Personal Training Specialist

The Certificate of Completion (CCL) in Personal Training Specialist program prepares students for the American College of Sports Medicine (ACSM), National Strength and Conditioning Association (NSCA), National Academy of Sports Medicine (NASM) and the American Council on Exercise (ACE) personal trainer certifications. The curriculum is designed to prepare students for employment in entry-level personal training positions within the fitness industry.

Details

Major Code: 
5445
Award: 
Certificate of Completion (CCL)
Total credits required: 
31-31.5
Award notes

Students must earn a grade of C or better in all courses within the program.

Required courses
Course #Course TitleCredits
Credits:31-31.5
EXS101Introduction to Exercise Science3
EXS125Introduction to Exercise Physiology3
EXS210Assessment and Program Design: Muscular Fitness2
EXS211Assessment and Program Design: Flexibility and Balance2
EXS212Assessment and Program Design: Cardiorespiratory Fitness2
EXS213Assessment and Program Design: Weight Management and Motivation2
EXS214Instructional Competency: Flexibility and Mind-Body Exercises2
EXS216Instructional Competency: Muscular Strength and Conditioning2
EXS218Instructional Competency: Cardiorespiratory Exercises and Activities2
 
EXS239Practical Applications of Personal Training Skills and Techniques Internship (3) OR
EXS239AAPractical Applications of Personal Training Skills and Techniques Internship (1) AND
EXS239ABPractical Applications of Personal Training Skills and Techniques Internship (2)3
 
HES100Healthful Living3
 
HES106Cardiopulmonary Resuscitation (CPR)/Automated External Defibrillator (AED) (0.5) OR
EMT101Basic Life Support/Cardiopulmonary Resuscitation (CPR) for Health Care Providers (0.50) OR
Current Basic Life Support (BLS) Health Care Provider/Professional Rescuer certification (0) 0-0.5
 
FON100Introductory Nutrition (3) OR
FON241Principles of Human Nutrition (3)3
 
PED101STStrength Training1
 
PED101GFGroup Fitness/Aerobics (1) OR
PED101KBKickboxing (1) OR
PED101PSPilates (1) OR
PED101TCTai Chi (1) OR
PED101YHHatha Yoga (1) OR
PED101YOYoga (1) OR
PED101YPPower Yoga (1) OR
PED101YRRestorative Yoga (1) OR
PED101BSBody Sculpting (1) OR
PED101PCPhysical Conditioning (1) OR
PED101BCBoot Camp (1) OR
PED101ZUZumba Fitness (1) OR
PED101SRStretch and Relaxation (1) OR
PED101CYCycling - Indoor (1) OR
PED101YGGentle Yoga (1) OR
PED101TXSuspension Training (1)1
Competencies
  • Explain health and human movement using a fundamental understanding of the relevant scientific concepts of physiology, biomechanics and psychology. (EXS101, EXS125, EXS210, EXS211, EXS212, EXS213, EXS214, EXS216, EXS218, EXS239, EXS239AA, EXS239AB, FON100, FON241).
  • Locate and evaluate relevant scholarly literature. (EXS101, HES100, EXS210, EXS211, EXS212, EXS213, EXS214, EXS216, EXS218, EXS239, EXS239AA, EXS239AB).
  • Conduct and interpret foundational assessments of health and human movement. (EXS101, EXS125, EXS210, EXS211, EXS212, EXS213, EXS214, EXS216, EXS218, EXS239, EXS239AA, EXS239AB, HES100, HES106, EMT101)
  • Design, implement and evaluate evidence based physical activity programs that promote health, improve fitness, and enhance quality of life. (EXS101, EXS125, EXS210, EXS211, EXS212, EXS213, EXS214, EXS216, EXS218, EXS239, EXS239AA, EXS239AB, HES100, HES106, EMT101, PED+++, FON100, FON241)
  • Apply theories of motivation and behavior change to develop and implement strategies for improving exercise adoption and adherence. (EXS101, EXS213, EXS214, EXS216, EXS218, EXS239, EXS239AA, EXS239AB, HES100)
  • Explain the role of culture in physical activity and health behaviors. (EXS101, EXS210, EXS211, EXS212, EXS213, EXS214, EXS216, EXS218, EXS239, EXS239AA, EXS239AB)
  • Integrate social and ethical responsibility in decision making and actions. (EXS101, EXS210, EXS211, EXS212, EXS213, EXS214, EXS216, EXS218, EXS239, EXS239AA, EXS239AB, HES106, EMT101, PED+++)
  • Adapt instructional techniques to ensure client safety and goal attainment. (EXS210, EXS211, EXS212, EXS213, EXS214, EXS216, EXS218, EXS239, EXS239AA, EXS239AB, PED+++)
  • Collaborate with diverse individuals to achieve common goals. (EXS101, EXS210, EXS211, EXS212, EXS213, EXS214, EXS216, EXS218, EXS239, EXS239AA, EXS239AB, HES106, EMT101)
  • Communicate verbally, non-verbally and in writing in an articulate, respectful, empathetic and culturally competent manner. (EXS101, EXS210, EXS211, EXS212, EXS213, EXS214, EXS216, EXS218, EXS239, EXS239AA, EXS239AB, HES106, EMT101)
  • Use relevant scholarly literature, to inform decision making and solve problems. (EXS101, EXS210, EXS211, EXS212, EXS213, EXS214, EXS216, EXS218, EXS239, EXS239AA, EXS239AB, HES100)
  • Demonstrate dependability, adaptability and persistence to set and achieve goals. (EXS101, EXS125, EXS210, EXS211, EXS212, EXS213, EXS214, EXS216, EXS218, EXS239, EXS239AA, EXS239AB, HES100, HES106, EMT101, PED+++, FON100, FON241)

At Maricopa, we strive to provide you with accurate information about this degree or certificate. However, the information above represents current requirements for the academic year and may change as the result of the curricular process. This course list 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.