23F the following section:

              Section 23F ½. It shall be required in order for a person to hold himself or herself out as a personal trainer, to (a) be certified as a personal trainer or its equivalent by national independent organization whose certification procedures for personal trainers have been approved by the National Commission for Certifying Agencies (NCCA); or

              (b) possess a credential or certification in either the field of personal training, exercise science, or similarly related field, from an educational institution accredited by an accrediting body recognized by either the Council for Higher Education Accreditation or by the United States Department of Education.

              Exemptions. The certification requirements set forth in section 23F 1/2 shall not apply to the following:

              (i) Group exercise instructors;

              Effective Date.

              (a) The requirements of this act shall take effect three (3) years following enactment.

              (b) For individuals who have practiced as personal trainers directly through or on behalf of fitness facilities for a period of three consecutive years; the requirements of this act shall take effect five (5) years following enactment.

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