I've been certified by NSCA as a CSCS for 3 years now and I think I am done with it. Let me explain why. While I do think CSCS trainers are in general, the best on average I have seen, there just doesnt seem to be enough quality control to make it essential for me anymore.
I work in a gym where most trainers are certified CSCS. You should see some of the form with their clients. I mean it is atrocious. People will do exercises such as a bent over row with a client that has no hamstring flexibility and thus is barely bent over at all. Doing pulldowns with shoulders rolling forward (i.e. hyperextending) the list just goes on and on.
I think ok if this is what CSCS trainers can look like, why do I need one? Sure you could say to get my next training job when I move, but I think I could show my knowledge with an ACE or god forbid and ISSA certification. I other words just get the cheapest crappiest cert I can so Im certified by something, then just do stuff on my own.
I do alot of my own research which is much more valuable than CSCS continuing education IMO. Also, how can you care about tactical training if you dont understand the basics such as flexibility needed for compound leg exercises!
It sounds good to have CSCS after my name, but what does it really mean anymore?