Kettlebell Training

Kettlebell training is emerging as a popular training tool. Kettlebells are great training tools when used properly. Key word here = properly!

Basic personal training certifications do not provide instruction or training on Kettlebells. Unless your personal trainer has special knowledge in biomechanics and coaching, along with experience using Kettlebells, they should not be using them with you.

A certification is not necessary but is highly recommended. There are excellent Kettlebell instructors out there who can show you a wide variety of exercises with solid technique. A good trainer will never make a client do an exercise they don’t know how to do~!


1. Russian Kettlebell Certification (RKC)

Offered by: Dragon Door
Cost: $2600
Time Frame: 3 days
35-30% failure rate -very tough standards
To pass you must:

1. Exhibit safe and efficient technique in the foundation exercises.
2. Demonstrate good judgment, especially concerning safety.
3. Demonstrate effective teaching skills.
4. Pass the Kettlebell Snatch Test.
5. Pass the Grad Workout.
6. Abide by the RKC Code of Conduct.

For more info:

2. International Kettlebell and Fitness Federation (IKFF)
Cost: $1000 US
Time Frame: weekend
Level 1 and Level 2
Recertification every 3 years (for $750 US)
Technical and coaching proficiency required to pass
More info at:

3. Art of Strength

Cost: $1800 (US)
Time frame: 2 days
More info at:

4. Agatsu Kettlebell Certification

Cost: $700 (CDN)
Time Frame: 2 days (each level)
Level 1 and Level 2
Created by Shawn Mozen: RKC Kettlebell Certified
(read his bio here:

Offered by: Agatsu, CPTN (Canadian Professional Trainers Network)
Testing: written and practical
Ongoing education: within 2 years of Level 1 certification, you must help teach a KB course OR become Level 2 certified

5. Crossfit Kettlebell Instructor Certification

Cost: $595
Time Frame: weekend
other certification not required
Instructor: Jeff Martone

6. Kettlebell Training Academy

Kettlebell Trainer Specialist Certification
Cost: $450
Time frame: weekend
Must have accreditation in Kinesiology, Sports Therapy, Physiotherapy, CPT, martial arts instructor, coaching, PE Teacher to become certified. Anybody can attend to learn 🙂
4 CECs (continuing education credits)
Level 1 and Level 2

As always, do your research before you hire a trainer who is an “expert” in kettlebell training. On the flip side, if you are a personal trainer looking to advance your knowledge and skills, invest in the highest quality certifications possible.

It’s not about having a piece of paper saying you did a weekend course in Kettlebell training – you need to know what you’re doing and provide safe, effective training for your clients!


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