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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.

Courses

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Courses are from the 2018-19 Catalog

TOTAL PROGRAM CREDITS19 credits

  • 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.


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    9/18-12/6TTh 6:00p-9:00pVIERA SOpenings: 20
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  • 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.


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    7/21Sa 8:00a-5:00pSPENCER KOpenings: 4
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    8/22W 6:00p-9:00pQUINSEY SOpenings: 10
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    10/15-10/17MW 5:00p-9:00pSTAFFOpenings: 11
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    11/7W 6:00p-9:00pSTAFFOpenings: 12
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    12/1Sa 8:00a-5:00pSTAFFOpenings: 9
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    2/9Sa 8:00a-5:00pSTAFFOpenings: 12
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    2/27W 6:00p-9:00pSTAFFOpenings: 10
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    3/18M 1:00p-4:00pSTAFFOpenings: 10
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    4/29-5/1MW 5:00p-9:00pSTAFFOpenings: 12
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    6/8Sa 8:00a-5:00pSTAFFOpenings: 12
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    5/22W 6:00p-9:00pKING JOpenings: 10
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  • 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.

    Prerequisite:
    PFT 100

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    1/8-3/19TTh 6:00p-9:00pVIERA SOpenings: 24
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  • 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.

    Prerequisite:
    PFT 110

    Future Offerings
    4/2-6/20TTh 6:00p-9:00pVIERA SOpenings: 24
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TOTAL PROGRAM CREDITS19 credits

Entry Information

Check out the information below to learn how you can get started!

When Can I 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 www.btc.ctc.edu/apply. State “Personal Fitness Trainer” as your intended program of study.

What Are My Next Steps?


  1. Apply to BTC and Financial Aid
  2. Take the ACCUPLACER/Placement Test
  3. Attend an Advising & Registration Session
  4. Prepare to Attend

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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Sarah Viera

Area of Instruction


Continuing Education

Contact Info


sviera@btc.edu
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Background


Profile
Sarah holds a Master Degree in Kinesiology (Exercise Science) from Western Washington University and is an ACSM Certified Exercise Physiologist. Growi...

    • Sarah holds a Master Degree in Kinesiology (Exercise Science) from Western Washington University and is an ACSM Certified Exercise Physiologist. Growing up in Whatcom County, she has a passion for bettering the health of those in her community. Sarah was first certified as an ACE personal trainer in 2012 where she trained students and staff at the WWU Wade King Recreation Center. As a graduate student she worked as the exercise physiology graduate teaching assistant. This position included instructing lab sections of exercise physiology class and directing the older adult fitness program. After finishing graduate school in 2015, she became an ACSM Certified Exercise Physiologist and began working at NorthStar Medical Specialists. She now works full time helping those in their pulmonary rehabilitation and weight management programs progress towards a healthier lifestyle and better quality of life.

Specialties
Abstract accepted and visually presented to International Fascia Research Congress, September 2015 Nominated twice for NASPE Most Outstanding Major of the Year Award, 2011 and 2012 WACLEA Robert G. Peterson Memorial Scholarship recipient, Spring 2012 Herbert Baird, Jr. Scholarship recipient for 2011-2012 school year Education Abroad, Summer 2011, University of Salamanca, Salamanca, Spain

    • Abstract accepted and visually presented to International Fascia Research Congress, September 2015 Nominated twice for NASPE Most Outstanding Major of the Year Award, 2011 and 2012 WACLEA Robert G. Peterson Memorial Scholarship recipient, Spring 2012 Herbert Baird, Jr. Scholarship recipient for 2011-2012 school year Education Abroad, Summer 2011, University of Salamanca, Salamanca, Spain
    • Degrees and Certifications ACSM Certified Exercise Physiologist, July 2015 Adult CPR/AED, Child CPR and First Aid


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Donnelly Miller

Area of Instruction


Personal Fitness Trainer

Contact Info


dmiller@btc.edu
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Background


Profile
Donnelly has been a continuing education instructor for the Personal Trainer Certification course since January of 2017. He first earned his undergrad...

    • Donnelly has been a continuing education instructor for the Personal Trainer Certification course since January of 2017. He first earned his undergraduate degree in kinesiology as a health and fitness specialist in 2015 and subsequently earned a Master Degree in Kinesiology (Exercise Science) in 2017 from Western Washington University and is also an ACSM Certified Exercise Physiologist. Donnelly began his journey in helping others reach their health and fitness by serving as an Assistant Command Fitness Leader at Naval Hospital Pensacola. While serving in this position, he conducted both individual and group training sessions for sailors. He also helped develop training programs for individuals who were failing to meet the minimal requirements for the Navy’s semi-annual physical readiness test. Donnelly also has experience coaching swimming for special needs individuals at the Arne Hanna Aquatic Center as a volunteer while he was finishing up his undergraduate degree in kinesiology.

Specialties
Abstract on the effects of a creatine-electrolyte creatine supplement on muscle fatigability was accepted and presented at the ASCM annual meeting in Denver Colorado, May 2017. Donnelly also has competed in several different adventure and endurance events including freestyle skiing, Spartan races, triathlons, and inline skate races. He is currently attempting train at an elite level to compete in alpine downhill ski racing and hopes to make it into the 2022 Winter Olympic Games despite his modest age.

    • Abstract on the effects of a creatine-electrolyte creatine supplement on muscle fatigability was accepted and presented at the ASCM annual meeting in Denver Colorado, May 2017. Donnelly also has competed in several different adventure and endurance events including freestyle skiing, Spartan races, triathlons, and inline skate races. He is currently attempting train at an elite level to compete in alpine downhill ski racing and hopes to make it into the 2022 Winter Olympic Games despite his modest age.