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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.
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.
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.*
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 are from the 2020-21 Catalog
|PFT 100||Foundations of Health and Fitness||6 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.
|PFT 110||Program Development and Training Principles||6 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.
|PFT 120||Facility Management and Marketing for a Fitness Trainer||6 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.
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