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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.

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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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.

  • 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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    2/8Sa 8:00a-5:00pSTAFFOpenings: 12
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    2/26W 6:00p-9:00pSTAFFOpenings: 10
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    3/16M 5:00p-8:00pSTAFFOpenings: 10
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    4/27-4/29MW 5:00p-9:00pSTAFFOpenings: 12
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    5/20W 6:00p-9:00pSTAFFOpenings: 10
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  • 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.

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    1/7-3/26TTh 6:00p-9:00pSTAFFOpenings: 24
  • 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.

    Future Offerings
    4/7-6/24TTh 6:00p-9:00pSTAFFOpenings: 24
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.

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.

Mark O

Mark O'Connor

Area of Instruction


Entry & Advising

Contact Info


360 752-8459
moconnor@btc.edu
College Services (CS) - Room 135


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Sarah Perry

Area of Instruction


Personal Fitness Trainer

Degrees and Certifications


MS, Kinesiology, Exercise Science Option, Western Washington University

BA, Music, Montana State University

Certificate, Personal Fitness Trainer, Bellingham Technical College

Certificate, Personal Trainer, National Federation of Professional Trainers

Contact Info


sperry@btc.edu
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Background


Profile
Sarah has lived in Bellingham for five years, and currently works as a music teacher at Bellinghome School of Music. She decided shortly after moving ...

    • Sarah has lived in Bellingham for five years, and currently works as a music teacher at Bellinghome School of Music. She decided shortly after moving to become a personal fitness trainer, receiving her certification in 2017. Wanting a deeper understanding of the human body and the principles behind training, she enrolled in the Kinesiology master’s program at WWU and took courses in applied exercise physiology, exercise prescription and programming, nutrition, strength and conditioning, biomechanics, and many others, as well as teaching strength and conditioning lab. This gave further insight into how best to train individuals whose personal fitness needs may not fit textbook guidelines. She graduated with her Master of Science degree in Kinesiology in June of 2019. Sarah passionately advocates for promoting health and wellness through fitness training.

Specialties
Sarah has a deep technical understanding of high end biomechanical analysis equipment and software such as Vicon and Noraxon, as well as SPSS statistical software and is proficient in excel.

    • Sarah has a deep technical understanding of high end biomechanical analysis equipment and software such as Vicon and Noraxon, as well as SPSS statistical software and is proficient in excel.


Deanna Emnott - Instructor image

Deanna Emnott

Area of Instruction


Personal Fitness Trainer

Degrees and Certifications


MS, Kinesiology, Exercise Science Option, Western Washington University

BS, Kinesiology, PrePT Specialization, Western Washington University

Contact Info


demnott@btc.edu
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Background


Profile
Deanna is currently a Clinical Exercise Physiologist at NorthStar Medical Specialists. She specializes in pulmonary rehabilitation, weight loss/manag...

    • Deanna is currently a Clinical Exercise Physiologist at NorthStar Medical Specialists. She specializes in pulmonary rehabilitation, weight loss/management and bariatric populations. She instructs fitness classes at Barre3. She has been an American Counsel of Exercise (ACE) Certified Personal Trainer, She trained clients for four years. She has also been a Registered 200-hour Yoga Teacher (RYT-200) with Yoga Alliance. She taught yoga, meditation, and mindfulness for seven years. She has worked in injury rehabilitation under an Athletic Trainer at the Wade King Student Recreation Center at WWU. She taught the lab portion of the Anatomy and Physiology class at Western. While getting her Master’s degree in Kinesiology, she was the Fitness and Instructional Programs Assistant at Western Washington University. She assigned clients to personal trainers and lead meetings teaching them how to teach movements and gain rapport with clients. She is certified in Advanced Cardiac Life Support as well as Basic Life Support from the AHA.

Specialties
Deanna has worked in pulmonary rehabilitation, cardiac rehabilitation, personal training, group fitness instruction, and physical therapy. She has presented her master’s thesis, “Effects of Thoracic Spine Position on Cycle Sprint Recovery,” at the Annual ACSM Meeting in Minneapolis, MN. She has completed the Landmark WorldWide ‘The Landmark Forum’ as well as the Excellence NorthWest ‘Refresh’ and ‘Breakthrough’ professional development courses. These courses focus on communication, motivation, and interpersonal skills. She has competed in minor power lifting meets, the Lululemon SeaWheeze half marathon and the Ski-to-Sea race as a cross-country skier. She has recreational experience with snowboarding, mountain biking, and hiking.

    • Deanna has worked in pulmonary rehabilitation, cardiac rehabilitation, personal training, group fitness instruction, and physical therapy. She has presented her master’s thesis, “Effects of Thoracic Spine Position on Cycle Sprint Recovery,” at the Annual ACSM Meeting in Minneapolis, MN. She has completed the Landmark WorldWide ‘The Landmark Forum’ as well as the Excellence NorthWest ‘Refresh’ and ‘Breakthrough’ professional development courses. These courses focus on communication, motivation, and interpersonal skills. She has competed in minor power lifting meets, the Lululemon SeaWheeze half marathon and the Ski-to-Sea race as a cross-country skier. She has recreational experience with snowboarding, mountain biking, and hiking.