Personal Training 16-Week Certificate

Contact Information

Roger Ross, Instructor

(701) 477-7862

Program Description

The Personal Training certificate provides students with varying degree of knowledge of general fitness involved in exercise prescription and instruction. Instruction will include how to motivate clients by setting goals and providing feedback and accountability to clients. The program will teach students how to measure client's strengths and weaknesses with fitness assessments and educate their clients in many other aspects of wellness besides exercise, including general health and nutrition guidelines.

Students will learn about the essentials to personal fitness training. Students will be introduced to the human movement system, the Optimum Performance Training (OPT) model and other domains of basic exercise science; assessment; exercise technique and training instruction; program design; considerations in nutrition; client relations and behavioral coaching; and professional development, practice, and responsibility.

Student Learning Outcomes

  • Define the components of the human movement system.
  • Describe the structure and function of the cardiovascular and respiratory systems.
  • Understand the essential methods of how the body produces energy.
  • Understand biomechanics and have knowledge of biomechanical terminology.
  • Define and comprehend the rationality of an integrated fitness assessment.
  • Define and describe the components associated with cardiorespiratory training.
  • Understand the importance of core training, balance training, resistance, reactive training, and speed, agility, and quickness training.
  • Define and describe the cause and symptoms of selected chronic health conditions.
  • Understand the importance of macronutrients and supplementation and their functions.
  • Describe the characteristics of a positive client experience and customer service.

Labor Market Information

According to the Bureau of Labor Statistics the Job outlook for Fitness Trainers will grow 8% between 2016-2026 (faster than average)

Required Courses

Required Courses

BOTE 177Job Readiness


FITT 130Fitness and Exercise Testing


FITT 155Personal Training/Lab


FITT 161Health and Fitness Intenship


FITT 220Strength and Conditioning


HPER 210First Aid/CPR


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