Upon completion of the Personal Fitness Trainer certificate program, you will receive a University of Utah Personal Fitness Trainer Certificate and will be prepared to pass one of the following National Certification Exams: American Council on Exercise (ACE), National Academy of Sports Medicine (NASM), or American College of Sports Medicine (ACSM).
Over six million people work out with a personal trainer every year. If you love fitness, technique, instruction and all kinds of people, Personal Fitness Training might be the career for you! Our flexible, online program will give you the knowledge needed to begin a meaningful career in fitness. This program is created and taught by instructors that hold either a Master's or Ph.D Degree in Exercise Physiology, Kinesiology, Biomechanics, Physical Therapy, Nutrition, or other exercise science related field, and will prepare you for a career at medically-based fitness facilities, community wellness programs, personal training studios, physical therapy clinics, corporate fitness centers, YMCAs/JCCs, and private and commercial health clubs.
Program Cost - Tuition for the full certificate is $1495. Students may also register for classes individually rather than the full certificate program.
|Class Title||Next Start Date|
|Introduction to Exercise Science - Level 2 (Exercise Physiology) - Online||Online|
|Business Administration and Management Aspects for Personal Trainers - Online||Online|
|Introduction to Exercise Science - Level 1 (Anatomy & Kinesiology) - Online||Online|
|Health Risk Profiles and Fitness Assessment Techniques - Online||Online|
|Designing Exercise Prescriptions for Normal/Special Populations - Online||Online|
Required courses: 5
Total hours of instruction: 250
|Required courses||Held in:||Fall||Spring||Summer|
|Introduction to Exercise Science - Level 1 (Anatomy & Kinesiology) (PROEA 206)|
|Introduction to Exercise Science - Level 2 (Exercise Physiology) (PROEA 207)|
|Health Risk Profiles and Fitness Assessment Techniques (PROEA 208)|
|Business Administration and Management Aspects for Personal Trainers (PROEA 209)|
|Designing Exercise Prescriptions for Normal/Special Populations (PROEA 210)|
Courses are online. You can enroll and begin anytime! Courses can be as part of the full certificate program or individually.
Students are expected to be engaged for the full length of each class.
More information including drop policy here.
Introduction to Exercise Science - Level 1 (Anatomy & Kinesiology) (PROEA 206)
In this online, self-paced course, students gain an understanding of musculoskeletal and functional anatomy and the effects of exercise placed on joint structures during exercise movements.
Introduction to Exercise Science - Level 2 (Exercise Physiology) (PROEA 207)
This online, self-paced course is designed to teach the personal trainer how the muscular, skeletal, and cardiorespiratory systems function with and without exercise conditioning. Additional topics include energy metabolism, neuromuscular function, and the physiology of exercise in relation to training programs and environmental considerations.
This online, self-paced course teaches students how to assess and evaluate cardiorespiratory endurance, muscular testing techniques, joint ROM, flexibility, body-fat analysis, blood pressure, and body measurements based on ACSM guidelines. Topics include client screening procedures, medical and health history intake forms, identifying high-risk clients, determining the appropriate test, conducting the test, and evaluating the results.
This online, self-paced course gives personal trainers a solid background in developing or starting a personal training business, and prepares them for financial management, marketing strategies, and business plan development.
This online, self-paced course teaches how to develop an exercise prescription in relation to health implications for normal/special populations related to age, medical condition, and fitness level. Topics include cardiac conditions, diabetes, physical disabilities, HIV and AIDS, asthma, sensory impairments, pregnancy, and program design for children to senior populations.
Optional Field Internship in Personal Training. (Student completes 60 hours of internship to gain hands-on experience. Please contact Professional Education regarding the details for this optional internship.
Instructors for this certificate have been selected based on their professional experience, education, and ability to teach in a dynamic and engaging manner.
Program Cost - Tuition for the full certificate is $1495.
Tuition for individual courses - $299
Why choose the University of Utah?
We understand that you have a choice when it comes to taking professional development courses and we work hard to earn your trust with each and every class!
By selecting the University of Utah, you’ll enjoy the following benefits whether you’re coming to us as someone new to the job market, a career changer, a seasoned professional or a lifelong learner.
Resume Power - Benefit from the University of Utah reputation for credibility and quality. Choosing the University of Utah for your certificate program makes a clear statement about your commitment to excellence.
Instructor Excellence - Learn from instructors with real world experience and professional credentials.
The Power of the U Network – Students have access to a valuable University of Utah peer and faculty network.
Networking – Meet and network with other students pursuing or working in the industry.
Student Support – Count on the ongoing support of a dedicated student services staff that will assist you every step of the way.
Certificate Completion Requirements
How is my accomplishment recognized?
Are there exams? Am I graded?
Yes. There will be quizzes and exams in each course. Following is the course breakdown:
Can I apply these classes to a degree at the University of Utah?
This certificate is noncredit and cannot be applied to any for-credit degree.
Are these classes eligible for federal financial aid?
Students pursuing a certificate are considered "non-degree seeking," a status that is not eligible for federal student aid loan programs.