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Certificate in Personal Fitness Training
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Personal Fitness Training Certificate:  $999

Advanced Certificate: $1499
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Certificate Course Descriptions:

The Online Professional Certificate in Personal Fitness Training is an instructor led, web-based, interactive educational experience that includes input and guidance from outstanding faculty/instructors drawn from colleges/universities, the allied health/medical field, and the personal fitness training profession.  Students can elect to take the Advanced Professional Certificate in Personal Fitness Training, which requires an additional 3 courses (see below).

The certificate program is designed to supply essential education integrating exercise science curriculum and practical training techniques into a systematic model that teaches students to progress their clients through different training levels and phases. Students will be prepared for careers working at medically-based fitness facilities, community wellness programs, personal training studios, physical therapy clinics, corporate fitness centers, YMCA’s/JCC’s, and private and commercial health clubs.

The Personal Fitness Training certificate program has five required courses:


Course 1: Introduction to Exercise Science - Level 1 (Anatomy and Kinesiology)
In this course, students gain an understanding of musculoskeletal and functional anatomy and the effects of exercise placed on joint structures during exercise movements. Emphasis is placed on learning about proper body alignment, joint range of motion (ROM), basic biomechanics, and kinesiological principles to the development of safe and effective exercise programs.   


Course 2: Introduction to Exercise Science - Level 2 (Exercise Physiology)
This 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. 

Course 3: Health Risk Profiles and Fitness Assessment Techniques
This 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. 

Course 4: Business Administration and Management Aspects for Personal Trainers
This 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. Techniques for effective management include standards and guidelines, facility/studio personnel management, and operational issues from a small personal training (PT) studio to managing a PT department at a large health facility. 

Course 5: Designing Exercise Prescriptions for Normal/Special Populations
This 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. This course is designed as a research-based class with emphasis on designing a step-by-step process to creating individualized exercise programs.

Course 6: Optional Elective - Field Internship in Personal Fitness Training
Prerequisite: 5 Core Courses and CPR Certification
NOTE: This course is an optional course and is not required to receive the Professional Certificate. Learn to work with professionals in the fitness and health industry for a hands-on experience working with members at fitness facilities and health centers. Students intern for 60 total hours in this course

The Advanced Personal Fitness Training certificate program, in addition to the above courses, has 3 additional required courses:

Course 1: Nutritional Analysis and Management
Students will study the basic nutrition principles and how to apply them when designing structured nutritional programs for clients in collaboration with registered dietitians and nutritionists. The focus will be on vitamin, mineral, and supplement knowledge; the effects of nutrition on the exerciser and non-exerciser; strategies for successful weight management; and recognizing normal to disordered eating patterns.

Course 2: The Science and Biomechanics of Resistance/Weight Training Techniques
This course teaches an educational systematic approach to teaching resistance/weight training movements. The practical application of anatomy, physiology, and body alignment is introduced to analyze weight training techniques, exercise equipment, and the risk/benefit analysis of a specific exercise chosen. Equipment modalities reviewed include stability balls, exercise bands, free weights, body weight, and commercial strength equipment.

Course 3: Functional Flexibility, Core and Balance Training
Students will study principles and techniques for evaluation and implementation of exercise prescriptions that include instruction in flexibility, core, and balance training. Students will learn how the beginning phases of an exercise program are based upon the starting point/level of the client based upon performance of initial assessments, neurological ability, and individual goals. In addition, students will learn to implement the Sequential Exercise Training (SET) Model to enhance posture, body alignment, stability, proprioception, and awareness to more complicated exercise movements or functional movements.

Format of Online Program:

  • The Program a self-paced, online distance education certificate that is an instructor facilitated program
  • The Online Certificate program can be completed in the convenience of your own home, office, or classroom
  • You have eight weeks per course of unlimited individual access to complete each course (pass rate required: 70% per course).  In addition students have 1 full year to complete the 5 required courses for both programs.
  • Online module quizzes and final certificate exam are automatically graded for immediate results
  • Graduates will receive a certificate via email upon successfully completing the program and passing the required courses.
  • Prerequisites:  This Certificate Program is designed to develop and educate students seeking careers as personal trainers in the emerging fitness and health industry.  In addition, this Program is established to provide continuing education for current fitness/health/medical professionals

  • Access courses from any Web browser
  • Allows you to progress at your own pace through the online format

Online Program Requirements:

  • A computer with email and internet connection
  • Online students should have basic computer knowledge

Additional Course Materials:  (Order information will be received after certificate registration)

 

Our Refund Policy:  Once you receive the access procedures for the course(s)/program(s) you registered for, NO refunds will be accepted.

 

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