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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

Academic Career
Credit
Degree/Certificate Type
Career and Technical Certificate
Academic Plan
Certificate of Completion (CCL)
Academic Plan Code
5445
Total Credits Required
31-31.5
Catalog Year
2020-2021
What You’ll Learn

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

  1. Explain health and human movement using a fundamental understanding of the relevant scientific concepts of physiology, biomechanics and psychology.
  2. Locate and evaluate relevant scholarly literature.
  3. Conduct and interpret foundational assessments of health and human movement.
  4. Design, implement and evaluate evidence based physical activity programs that promote health, improve fitness, and enhance quality of life.
  5. Apply theories of motivation and behavior change to develop and implement strategies for improving exercise adoption and adherence.
  6. Explain the role of culture in physical activity and health behaviors.
  7. Integrate social and ethical responsibility in decision making and actions.
  8. Adapt instructional techniques to ensure client safety and goal attainment.
  9. Collaborate with diverse individuals to achieve common goals.
  10. Communicate verbally, non-verbally and in writing in an articulate, respectful, empathetic and culturally competent manner.
  11. Use relevant scholarly literature, to inform decision making and solve problems.
  12. Demonstrate dependability, adaptability and persistence to set and achieve goals.
Career Opportunities

Successful completion of this program 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.

Fitness Trainers and Aerobics Instructors

$40,810

* Wage information sourced from the Bureau of Labor Statistics, Occupational Employment Statistics Program. Updated May 2018.
Course Sequence by Term

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

  • 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.
  • Students should meet with an academic advisor about any concerns that may affect course enrollment.

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
HES100 Healthful Living Critical course Gateway course SB 3
EXS125 Introduction to Exercise Physiology 3
FON100 or
FON241
Introductory Nutrition or Principles of Human Nutrition SG 3
PED+++ Select one PED Courses from list in notes area PED101GF or PED101KB or or PED101PS or PED101TC or PED101YH or PED101YO or PED101YP or PED101YR or PED101BS or PED101PC or PED101BC or PED101ZU or PED101SR or PED101CY or PED101YG or PED101TX 1
HES106 or
EMT101
Cardiopulmonary Resuscitation (CPR)/Automated External Defibrillator (AED) or Basic Life Support/Cardiopulmonary Resuscitation (CPR) for Health Care Providers 0–0.5
PED101ST Strength Training 1

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
EXS212 Assessment and Program Design: Cardiorespiratory Fitness 2
EXS213 Assessment and Program Design: Weight Management and Motivation 2
EXS214 Instructional Competency: Flexibility and Mind-Body Exercises 2
EXS216 Instructional Competency: Muscular Strength and Conditioning 2
EXS218 Instructional Competency: Cardiorespiratory Exercises and Activities 2
EXS239 or
(EXS239AA and
EXS239AB)
Practical Applications of Personal Training Skills and Techniques Internship or (Practical Applications of Personal Training Skills and Techniques Internship and Practical Applications of Personal Training Skills and Techniques Internship) 3

Part-time Sequence

Part-time status is 11 credit hours or less.

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
HES100 Healthful Living Critical course Gateway course SB 3
PED+++ Any one PED Course from list in notes area PED101GF or PED101KB or or PED101PS or PED101TC or PED101YH or PED101YO or PED101YP or PED101YR or PED101BS or PED101PC or PED101BC or PED101ZU or PED101SR or PED101CY or PED101YG or PED101TX 1

Term 2

A sequence of suggested courses that should be taken during Term 2
Course
Number
Course Name Requisites Notes Area Credits
EXS125 Introduction to Exercise Physiology 3
FON100 or
FON241
Introductory Nutrition or Principles of Human Nutrition SG 3
PED101ST Strength Training 1

Term 3

A sequence of suggested courses that should be taken during Term 3
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
EXS212 Assessment and Program Design: Cardiorespiratory Fitness 2
EXS213 Assessment and Program Design: Weight Management and Motivation 2

Term 4

A sequence of suggested courses that should be taken during Term 4
Course
Number
Course Name Requisites Notes Area Credits
HES106 or
EMT101
Cardiopulmonary Resuscitation (CPR)/Automated External Defibrillator (AED) or Basic Life Support/Cardiopulmonary Resuscitation (CPR) for Health Care Providers 0–0.5
EXS214 Instructional Competency: Flexibility and Mind-Body Exercises 2
EXS216 Instructional Competency: Muscular Strength and Conditioning 2
EXS218 Instructional Competency: Cardiorespiratory Exercises and Activities 2
EXS239 or
(EXS239AA and
EXS239AB)
Practical Applications of Personal Training Skills and Techniques Internship or (Practical Applications of Personal Training Skills and Techniques Internship and Practical Applications of Personal Training Skills and Techniques Internship) 3
Program Area Key
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 program website for the Certificate of Completion in Personal Training Specialist (http://aztransmac2.asu.edu/cgi-bin/WebObjects/MCCCD.woa/wa/freeForm?id=134412).

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.

Other Versions

The pathway map presented above is for the current catalog year and is the intended pathway map for new students. Other versions of this pathway map from different catalog years are available below:

Catalog YearEffective Dates
2019-20205/28/2019 – 5/25/2020
2018-2019