Dec 05, 2020  
2020-21 BTC Catalog 
2020-21 BTC Catalog

Personal Fitness Trainer

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If you have an interest in the health and fitness industry and would like to prepare for a career as a personal fitness trainer, this program is for you.

This program is designed for people currently employed or seeking employment in the fitness industry, or individuals wanting a better understanding of health & fitness.

Completion of the program will prepare students for jobs working in the fitness industry, both in a fitness facility and as a private trainer.

Students will be introduced to the American Council on Exercise (ACE), a certifying agency that offers a career and employment placement program, with a nationwide network to assist successful candidates with job placement in the fitness industry.

Program Outcomes

  • Demonstrate proficient methods of developing and leading group exercise programs and complete personal guided training programs.
  • Effectively manage gym operations or a training facility.
  • Provide the tools needed to develop healthy lifestyle habits professionally and personally.
  • Successfully pass the ACE Personal Fitness Trainer Certification test.

Program Start

This hybrid program starts in Fall Quarter and courses must be taken in sequential order. Program classes meet two evenings per week (Tuesday and Thursday) and the rest of the time instruction and study is done online.

Additional Requirements

  • A Bellingham Technical College Admission Application is required before a student can register for the Personal Fitness Trainer certificate.

  • It is recommended that students have good basic academic skills.
  • Before taking the hybrid courses, students should be confident about computer and study skills. Students will need access to a computer and the internet several days a week, for a total of 3-5 hours a week for each six-credit class.

Degree and Certificate Requirements

Certificate completion requires a cumulative GPA of 2.0 or higher and minimum grade of C/2.0 for required courses.



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