Sports Nutrition Fitness Trainers coach or instruct groups or individuals in exercise activities. They demonstrate techniques and form, observe participants, and explain corrective measures needed to improve their skills. They work in athletic centers, gyms, senior centers, recreations centers and clients private homes. Fitness Trainers include: Personal Fitness Trainer; Aerobics Instructor; Fitness Instructor; Group Fitness Instructor; Group Exercise Instructor’ Fitness Coordinator; Fitness Director; Fitness Technician; Fitness Trainer; and Private Trainer.
CCBC Credential: Students will have access to a Continuing Education academic record (transcript).
External Credential: Successful completers will receive a fitness certification from the American Aerobic Association International/International Sports Medicine Association (AAAI/ISMA).
Certifying Organization: American Aerobic Association International/ International Sports Medicine Association (AAAI/ISMA) www.aaai-ismafitness.com
Financial Aid and Payment Options
- Partial Payment Option (through Nelnet Business Solutions)
- Tuition Waiver for Senior Citizens and Individuals with Disabilities
- Employer/Sponsor Paid Tuition
- Division of Rehabilitation Services (DORS)
- Local Office of Workforce Development
Length of Training
7 hours to complete the class and written exam
Courses are offered at CCBC Catonsville, CCBC Essex, and CCBC Owings Mills
Current CPR, Automated External Defibrillator (AED) and First Aid certifications.
Students should be computer literate and have Internet access.
Recommended: High School Diploma or GED; prior experience and/or interest in fitness and nutrition.
Provisional Entry – Verification of required certifications.
Program Course Sequence
(approximate cost; subject to change)
Sport Nutrition Certification
Nutrition Essentials by Joe Cannon; $29;
This study guide must be purchased and read prior to the start of class.
A stringent attendance policy will be enforced.
Students who earn a minimum score of 80% to pass the written exam and a passing grade of “CC” for completing the course will receive their certification.
Skills for Success:
Previous work-related skill, knowledge or experience in health and fitness is required for fitness trainer occupations. Employees in these positions usually need one or two years of training that involve both on-the-job experience and informal training with experienced personal trainers or fitness instructors.
Detail-oriented; dependability; self-control; ability to follow safety rules; ability to follow directions; cooperation; integrity; persistence; manual dexterity; mechanical aptitude; mathematical aptitude; ability to stand for long periods of time; ability to lift 35 pounds; excellent communication and customer service skills.
Train to work in entry-level skilled positions such as Personal Fitness Trainer, Aerobics Instructor, Fitness Instructor, Group Fitness Instructor, Group Exercise Instructor, Fitness Coordinator, Fitness Director, Fitness Technician, Fitness Trainer and Private Trainer.