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Fitness Trainer: Personal

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Program Description

Personal Fitness Trainers coach or instruct groups or individuals in exercise activities. They demonstrate techniques and form, observe participants, and explain corrective measures necessary to improve participant’s skills. They work in athletic centers, gyms, senior centers, recreation centers and private clients’ homes.

Program Outcomes

Successful Completion:

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)

Financial Aid and Payment Options

  • Partial Payment Option (through Nelnet Business Solutions)
  • Tuition Waiver for those who qualify
  • Employer/Sponsor Paid Tuition
  • Division of Rehabilitation Services (DORS)
  • Local Office of Workforce Development

Length of Training

7 hours per course to complete the class and written exam

Courses are offered at CCBC Catonsville, CCBC Essex, and CCBC Owings Mills.

Program Requirements

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

Application Process

Provisional Entry – Verification of required certifications.

Prior Learning Assessment

This program has no options for obtaining course waiver(s) for prior learning.

Program Course Sequence

Course Number



Course Hours

Textbook Information

(approximate cost; subject to change)



FIT 627

Personal Fitness Trainer Certification I


Studies in Exercise Science and Personal Fitness Trainer Supplement;

$44 for both

Both study guides must be purchased and read prior to the start of class.



FIT 745

Personal Fitness Trainer Certification II


Advanced Personal Fitness Training by Joe Cannon;


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.

Additional Information

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.

Career Opportunities:

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.

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Contact Information

Coordinator: LaVerne Robertson | | 443-840-1253 | Essex | BESS | 124

Director: Michelle McCallum | | 443-840-1925 | Essex | BESS | 117

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