Exercise Science

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Career Pathway Certificate: Personal Trainer

  • 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.


Average full-time wage is $45,000-65,000/year, with typical entry level wages of $20-40/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?

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.
PCC Sylvania
Three terms

Program Cost

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