Personal Trainer National Certification

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ZDEV-068 Personal Trainer National Certification (36 hours)
Fee: $649

Spring 2016
Saturdays,  February 27, March 5, 12, 19, April 2, 9, 16, 23, 30
9:00am - 2:00pm


Frequently Asked Questions  (PDF File)



Industry Certification

This program is approved for continuing education credit by the National Certification Board for Therapeutic Massage and BodyWork (NCBTMP) and the American Occupational Therapy Association (AOTA).

Course Description

Join this fun field and be a part of what ABC NEWS ranks as the 4th hottest job in the US at a national average salary of $25 an hour! Whether a career move or for your own personal knowledge, this course will provide all of the information you need to become a CERTIFIED PERSONAL TRAINER. This challenging program is taught over a 5-week period for better retention and skill competency. Morning lectures include coverage of anatomy, exercise physiology, nutrition, health screening, etc. Afternoons are spent at an area gym providing practical "hands on" training that prepares you to actually work with clients.

The National Exam is held on the 9th week. Proof of CPR and a 30-hour internship that can be arranged after you complete this course will prepare you to work successfully in the fitness field. This program provides a great opportunity to network with employers while getting valuable experience.

This program is eligible for Workforce Investment Act (WIA) funding and Veteran's Educational Benefits in many states.  Interested applicants should check with FutureWorks or CareerPoint re: possible WIA funding or with STCC's Office of Veterans' Affairs at (413) 755-4393 for additional information re: Veterans' benefits.

Purchase Textbook for Course

Purchase of a textbook is required:
Click here to purchase the required textbook, Fitness Professional's Handbook-6th Edition

Personal Trainer Orientation 

Want to learn more about the Personal Trainer Certification Course? Come join our live webinar and talk with a veteran instructor all about the course and industry. Webinars are offered monthly so please register for any of the below. Can’t make the date and time? Register anyway and we will send you a recording once it is complete.  

Please register for Live Your Passion, Become a Personal Trainer! 

Jan 13, 2016  4:00 PM EST at:  or

Feb 03, 2016 12:00PM EST at

Suggested Enrollment Process

To Enroll Online:

  1.  Click: ‘On Line Registration’ on the left side of this webpage.

  2. Click on Search and Register for Workforce Development Classes

  3. Type in "trainer’ and hit 'Submit"

  4. Carefully click the SELECT box for the course that you want to take. There may be several choices so make sure you select the right course and dates

  5. Enter in your personal and credit card information. Your receipt will be immediately emailed to you. It should have the Building and Classroom for the course.

    • If it does not, check with our office at 755 4225 a few weeks prior to the class to confirm the room numbers.

To Enroll in Person:

Go to STCC Building 16, Garvey Hall Room 131 to register for the course or call 755 4225