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Personal Fitness Trainer

Course Description

The NASM* Certified Personal Trainer (CPT) program is built on a proven, evidence-based training model that prepares you for real-world situations. Practical and application-focused content is presented in an easy-to-understand format. You'll master complex scientific principles and be prepared to accept the challenge of the certification exam. 

Textbook: NASM Essentials of Personal Fitness Training (4th ed)

36 Modules including:

  • Lab Manuals
  • Lesson Plans
  • PowerPoint Presentations
  • Quiz Questions
  • Instructional Videos
  • Study Guides
  • Supplemental Instructional Resources

To become an NASM-CPT, candidates must meet the following requirements: 

  • Have a high school diploma or equivalent
  • Have a current Emergency Caridac Care (CPR) and Automated External Defibrillator (AED) Cerfification prior tro sitting for the exam
  • Must have a passion for health and fitness  and helping others live healthier lives! 

 Why a Personal Fitness Trainer?
Be your own boss, set your own hours, and work in your gym clothes. Best of all, have the job security of working in a growing industry.


A personal trainer works one-on-one with a client to develop and implement a fitness training regimen that helps them lose weight, get stronger, improve physical performance or maintain their health. Trainers introduce clients to individualized exercises that are based upon their personal goals, skill level and needs. They must keep up with the latest trends and professional recommendations in fitness and nutrition.


Personal trainers are nationally certified fitness professionals with advanced knowledge of human anatomy and physiology, nutrition and exercise science. They have the ability to create and lead individual and group exercises that are tailor-made for the health needs of their clients.

Fitness trainers conduct client assessments to develop these plans, help establish healthy nutritional behaviors and motivate their clients to succeed. Certified personal trainers may be self-employed, work for a gym or fitness center, or even work for corporations.
 Career Outlook
 Continuing Education Opportunities
Bachelor Degrees:
  • BS in Sports Managementnormal'
  • BS in Health Care Management
  • BS in Health Care Administration
MBA with an Emphasis in Sports Business
Master - Education: Sports Management
Careers in Physical Therapy
  • Personal Trainer
  • Gym Assistant
  • Health Club Manager
  • Wellness Coordinator 

Median Salaries for Personal Fitness Trainers by Industry*
Fitness/Recreational Sports Centers                   $40,200
Educational services; state, local, & private       $36,510
Government                                                        $35,330
Civic and social organizations                            $32,350
 *Source:  Bureau of Labor Statistics 
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