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Personal Fitness Trainer

Personal Fitness Trainer Certificate

If you have an interest in the health and fitness industry and would like to prepare for a career as a Personal Fitness Trainer, this program is for you!

This program is designed for people currently employed or seeking employment in the fitness industry, or individuals wanting a better understanding of health & fitness.

Completion of the program will prepare students for jobs working in the fitness industry, both in a fitness facility and as a private trainers.

Students will be introduced to the National Federation of Professional Trainers (NFPT), a certifying agency that offers a career and employment placement program, with a nationwide network to assist successful candidates with job placement in the Fitness industry.

Employment Information

$29,349 starting annual wage

$41,912 average annual wage

$60,278 potential annual wage

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Jobs & Employment

Job opportunities can be found in fitness centers, as a personal trainer, aerobics instructor, or in the private personal training business, working with people in their homes. Other options for program graduates are recreation worker, corporate staff trainer, or team trainer.

The average annual wage in this field is $41,912, with an earning potential of about $60,278 per year.*

Potential Positions

Upon completion of the certificate program students will be prepared to work in the fitness industry both in a fitness facility and as a private trainer. Positions may include: recreation worker, fitness trainer, or aerobics instructor.


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Courses are from the 2017-18 Catalog

  • Quarter 1
  • PFT 100Foundations of Health and Fitness6 credits

    You will study the science and structure of the human organism and how it relates to exercise science. You will learn about food requirements, values and how food is broken down into usable fuel. You will develop and learn techniques to regulate and prescribe appropriate eating systems. You will learn operation and set up of digital and programmable exercise machinery, equipment repair and maintenance, facility safety, sports injury management and prevention and how gym etiquette is practiced. Program development helps you understand the many needs and requirements of your future client. You will learn the tools, skills and methods to determine how each client fits into the program schedule. Assessment of health risks, potential problem areas and special needs will be covered.

  • HLTH 155First Aid Fundamentals1 credits

    This eight-hour first aid course is in compliance with WAC 296-24 of the State of Washington and meets OSHA/WISHA requirements for first aid training. This course teaches the fundamentals of first aid in order to gain access to the EMS system, render emergency care in a low-risk occupational environment, and teaches adult CPR and obstructed airway techniques. Both CPR and first aid cards are good for two years. Attendance at all sessions and demonstration of competency is required for certification.

    Future Offerings
    10/30M 6:00p-9:00pKING JOpenings: 6
    11/18Sa 8:00a-5:00pREAD AMWaitlisted: 0
    2/3Sa 8:00a-5:00pSTAFFOpenings: 12
    1/24W 6:00p-9:00pSTAFFOpenings: 10
    3/9F 1:00p-4:00pSTAFFOpenings: 10
  • Quarter 2
  • PFT 110Program Development and Training Principles6 credits

    Focusing on smooth, cardiac and skeletal muscle physiology, we will investigate structure, function and cellular adaptations with exercise. You will create exercise programs using scientific principles beginning with the fundamental beginner programs and working through advanced training development and implementation. Evaluation and assessment of programs will be heavily emphasized. This class will cover the mechanics of muscle development, as well as behavior and performance guidelines to achieve prescribed results with specialized instruction. The class is an introduction to the specialty field of the supplementation of nutrients, vital elements and their effects on aging and longevity. The principles to aid in prevention of degenerative health risks will be covered.

    PFT 100

    Future Offerings
    1/9-3/16TThSa 6:00p-9:00pVIERA SOpenings: 24
     Sa 9:00a-12:00pMILLER D
  • Quarter 3
  • PFT 120Facility Management and Marketing for a Fitness Trainer6 credits

    You will learn the day to day operations as a professional trainer in a fitness facility. This will include equipment maintenance, purchasing and budget management. You will learn multi-client training principles and guidelines for supervisor and management positions. The class covers the basics for designing an effective plan to run a successful training facility, as well as the evaluation of new and existing programs for implementation and development. This course is designed to assist the student in marketing their own personal trainer services as well as developing a successful marketing program for a progressive fitness facility. You will learn proven methods for marketing and research develop networking techniques, and employment leads. The course will assist you in recognizing and developing personal talents to be better able to determine career direction.

    PFT 110

    Future Offerings
    4/10-6/15TTh 6:00p-9:00pVIERA SOpenings: 24
     TTh 6:00p-9:00pMILLER D

Program Entry Information

Program Start

  • This hybrid program starts in the Fall quarter and courses must be taken in sequential order. Program classes meet two evenings per week (Tuesday and Thursdays) and the rest of the time instruction and study is done online.

Pre-Program Course Requirements

  • It is recommended that students have good basic academic skills.
  • Before taking the hybrid courses, students should be confident about computer and study skills. Students will need access to a computer and the internet several days a week, for a total of 3-5 hours a week for each six-credit class.

Program Application/Forms

  • This state funded program charges tuition based on residency. To establish residency, apply to BTC at State “Personal Fitness Trainer” as your intended program of study.

Program Outcomes

  • Demonstrate proficient methods of developing and leading group exercise programs and complete personal guided training programs.
  • Effectively manage gym operations or a training facility.
  • Provide the tools needed to develop healthy lifestyle habits professionally and personally.
  • Successfully pass the NFPT Personal Fitness Trainer Certification test.

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Anthony Hamilton teaches the Personal Fitness Trainer courses at BTC. He currently owns and operates two full service, 24/7 fitness centers in Whatco...

    • Anthony Hamilton teaches the Personal Fitness Trainer courses at BTC. He currently owns and operates two full service, 24/7 fitness centers in Whatcom and Skagit County. Anthony started his fitness career as a “Health & Wellness” contractor for the US Air Force where he provided personal training & Wellness services to patrons at Nellis Air Force Base in Las Vegas Nevada. Anthony has over 10,000 hours of documented personal training experience, working with clients of all ages and fitness levels.