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2023-2024 Catalog 
2023-2024 Catalog

Personal Trainer (certificate)

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Official Title of Certificate: Personal Trainer, Certificate

Award: Certificate


Total Credit Hours: 17

Learn more about the Personal Trainer Certificate Program

Purpose: The certificate is designed to provide a background in basic exercise principles, health screening, fitness assessments, nutrition, behavior change, communication and exercise program design within the current fitness industry standards. Hands-on experience will be integrated into the program.

A certificate in Personal Training provides students with the competencies necessary to become an effective entry-level professional. The curriculum provides coursework and experience that prepares the student to sit for many nationally recognized personal trainer and health coach certifications.

This certificate will provide the foundation of courses for those interested in advancing to receive an Associate of Science Degree in Health, Fitness and Exercise Studies at Anne Arundel Community College.

Additional Certificate Requirements

Completion of the required courses with a grade of C or better in each course.

Range of Occupations

  • Personal trainer
  • Fitness specialist for corporate, commercial, private, municipal and community facilities
  • Health coach

Certificate Graduation Requirements

To graduate with a certificate, students must have demonstrated eligibility for ENG 101  or ENG 101A . Refer to Academic Regulations on Graduation Requirements .

Certificate Requirements: 17 credits

Program Outcomes

Upon successful completion of this program, students will be able to:

  1. Design and instruct an individualized exercise programs for healthy adults and special populations. 
  2. Apply national fitness and nutritional guidelines in order to customize behavior-change programs based on client needs. 
  3. Apply legal and ethical issues and professional responsibilities within their scope of practice. 
  4. Demonstrate basic injury prevention techniques. 
  5. Perform first aid and basic life support procedures when appropriate. 
  6. Assess cardiorespiratory capacity, muscular strength, muscular endurance fitness, flexibility and body composition.

This program aligns with the college’s core competencies.

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