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Personal Trainer

The Certificate of Completion (CCL) in Personal Trainer is designed to provide students with the foundational skills needed to design and implement fitness routines appropriate to clients' goals and aligned with current industry best practices. The curriculum for this certificate fosters the development of critical thinking, leadership, and communication skills important for developing and implementing individualized exercise programs. A CCL in Personal Training: Advanced and an Associate in Applied Science (AAS) in Exercise Science: Health, Fitness, and Sports Performance are also available for students interested in continuing their studies in this field.

Details

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Field of Interest
Health Sciences
Type
Certificate
Academic Plan
Personal Trainer (CER)
Academic Plan Code
5421
Total Credits Required
18-18.5
Catalog Year
2020-2021
What You'll Learn

This pathway map will help you gain the expertise needed to:

  1. Locate and use relevant scholarly literature to make informed decisions and solve problems.
  2. Describe fitness concepts using relevant anatomy and physiology terminology.
  3. Assess health and human movement using a fundamental understanding of the relevant fitness concepts.
  4. Design safe and effective exercise programs based on health and human movement assessment results to achieve specified goals.
  5. Implement safe and effective individualized exercise programs.
  6. Progressively evaluate exercise programs.
  7. Apply theories of motivation and behavior change to promote health, improve fitness, and enhance quality of life.
  8. Demonstrate professionalism and ethical behavior within a fitness professional`s scope of practice.
  9. Communicate verbally, non-verbally and in writing in an articulate, respectful, empathetic and culturally competent manner.
Career Opportunities

Successful completion of this certificate may lead to employment in a variety of different occupations and industries. Below are examples of related occupations with associated Arizona-based annual median wages* for this program. Education requirements vary for the occupations listed below, so you may need further education or degrees in order to qualify for some of these jobs and earn the related salaries. Please visit with an academic advisor and/or program director for additional information.

Exercise Trainers and Group Fitness Instructors

$41,920

* Wage information sourced from the Bureau of Labor Statistics, Occupational Employment Statistics Program. Updated May 2019.
Course Sequence by Term

The following is the suggested course sequence by term. Please keep in mind:

  • Students should meet with an academic advisor to develop an individual education plan that meets their academic and career goals. Use the Pathway Planner tool in your Student Center to manage your plan.
  • The course sequence is laid out by suggested term and may be affected when students enter the program at different times of the year.
  • Initial course placement is determined by current district placement measures and/or completion of 100-200 level course and/or program requirements.
  • Degree and transfer seeking students may be required to successfully complete a MCCCD First Year Experience Course (FYE) within the first two semesters at a MCCCD College. Courses include AAA/CPD150, AAA/CPD150AC, CPD104, and AAA115/CPD115. Course offerings will vary by college. See an academic, program, or faculty advisor for details.

Pathway Map Options

There are multiple options available for this pathway map. These options vary depending on the locations, partners, and available tracks of the program.

These pathway map options may share some common coursework. To explore what additional coursework may be required, select your desired option from the list below. Once selected, the list of courses and any associated details will be automatically updated.

Additional courses that are specific to your selected option will be highlighted with a blue border. Depending on your selected option, the blue bordered courses may replace the gray bordered courses found in the other options.

Full-time Sequence

Full-time status is 12 credits to 18 credits per semester.

Term 1

A sequence of suggested courses that should be taken during Term 1
Course
Number
Course Name Requisites Notes Area Credits
EXS101 Introduction to Exercise Science Critical course Gateway course 3
EXS125 Introduction to Exercise Physiology Critical course 3
FON241 Principles of Human Nutrition SG 3

Term 2

A sequence of suggested courses that should be taken during Term 2
Course
Number
Course Name Requisites Notes Area Credits
EXS210 Assessment and Program Design: Muscular Fitness 2
EXS211 Assessment and Program Design: Flexibility and Balance 2
EXS213 Assessment and Program Design: Weight Management and Motivation 2
EXS212 Assessment and Program Design: Cardiorespiratory Fitness 2
HES106 Cardiopulmonary Resuscitation (CPR)/Automated External Defibrillator (AED) OR CPR Certification
CPR Certification must be approved by internship coordinator. Must be completed prior to enrollment in internship
0–0.5

Term 3

A sequence of suggested courses that should be taken during Term 3
Course
Number
Course Name Requisites Notes Area Credits
EXS239AA Practical Applications of Personal Training Skills and Techniques Internship 1

Part-time Sequence

Part-time status is 11 credit hours or less.

There is no Part-time option for the 8 Week Course Option pathway map option.

Term 1

A sequence of suggested courses that should be taken during Term 1
Course
Number
Course Name Requisites Notes Area Credits
EXS101 Introduction to Exercise Science Critical course Gateway course 3
EXS125 Introduction to Exercise Physiology Critical course 3

Term 2

A sequence of suggested courses that should be taken during Term 2
Course
Number
Course Name Requisites Notes Area Credits
FON241 Principles of Human Nutrition SG 3
EXS210 Assessment and Program Design: Muscular Fitness 2

Term 3

A sequence of suggested courses that should be taken during Term 3
Course
Number
Course Name Requisites Notes Area Credits
EXS211 Assessment and Program Design: Flexibility and Balance 2
EXS212 Assessment and Program Design: Cardiorespiratory Fitness 2
EXS213 Assessment and Program Design: Weight Management and Motivation 2
HES106 Cardiopulmonary Resuscitation (CPR)/Automated External Defibrillator (AED) OR CPR Certification
CPR Certification must be approved by internship coordinator. Must be completed prior to enrollment in internship
0–0.5

Term 4

A sequence of suggested courses that should be taken during Term 4
Course
Number
Course Name Requisites Notes Area Credits
EXS239AA Practical Applications of Personal Training Skills and Techniques Internship 1

Pathway Map Option Details

No pathway map option has been selected. Please select from the pathway map options listed above.

Course Area Key

Gateway Course = Generally the first major-specific course in a pathway.

Critical Course = A course that is highly predictive of future success in a pathway.

Disclaimer

Students must earn a grade of "C" or better for all courses required within the program.

Course Sequence total credits may differ from the program information located on the MCCCD curriculum website due to program and system design.

View MCCCD’s curriculum website for the Certificate of Completion in Personal Trainer (http://aztransmac2.asu.edu/cgi-bin/WebObjects/MCCCD.woa/wa/freeForm?id=153032).


At Maricopa, we strive to provide you with accurate and current information about our degree and certificate offerings. Due to the dynamic nature of the curriculum process, course and program information is subject to change. As a result, the course list associated with this degree or certificate on this site does not represent a contract, nor does it guarantee course availability. If you are interested in pursuing this degree or certificate, we encourage you to meet with an advisor to discuss the requirements at your college for the appropriate catalog year.