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Certified Personal Trainer

Certificate of Achievement

The Certified Personal Trainer Certificate program is designed to provide students with the theoretical knowledge and practical skills necessary to be successful in the field of personal training. In addition, this certificate will prepare students to sit for the National Association of Sport’s Medicine Personal Training examination. Sales and entrepreneurial opportunities are also available in the fitness, health and wellness industry. After completing this 12 unit certificate program, students will be prepared for employment in this growing field as a personal trainer. The Certified Personal Trainer Certificate of Achievement requires the successful completion of a total of 12 units. This program provides Career Technical Education (CTE) opportunities in Personal Training. Students are presented the essentials to personal fitness training. Students are introduced to the human movement system, the Optimum Performance Training (OPT) model and other domains of exercise science, assessment, exercise technique and training instruction, program design, considerations in nutrition, client relations and behavioral coaching, professional development, practice, and responsibility. Upon successful completion of this program, students are prepared to complete the National Academy of Sports Medicine Certified Personal Trainer Examination. Successful completion of the NASM CPT exam and the West Valley College Certificate of Achievement provides students the opportunity for employment in the fitness industry as a Certified Personal Trainer. Employment opportunities include working at commercial fitness clubs, personal training studios, and entrepreneurial business owner or manager.

Required Core Courses (9 units)

Course NumberCourse TitleUnits
KINS4.15Practical Experience in Personal Training1 unit
KINS4.16Fitness Weight Training1 unit
KINS4.19Fitness Appraisal1 unit
KINT042Principles of Strength Training and Conditioning3 units
KINT070Principles of Exercise Prescription and Program Design3 units

Elective Courses (3 units)

Course NumberCourse TitleUnits
HSCI004First Aid and CPR/AED0.5 units
HSCI005Responding to Emergencies: Comprehensive First Aid/CPR/AED2 units
HTCH004Structure and Function of the Human Body3 units
KINS4.12Fitness-Stretch and Flex1 unit
KINS4.20Fitness, Weight Training 21 unit
KINS4.21Fitness Weight Training 31 unit
KINS11.06Pilates Reformer and Mat Instructor Training3 units
KINT030Introduction to Kinesiology3 units
KINT038AIntroduction to Sports Medicine3 units
NUTR015Human Nutrition3 units

Total Certificate Units: 12 units

To be awarded a certificate, a student must:

  1. Complete all the major requirements.
  2. Earn a grade of “C” or better for all required courses.

Upon successful completion of this program a student will be able to:

  • Demonstrate knowledge of personal training as a profession and the skills, techniques, and industry standards required to become a personal trainer.
Last Updated 10/14/22