Online Certificates in Personal Fitness Training and Advanced Personal Fitness Training

The online Professional Certificate in Personal Fitness Training is a collaboration between Thomas Edison State University, the University-University Partners Network™, industry experts, faculty members, internship affiliates and national organizations. This interactive, comprehensive Web-based certificate program with an optional field internship elective course will allow students to fit courses into their busy work and home schedules, go online wherever they are and complete the certificate within five months; or have up to two years if necessary.

The program is offered in partnership with the American Council on Exercise® (ACE), IDEA Health & Fitness Association, and Personal Fitness Professional (PFP). ACE provides graduating certificate students a preferred discount on the ACE Personal Training Certification Exam and study materials. 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. PFP is providing students with a three-year free subscription, which includes nine print issues per year, a 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.

Click here for the current list of approvals.

Certificate structure and start date:

The certificate, advanced certificate and elective internship courses are offered three times a year in the fall, spring and summer semesters.

To earn the Professional Certificate in Personal Training, students are required to complete all five core courses. Students may also elect to take the Optional Field Internship upon completion. Students who have completed the Professional Certificate in Personal Fitness Training may register for the Advanced Personal Fitness Training Program, which requires three additional courses and is designed for students interested in furthering their personal training education by incorporating specialized resistance training, functional movements and nutritional programs for their clients.

Professional Certificate in Personal Fitness Training

  • Course 1: Introduction to Exercise Science-Level I (Anatomy and Kinesiology)
  • Course 2: Introduction to Exercise Science-Level II (Exercise Physiology)
  • Course 3: Health Risk Profiles and Fitness Assessment Techniques
  • Course 4: Business Administration and Management Aspects for Personal Trainers
  • Course 5: Designing Exercise Prescriptions for Normal/Special Populations
  • Elective Course: Optional Field Internship in Personal Training (elective)

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For further information about this program, including questions about the curriculum, CEU's, employment ramifications, etc., please email us.