Build Your Future as a Personal Trainer
The Personal Trainer Certificate is designed to prepare students to enter the job market as a certified personal trainer. This certificate requires a total of 18-21 units (2018) with an updated certificate coming in 2019 that will require 19 units. The certificate will utilize information from the National Strength and Conditioning Association and the American College of Sports Medicine with our goal being that our students can pass the national certification exam for personal training.
Degrees & Certificates
- Apply online at fullcoll.edu
- Apply for financial aid: fafsa.ed.gov
- Take the online orientation
- Take assessment exam
- Meet with a Counselor
- Update Personal info in My Gateway
- Register for classes
- Pay fees
Frequently Asked Questions
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HOW MUCH DOES IT COST?
The cost is $46 per unit. Non-resident tuition: $258 per unit PLUS enrollment fees (Non-Resident Tuition includes $19.00 Capital Outlay fee per Ed Code 76141).
Costs may vary; please visit website for more information: http://admissions.fullcoll.edu/fees-refunds/.
HOW LONG DOES IT TAKE?
Associate degree or certificate completion depends on program unit requirements and whether student is enrolled full-time or part-time.
WHAT ARE THE JOBS AND HOW MUCH DO THEY PAY?
For information on jobs in this industry sector and their median annual salaries visit: https://www.bls.gov/ooh/.
Salaries range from $21,000 – $84,000. Median salary is $46,000.
• Fitness Trainers
• Fitness Specialists
• Aerobics Instructors
• Group Exercise Instructors
WHAT IS THE JOB OUTLOOK?
Employment of fitness trainers and instructors is projected to grow 10 percent from 2016 to 2026, faster than the average for all occupations.
As businesses, government, and insurance organizations continue to recognize the benefits of health and fitness programs for their employees, incentives to join gyms or other types of health clubs are expected to increase the need for fitness trainers and instructors. For example, some organizations may open their own exercise facilities onsite to promote employee wellness.
Other employment growth will come from the continuing emphasis on exercise to combat obesity and encourage healthier lifestyles for people of all ages. In particular, the baby-boom generation should continue to remain active to help prevent injuries and illnesses associated with aging.
Participation in yoga and Pilates is expected to continue to increase, driven partly by older adults who want low-impact forms of exercise and relief from arthritis and other ailments.
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Average Salary in this Field
$81,700 Per Year
Careers in this Field
Group Exercise Instructors
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