Thinking about a career as a personal trainer? In our Personal Training Certificate program you'll receive hands-on instruction as well as traditional classroom education in personal training. Whether you enroll full- or part-time, you'll take classes at Central Campus' new, state-of-the-art Health Sciences Center. There you will learn to:

  • assess physical fitness, including cardiorespiratory and muscular fitness, and set baselines for exercise programs;
  • design fitness plans based upon client interviews, risks and physical fitness assessments;
  • apply behavior change theories across populations and lifespans;
  • educate clients with scientifically based information to enhance their knowledge, program enjoyment, adherence to and overall awareness of health and fitness.

After completing the program, you will sit for the American College of Sports Medicine's (ACSM) Personal Trainer exam. Once you pass this exam, you will be a certified personal trainer. After this you may work in the field or continue on with your studies. Note that your certificate credits can be applied to our A.A.S. in Health and Fitness Professional or A.S. in Exercise Science and Wellness degree programs.

Program Curriculum

BIO 129* Functional Human Anatomy and Physiology (grade of "C" or better)* 4
ESW 146 Weight Training, Conditioning, and Weight Control 2
ESW 206 Basic Nutrition 3
ESW 222 Applied Kinesiology (offered Fall only) 3
ESW 224 Exercise Physiology (offered Fall only) 4
ESW 226 Assessment of Human Fitness (offered Fall only) 3
ESW 151 Fundamentals of Functional Training 2
ESW 227 Exercise Programming for Healthy and Special Populations (offered Spring only) 3
ESW 236 Personal Health and Wellness 3
ESW 296 Practicum in Exercise Science and Wellness (offered Spring only) 4
Total Program Credits: 31

*BIO 131 and BIO 132 (grade of "C" or better) can be substituted for BIO 129.