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 8-week course that will prepare you to become a nationally certified personal trainer.  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 also serves as a prerequisite for working as a personal trainer at Recreation & Wellness if you do not currently hold a national certification. 

Course Information

This course will be held on Tuesday/Thursday 4:00 – 5:30pm from September 17th – November 21st, 2019.

Course Instruction is free; however, you are required to purchase ACE Personal Training Essentials and ACE Personal Training Manual 5th edition prior to the first day of class.

This course requires a substantial time commitment from all participants, equivalent to a three credit academic class.  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. We will select 20 people from all the applications received to take part in the course

Personal Trainer Employment Requirements

  1. Attend and complete at least 90% of classes and assigned homework
  2. Complete two shadow sessions with a current personal trainer
  3. Attend and pass required interviews
  4. Show proof of certification

 For questions email Damien Michel,

Apply for the Personal Trainer Prep Course

Check back for the spring prep course application. The application deadline is September 10th and late applications will not be accepted. Accepted applicants will be notified by email by September 12th.

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