Personal Training Proficiency Certificate

Certified Personal Trainers (CPT) are professionals qualified to assess physical fitness and to design and implement exercise training programs. Based on client interviews, risk stratification and baseline fitness assessments, a CPT can construct a training program to enhance the muscular and cardiorespiratory fitness, flexibility, and body composition of healthy individuals or for those that have been medically cleared to exercise. CPTs may be self-employed or may work in health clubs, corporate fitness centers, recreation centers, gyms, or residential care facilities. This certificate is designed to provide students with the scientific knowledge and practical experience necessary to sit for the Personal Trainer Certification exam offered by the American College of Sports Medicine (ACSM), or comparable certifying organizations. All credits earned towards the Personal Training Proficiency Certificate can be applied to earning a degree in Health Care Studies.

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Exercise Trainers and group fitness Instructors – est. salary $48,449*
Exercise Physiologists
– est. salary $56,606
Adapted Physical Education Specialists – est. salary $95,999

**EMSI Data, 2022; The greater Philadelphia region; a percentage of people in these jobs may have a bachelor's degree or higher.

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Courses and Completion Sequence

The following courses and sequence of courses is designed for the optimal success and completion of the Personal Training Proficiency Certificate degree/certificate. Any alterations should be discussed with your academic advisor.
Course Number and Name Credits Advisory Notes Course Type
PEH 105 - Principles of Fitness and Wellness 3 credits    
NUTR 106 - Nutrition for a Healthy Lifestyle 3 credits    
BIOL 108 - Essentials of Human Anatomy and Physiology 4 credits Prerequisite for PEH 230 and PEH 240  
PEH 120 - Introduction to Weight Training 2 credits Prerequisite for PEH 220  
PEH 220 - Functional Training 2 credits    
PEH 230 - Structural Kinesiology 3 credits    
PEH 240 - Exercise Physiology 4 credits Prerequisite for PEH 250 and PEH 260  
PEH 250 - Exercise Testing 4 credits    
PEH 260 - Business of Personal Training 2 credits    


General Education Requirements:

All general education requirements necessary for graduation are met through the courses in the program as indicated above. Students who wish to take courses that differ from the general education courses indicated above must complete a course substitution request form. To access the form, login to the MyCCP portal, and in the Student tab, under Electronic Forms, click on the Records and Registration Forms link, then choose Request For Course Substitution Of Graduation Requirement link. A more detailed explanation of the College's general education requirements is also available.

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