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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 American Council on Exercise (ACE), 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.

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Please Note:

BTC has not made a determination that the Personal Fitness Trainer curriculum meets educational requirements for licensure/certification outside of Washington State. We encourage students who plan to work out-of-state to check relevant local licensure/certification requirements.

Employment Information


75% BTC graduate placement rate

$37,294 starting annual wage

$51,730 average annual wage

$63,752 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 $51,730, with an earning potential of about $63,752 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 2020-21 Catalog

TOTAL PROGRAM CREDITS18 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.

  • Quarter 2
  • PFT 110Program Development and Training Principles6 credits

    This hybrid course is the second of three designed to give students the knowledge and understanding necessary to prepare for the ACE Personal Trainer Certification Exam and become effective personal trainers. This course presents the ACE Integrated Fitness Training® (ACE IFT®) Model as a comprehensive system for designing individualized programs based on each client’s unique health, fitness, and performance goals. The information covered by this course and the ACE IFT Model will help students learn how to 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 principles to aid in prevention of degenerative health risks will be covered.

    Prerequisite:
    PFT 100 with a C or higher.
  • Quarter 3
  • PFT 120Facility Management and Marketing for a Fitness Trainer6 credits

    This hybrid course is the third of three designed to give students the knowledge and understanding necessary to prepare for the ACE Personal Trainer Certification Exam and become effective personal trainers. This course presents the ACE Integrated Fitness Training® (ACE IFT®) Model as a comprehensive system for designing individualized programs based on each client’s unique health, fitness, and performance goals. In PFT 120, you will learn the day to day operations as a professional trainer in a fitness facility. 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. The course will assist you in recognizing and developing personal talents to be better able to determine career direction. Students will also continue to learn effective exercise program development and progression strategies for future clients.

    Prerequisite:
    PFT 110 with a C or higher.
TOTAL PROGRAM CREDITS18 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.

What Are The Minimum Entry Requirements?



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

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 ACE Personal Fitness Trainer Certification test.

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Laura Doss

Area of Instruction


Student Services

Contact Info


360-752-8548
ldoss@btc.edu
College Services (CS) - Room 105

 

Office Hours


Usual office hours are:

    Monday - Friday from 9:00 am to 4:00 pm

 
 

Background


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Laura Doss has been at BTC for 10 years in the roles of Academic & Career Advisor, Student Navigator, Instructor, Completion Coach and now College Nav...

    • Laura Doss has been at BTC for 10 years in the roles of Academic & Career Advisor, Student Navigator, Instructor, Completion Coach and now College Navigator for the Allied Health Programs. Laura earned her Bachelor of Science while serving in the US Army and stationed in Germany and her Master of Education while stationed at Fort Sill, OK. Her initial education and training was in the mental health field before moving into education. Outside of work, Laura likes to spend time with her four kids, walking the trails, cuddling with her tiny dog and reading a ton of books!