Educational Programs

Personal Trainer and Group Exercise Instruction

 

Program description

As an educational partner with the American Council on Exercise (ACE), this program will provide you with the knowledge, skills and practical experience to be a qualified, competent fitness worker and prepare you for employment quickly in a streamlined, effective and concentrated educational format.

Program start and location

You can begin this program in the fall semester to complete in the spring, or complete the whole program in the spring semester. Classes are held on the MCTC campus.

Degree options and requirements

Please select the award below to view the degree options and requirements in the college catalog.

Personal Trainer and Group Exercise Instructor Certificate—8 credits

What you will learn

  • You will learn the process and skills to design and implement exercise programs.
  • You will learn strategies to teach clients proper technique to support clients in developing healthy behaviors.
  • you will also learn the process and techniques to design and instruct group exercise classes.

Points of pride

Where you could work

  • Health clubs
  • Fitness facilities
  • Yoga studios
  • Schools
  • Corporate wellness centers
  • Community education
  • Senior living facilities
  • Clinics, hospitals or treatment centers

Potential job titles

  • Personal trainer
  • Group exercise instructor

Occupational outlook

The occupational outlook for fitness worker jobs is expected to increase 30% through 2018, which is faster than the average for all occupations.

Beyond-the-classroom opportunities 

You will gain practical experience in our fitness center by working with the MCTC community.

Academy

This program is part of the Academy of Education and Public Service. Click here for more information.

Articulation Agreements, Common Course Outlines and Gainful Employment Information

Click here for Common Course Outline information.


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