Aquatic Personal Trainer Certificate (APFTC)


The Aquatic Personal Trainer Certificate is designed for experienced personal trainers who want to expand their services by providing personal training for clients in an aquatic environment. Students learn about the effects of water properties on exercise programming, formats for aquatic exercise, and how to monitor exercise intensity in aquatic environments. Graduates may be employed by health clubs, fitness centers, or wellness centers. Job activities may include fitness testing and risk factor identification, conducting individual and group exercise programs, counseling clients on behavior modifications, and designing individualized fitness programs.

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Employment Options

Graduates Are Prepared To

  • Work in health clubs, fitness centers, or wellness centers

Representative Job Titles For Graduates

  • Aquatic Personal Trainer

Graduate Starting Salary Projections

$15.25 median hourly salary

Employment Outlook

Employment of fitness trainers and instructors is projected to grow 13 percent through 2022, about as fast as the average for all occupations. As businesses, government, and insurance organizations continue to recognize the benefits of health and fitness programs for their employees, incentives to join gyms or other types of health clubs is expected to increase the need for fitness trainers and instructors.

Education Options

Representative Co-Op/Clinical/Intern Sites

  • Certificate does not include co-op


Aquatic Personal Trainer Certificate (APFTC)

Program Prerequisites: HFT 152 Personal Fitness Trainer 2 and HFT 182 Personal Fitness Trainer Practicum (minimum grade C for both) or hold a nationally accredited Personal Training Certificate

Semester 1 Lec Lab Credits
EMS 100 CPR and First Aid for the Health Care Professional 1 0 1
HFT 160 Aquatic Personal Trainer 1 2 2
Total Credits:   2 2 3


Program Chair
Jennifer Hall