Certified Personal Trainer

University of the District of Columbia Community College

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Career Training Program
Program Code: GES120
Hours: 62
Fees: $995.00 USD


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Are you an energetic, fitness-conscious person looking for an in-demand career in a high-paying field? ABC NEWS.com and Fortune Magazine rank “personal fitness trainer” as the fourth hottest job in the United States—and right now there’s a shortage of personal trainers, so it’s a great time to enter this field. 

This online program blends the best of academic and hands-on training, offering online instructor-facilitated education, four days of live practical training, and a required 30-hour internship that will give you real-life experience you can put on your résumé. When you successfully complete all course requirements and the necessary CPR/AED first aid training, you’ll receive your nationally-recognized World Instructor Training School (W.I.T.S.) Personal Trainer Certification—a certification that can open the door to a great career in the fitness field.


After successfully completing this course, students will be able to:

  • Understand and describe basic anatomy, kinesiology, and exercise physiology.
  • Assess an individual’s level of fitness using ACSM guidelines.
  • Design and customize exercise programs.
  • Demonstrate proper execution of resistance, cardio-respiratory, and flexibility exercises.
  • Identify and demonstrate at least one strength exercise for every major muscle group.
  • Explain ACSM and AHA recommendations for cardiovascular exercise.
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