Become a Personal Trainer
ACE Personal Training Prep Course
If you are passionate about pursuing a career in health and fitness, a personal training certification is a great step towards meeting that goal. As a personal trainer, you serve as a coach, mentor, confidant and motivator, and have a significant impact on the lives of your clients.
Our ACE Personal Training Prep Course is an intensive 12-week course that will prepare you to become a nationally certified personal trainer. This course also serves as a prerequisite for working as a personal trainer at Rec Sports, if you do not currently hold a national certification.
This course is offered every Fall Semester.
Course Instruction is free; however, participants will be required to purchase the ACE book on their own.
The Personal Training Prep Course is a comprehensive certification training program through the American Council of Exercise. The course will provide extensive training on essential fitness subjects, including anatomy and exercise physiology, fitness assessment, program design, special populations, liability and risk management, and communication.
This course requires a substantial time commitment from all participants. The Personal Training Prep Course does not provide academic credit, however, the workload is equivalent to a 3 credit academic course. Participants are advised to be mindful of other commitments when registering for the course.
You must attend 90% of the class or more to be eligible for an exam discount and potential employment
If you are interested in employment as a Personal Trainer with the Division of Recreational Sports, you will be required to:
- Attend and complete at least 90% of classes and assigned homework
- Attend a mandatory interview
- Show proof of certification
- Attend two group fitness classes and two learn to play classes during the semester
- Shadow two Rec Sports personal training sessions