Dec 06, 2022  
Fall 2022 - Summer 2023 Academic Catalog 
Fall 2022 - Summer 2023 Academic Catalog

Personal Training Certificate

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School: Health Careers, Technology and Applied Learning
Academic Dept: Health, Human Performance, & Physical Education
HEGIS: 5299.00


Important Note about Program Requirements

The requirements listed below are for students entering into this program from Fall 2022 to Summer 2023. Students who entered the program during a prior semester will find their specific requirements listed in the Catalog under which they entered. Archived Catalogs are accessible through the dropdown menu above.

Program Description

This exciting, two-semester program leads to a certificate in Personal Training. Personal Trainers are fitness professionals responsible for educating clients of all ages in multiple aspects of wellness including: exercise, general health, nutrition, and athletic performance. They work in a variety of fitness settings such as: public and private fitness centers, schools, adult centers and corporate wellness programs. According to the U.S. Department of Labor, the demand for Certified Personal Trainers makes it one of the fastest growing professions, with double-digit growth expected over the next decade.

The program is designed for students:

  • Who wish to enter the fitness industry
  • Who are non-certified personal trainers or fitness-industry professionals pursuing a valid personal trainer credential

Graduates of this program will be qualified to work as personal trainers or fitness instructors, and subsequently, may sit for the certification exam through the National Council on Strength and Fitness (NCSF).

Program Notes

Students will be prepared/qualified to sit for the National Council on Strength and Fitness (NCSF) credentialing exam, which is conducted at the conclusion of the program, the fee for this exam is $199.00 and is the student’s responsibility.

Program Learning Outcomes

Graduates will be able to demonstrate:

  • Competency in essential personal training skills:
    • Selection of appropriate clients
    • Conduct professional client interview
    • Analyze/identify nutritional needs and energy balance requirements
    • Conduct physical assessment to include: body composition analysis, nutritional analysis, biomechanical analysis and baseline aerobic & anaerobic testing
    • Create and implement safe, goal-specific, effective exercise programs for multiple populations (special, masters, youth, gender-specific)
  • Business & communication skills necessary to work in a variety of fitness/wellness settings 

Program Map

The academic map below presents the recommended plan of study and will guide you through your program in a timely manner. Click the course abbreviations for full course descriptions. A course may be critical because it is a pre-requisite, requires a minimum grade, or because it is only offered once a year. Missing a critical course may push back your graduation date. Meet with an Academic Counselor or Faculty Advisor to ensure you are on track to complete your program.

Critical Courses should be taken in the order shown to stay on track and graduate on time.


 Semester 1

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Critical Course Pre-reqs or Co-reqs Credits Notes
BIOL 121   4  
PE 110      2  
PE 116     1  
HHP 120     1  
Physical Education Elective   1
NUTR 101       3  
ENG 101     3  
Semester Total Credits     15  


✹ Choose One: HHP 200  (recommended), PE 104 PE 109 , PE 111 , PE 113 , PE 121 , PE 136 , PE 139 , PE 140 , PE 143 , PE 158 , PE 218  

Semester 2

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Critical Course Pre-reqs or Co-reqs Credits Notes
HHP 101   3  
HHP 102   1  

HHP 200  or MGT 101 

COMM 109       3  
MATH 117     3  
PSYCH 101     3  
Semester Total Credits     17  
✹ If MGT 101  (3 credits) is selected, a student must also choose a PE Elective (1 credit)


Minimum Total Credits: 32

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