Resistance Training Certificate (RSTC)


The Resistance Training Certificate prepares students to develop safe, effective, and efficient resistance training programs. Students evaluate biomedical, physiological, and genetic factors affecting strength and muscle tissue gain and learn proper form, technique, and spotting for resistance exercises using body weight, free weights, resistance machines, and other resistance-training disciplines. Graduates may be employed as corporate, community, or hospital-based fitness and personal resistance program trainers.

Program Code



Employment Options

Graduates Are Prepared To

  • Develop and lead safe, effective, and efficient resistance training programs

Representative Job Titles For Graduates

  • Personal Resistance Program Trainer

Graduate Starting Salary Projections

$15.25 median hourly salary

Employment Outlook

Employment of fitness trainers and instructors is projected to grow by 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


Resistance Training Certificate (RSTC)

Program Prerequisite: Program Prerequisite: HFT 122 Group Fitness Instructor or HFT 128 Aquatic Group Fitness Instructor or HFT 151 Personal Fitness Trainer 1 (minimum grade C for all).

Semester 1 Lec Lab Credits
EMS 100 CPR and First Aid for the Health Care Professional 1 0 1
HFT 124 Resistance Training Instructor 3 2 4
Total Credits:   4 2 5


Program Chair
Jennifer Hall