Personal Trainer, Career Pathway certificate
- Do you want to promote the health and wellness of others?
- Are you experienced in working as a fitness professional, and want to enhance your skills and abilities?
- Do you want to make a difference by helping others achieve their fitness goals?
- Opportunity awaits!
As a personal trainer, you will be part of the preventive health care team working in health and fitness clubs, wellness centers, public and private recreation facilities, hospitals, and/or corporate fitness centers. The EXS Personal Trainer Certificate encompasses all the coursework in the first year of the AAS degree in Exercise Science.
This Career Pathway certificate may be obtained as a stand-alone certificate or in addition to the AAS degree. This first year will prepare you to meet qualifications for employment as a personal trainer in the fitness and wellness industry where you will develop, demonstrate, and implement appropriate fitness assessments and programs for healthy populations. Minimum 41 credits. Students must meet all certificate requirements.
As a Career Pathway student, you can get one-on-one support to help you access resources, services, and employment. You may also be eligible for financial support to help you with the costs of college.Get connected
|Award||Length||Financial aid eligible||Currently accepting students?|
|Career Pathway Certificate: Personal Trainer||Less than 1 year||Limited entry, see how|
to get into this program
Learn more about Exercise Science and all 5 awards available »
Course listing for the 2023-2024 catalog year.
|FT 100||Emergency Response for Fitness Professionals||1|
|FT 101||Exploring Exercise Science Careers||3|
|FT 103||Nutrition for Exercise||3|
|FT 104||Fitness Assessment||3|
|FT 105||Exercise Prescription||3|
|FT 106||Analysis of Movement||3|
|FT 107||Exercise Physiology||3|
|FT 110||Injury Prevention & Management||2|
|FT 131||Structure & Function of the Human Body||4|
|FT 180||Exercise Science Internship Preparation||1|
|FT 280||Exercise Science Internship I||4|
|or FT 280C||Exercise Science Professional Project II|
& PE 295
|Health and Fitness for Life|
and Health and Fitness for Life Lab
|HUS 102||Mental Health First Aid: Adult||1|
|or HUS 106||Mental Health First Aid: Youth|
|or HUS 107||Mental Health First Aid: Older Adult|
|PE 181A||Weight Training I||1|
|or PE 181B||Weight Training II|
|or PE 181C||Weight Training III|
|PE 281||Professional Activities: Resistance Training||2|
|Choose 2 of the following Professional Activities courses||4|
|Professional Activities: Outdoor Leadership|
|Professional Activities: Group Fitness|
|Professional Activities: Older Adult Fitness|
|Professional Activities: Mind-Body Disciplines|
|Professional Activities: Aquatics|
|Professional Activities: Team Sports Training|
The average full-time wage is $45,000 to $65,000 per year, with typical entry-level wages of $20 to $40 per hour.
Finish your degree
The Personal Trainer Career Pathway Certificate leads to additional certificates and degrees. Continue your education to give yourself more job opportunities and career advancement.
Is it for me?
- Who: High school graduates (and high school equivalency). Completion of IRW 115 or (WR 115 and RD 115) and MTH 20 or equivalent placement test scores. Note: First-year winter term courses for the AAS degree and the Personal Trainer Career Pathway Certificate require MTH 65 or higher and WR 121 with a “C” or “P” or better as prerequisites. If you do not meet all the placement recommendations, contact us for other options.
- Where: PCC Sylvania Campus
- When: Three terms
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