I'm an 18 year old, looking into NSCA and ACSM certification. I want to get started right away, but, should I go to college to get the CSCS? The reason why that wouldn't be so great for me is because I want to work for a few years to put my girlfriend through college, and then join the Army, so having to pay off two student loans wouldn't be that great. Should I just get my CPR card and take the Personal Trainer Certificate test for ACSM? That would be the most convenient in my situation, but would I just be wasting my time?
Any input is appreciated.