Online Certificate in Fitness Business Management

The Online Professional Certificate in Fitness Business Management is an innovative web-based Certificate - with an optional field internship course - designed to teach students how to manage a personal training program or a health or fitness department as a strategic business unit in both commercial and non-commercial-based health and fitness facilities.

The noncredit program was developed to establish an industry standard in fitness management education for allied health and fitness professionals, personal trainers, fitness managers, and entrepreneurs who wish to establish a successful business model and fitness operation. Specific learning topics include fitness management, marketing, entrepreneurship, finance, personnel management, customer service, and business administration concepts. The certificate prepares students to implement successful business systems in the following settings: private and commercial health clubs, medically-based fitness facilities, community wellness centers, personal training studios, physical therapy clinics, YMCAs, JCCs, college/university centers, recreational settings, and corporate fitness centers.

A competitive advantage offered in the program is the optional field internship, which enables students to practice fitness management concepts in a health and fitness setting. This program is offered in partnership with IDEA Health & Fitness Association, Health Club Managers, Inc., and Personal Fitness Professional (PFP).  IDEA has provided content/curriculum in the program; in addition, students receive a complimentary six month membership to the digital edition of IDEA Fitness Journal.  Health Club Managers, a Health Club Staff/Management Training company, is providing graduating certificate students a preferred discount on their services. PFP is providing students with a three-year free subscription, which includes eight print issues per year, a bi-monthly e-newsletter, access to their digital magazine and an interactive website with blogs, polls, articles and other benefits.  

Certification and CEUs/CECs and CPEUs Awarded
In addition to the professional certificate awarded by Thomas Edison State University, upon successful completion of this program various fitness and nutrition-related national organizations have reviewed this program and approved it for CEUs/CECs and/or CPEUs.

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