Personal Fitness Trainer Certificate (PFTC)


The Personal Fitness Trainer Certificate prepares students to develop safe fitness programs focused on health maintenance for healthy individuals. Graduates may be employed by health clubs, fitness centers, or wellness centers. Job activities may include fitness testing, identifying risk factors, conducting individual and group exercise programs, counseling clients in behavior modification, and designing individualized fitness programs.

Graduates are prepared to take the American College of Sports Medicine (ACSM) Certified Personal Trainer exam.

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Employment Options

Graduates Are Prepared To

  • Take the American College of Sports Medicine (ACSM) Certified Physical Trainer exam. Graduates earning the ACSM certification may be employed by health clubs, fitness centers, or wellness centers.

Representative Job Titles For Graduates

  • Personal Trainer

Graduate Starting Salary Projections

$15.25/hour (median pay)

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 are expected to increase the need for fitness trainers and instructors.

Education Options

Representative Co-Op/Clinical/Intern Sites

  • Certificate does not include co-op


Effective 2017-2018 academic year

Personal Fitness Trainer Certificate (PFTC)

Program Prerequisites: AFL 085 and AFM 092 (minimum grade of C for both) or appropriate placement scores, and meet with Program Chair.

Semester 1 Lec Lab Credits
EMS 100 CPR and First Aid for the Health Care Professional 1 0 1
HFT 151 Personal Fitness Trainer 1 3 2 3
HFT 130 Foundations of Health and Wellness Programs 2 2 3
Semester 2      
HFT 152 Personal Fitness Trainer 2 3 2 3
HFT 156 Establishing a Personal Training Business 3 0 3
HFT 182 Personal Fitness Trainer Practicum 1 7 2
Total Credits:   13 13 15

The letters G, B, and T (displayed after course titles or elective descriptions) identify types of courses required by the Ohio Department of Higher Education as part of an associate’s degree curriculum.
G = General Education course in this curriculum
B = Basic Skills course in this curriculum
T = Technical course in this curriculum


Program Chair
Melinda (Mindy) Piles, MEd, ACSM EP-C, CPT
(513) 569-5713