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Personal Trainer - Advanced Certificate

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Want to show others the difference fitness can make in their lives and help them reach their full potential?

A personal trainer is a fitness professional involved in exercise prescription and instruction. They motivate clients by setting goals and providing feedback and accountability. Trainers also measure their client's strengths and weaknesses with fitness assessments. These fitness assessments may also be performed before and after an exercise program to measure their client's improvements in physical fitness. They may also educate their clients in many other aspects of wellness besides exercise, including general health and nutrition guidelines. Many specialize in a certain training type, training philosophy, performance type, exercise modality, or client population.

About the Program

The personal trainer advanced certificate is fast-paced program designed to prepare you for the National Strength and Conditioning Association (NSCA) certification. Delta College gives the graduates the opportunity to take the NSCA certified personal training exam on campus.

Learning human anatomy, exercise physiology, injury prevention, and motivation techniques, you will develop skills necessary to lead individuals safely through exercise with proper instruction and demonstration.

You will train an actual client for eight weeks, including initial assessment, creation and oversight of the program, and final assessment. During this experience, you will also learn the process of getting informed consent, release of liability waivers, and creating tracking documents.

Hands-on fitness assessment opportunities include:

  • 1 RM testing
  • Isometric strength testing
  • Blood pressure testing
  • VO2max testing on metabolic cart
  • Submaximal testing on metabolic cart
  • Blood lactate testing
  • Wingate power test
  • Body Composition Testing (skinfolds and circumference measurements)
  • Flexibility assessments
  • Muscle Endurance assessments
  • Cardiorespiratory Fitness testing

What are students saying?

"Weight has always been a struggle for me, so I can relate to people. I can show them that if I can do it, they can do it!" – Tim Daly, owner of Saginaw Valley Sports Performance

"This is a great field. I love working with people and helping them see they can make themselves better by their own actions." – Samuel Whyte

"I have always wanted to do this, and my instructors taught me to believe in myself." – Michelle Rousseau

Careers and Job Outlook

Personal trainers work in fitness facilities, in their personal homes, in client homes, over live video, or outdoors. Almost all personal trainers and group exercise instructors work in physical fitness facilities, health clubs, and fitness centers located in the amusement and recreation industry or in civic and social organizations.

Employment is expected to grow by 24 percent from 2010 to 2020, faster than the average for all occupations. As businesses and insurance organizations continue to recognize the benefits of health and fitness programs for their employees, incentives to join gyms or other fitness facilities will increase the need for workers in these areas.

The national average pay for fitness trainers is $31,090 per year, or $14.95 per hour.

Source: 2012-13 Occupational Outlook Handbook from the Bureau of Labor Statistics at

The average yearly earnings for a personal trainer in Michigan is $27,570.

Source: Michigan Department of Career Development, 2010 Occupational Employment and Wage Estimates of Michigan Occupational Information System

Find Out More

Have questions or want more information? Contact:

Kara Jimenez, PhD
Associate Professor Lifelong Wellness

Personal Trainer - Advanced Certificate

Program Code: CSA.35742

Upon completion of the Personal Trainer Certificate Program, you will have the knowledge and skills necessary to effectively assist apparently healthy individuals and those with controlled diseases in exercising safely and achieving higher levels of fitness or athletic performance. This program will provide the knowledge and practical experience in all of the following areas: client consultation and assessment, fitness program development, exercise techniques, safety procedures, and legal issues. Upon completion of this program, you will be eligible to sit for the American Council on Exercise (ACE) certification exam or the National Strength and Conditioning Association (NSCA) Certified Personal Trainer exam.

Basic Program Requirements

CourseCreditsCourse TitleCompleted
BIO 101W4Introduction to Anatomy And Physiology OR ______________
BIO 152W(4)Human Anatomy & Physiology I OR ______________
BIO 140W(5)Essentials Of Human Anatomy & Physiology ______________
COM 202W3Oral Communication for Managers ______________
HSC 1402Basic Medical Emergencies OR ______________
LWT 165(1)HeartSaver First Aid with CPR AND ______________
LWT 170(1)Basic Life Support for the Health Care Provider ______________
LWT 2103Nutrition: The Science of Optimal Living OR ______________
LW 222(3)The Science of Nutrition and Exercise ______________
LWT 2142Techniques and Applications of Health Fitness Equipment ______________
LWT 2303Theory of Strength and Conditioning ______________
LWT 2404Health Fitness Instructor/Personal Trainer ______________
LWT 2514Exercise Physiology ______________
LWT 2553Health Fitness Management and Promotion ______________
LWA ---1Lifelong Wellness Elective from Category A ______________
LWA ---1/1.5Lifelong Wellness Elective from Category B ______________

LWA Electives - Category A (Choose from list below for Basic Program Requirements)

CourseCreditsCourse TitleCompleted
LWA 1011Fitness for Life ______________
LWA 1061Athletic Conditioning ______________
LWA 1081Weight Training ______________
LWA 1111Circuit Training ______________

LWA Electives - Category B (Choose from list below for Basic Program Requirements)

CourseCreditsCourse TitleCompleted
LWA 1511Kick Boxing ______________
LWA 1521.5Astanga Yoga ______________
LWA 154W1BOSU Ball Training ______________
LWA 156W1Stability Ball Training ______________
LWA 1581Pilates ______________

30/31.5Total Credits Required For Certificate


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