Program Information

Are you interested in embarking on a rewarding and lucrative career path in fitness and wellness? Look no further than our comprehensive personal trainer certification course, where you'll gain the knowledge and skills to become an American Council for Exercise (ACE)-certified personal trainer.

According to the Occupational Outlook Handbook, fitness trainers and instructors make an average of $45,380 annually, with a predicted job growth of 14% over the next decade. In the state of Maryland, fitness trainers and instructors earn an average salary of $68,496.

Our program prepares you for the prestigious ACE Certification Exam by harnessing the power of evidence-based exercise science, embracing ACE's unique behavior change philosophy, and teaching you to empower your clients in leading their fitness journeys. The ACE certification is approved by the National Commission for Certifying Agencies (NCCA)

In this program, you will also learn:

  • The ethics and responsibilities of a personal trainer.
  • How to build trusting client relationships through effective communication.
  • How to understand considerations for clients with varying needs and backgrounds.
  • How to develop programs that optimize health, fitness, and body composition.

Your Path to Success

  • Start learning with instructor-led classroom lessons.
  • Participate in skill-building sessions in the gym and weight room.
  • Obtain CPR/AED certification prior to the exam.

This program can be completed in three to four months, and the exam voucher can be redeemed within six months. You must be at least 18 years old with a high school diploma or GED certificate.

Summer 2024 Semester

Course Descriptions

PED-2400 ACE Personal Trainer (3 Credits)

Encompasses theoretical knowledge and practical skills to prepare individuals interested in personal training. Topics include guidelines for instructing safe and effective exercise, client/trainer relationship essentials, and designing and implementing appropriate exercise programs. This course reviews material that prepares individuals to take the ACE examination. Successful completion of this exam is required for certification.

  • 09929
  • 5/28/2024-8/5/2024
  • Tuesday/Thursday | 12:30-3:12 p.m.
  • Largo Campus, Room Location TBA
WLN-323 ACE Personal Trainer (3.75 CEUs) [Contiuing Education Course]

This course will give students the skills to identify the anatomy and basic principles of exercise physiology, nutrition as it relates to physical fitness, and safe usage of exercise equipment. Students will design and customize effective exercise programs that help clients improve flexibility, balance, core function, cardiorespiratory fitness, and muscular endurance and strength. Additionally, this course helps students prepare for the ACE Certification Exam, which is required to become a certified personal trainer. This is a cross-listed course with PED-2400.

  • 07512
  • 5/28/2024-8/15/2024
  • Tuesday/Thursday | 12:30-3:12 p.m.
  • Largo Campus, Room Location TBA

Program Resources

You can purchase the textbook at a discounted price ($99.95) and register for the exam ($399).

Exams are completed in established testing sites. To view the locations, click here. You may also choose to take the exam via remote proctoring.

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