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Resistance Training Certificate (RSTC)


Note: This certificate program is not currently enrolling new students.

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.

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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/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 2019-2020 academic year

Resistance Training Certificate (RSTC)

Program Prerequisite: Meet with Program Chair

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

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
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