Certificate of Completion in Personal Training Specialist

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The Certificate of Completion (CCL) in Personal Training Specialist program prepares students for the American College of Sports Medicine (ACSM), National Strength and Conditioning Association (NSCA), National Academy of Sports Medicine (NASM) and the American Council on Exercise (ACE) personal trainer certifications. The curriculum is designed to prepare students for employment in entry-level personal training positions within the fitness industry.

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Academic Career
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Career and Technical Certificate
Academic Plan
Personal Training Specialist (CCL)
Academic Plan Code
Total Credits Required
Catalog Year

Career Opportunities

Successful completion of the Personal Training Specialist program may lead to employment in a variety of different occupations and industries. Below are examples of related occupations with associated Maricopa County-based annual median wages* for this program. You can click on any occupation to view the detail regarding education level, wages, and employment information.

Fitness Trainers and Aerobics Instructors


* Career and wage information provided by Emsi using data, reports, and forecasts which are generated using government data sources and Emsi’s proprietary analytical processes. Emsi’s data covers multiple classes of workers including QCEW, non-QCEW, and those who are self-employed. Disclaimer

Course Sequence by Term

The following is the suggested course sequence by term. Please keep in mind:

  • The course sequence is laid out by suggested term and may be affected when students enter the program at different times of the year.
  • Initial course placement is determined by placement tests and completion of 100-200 level course pre-/corequisites and program prerequisites.
  • Students should meet with an academic advisor about any concerns that may affect course enrollment.

Term 1

A sequence of suggested courses that should be taken during Term 1
Course Name Requisites Notes Area Credits
EXS101 Introduction to Exercise Science Critical course Gateway course 3
HES100 or
Healthful Living or Introduction to Exercise Physiology Critical course Gateway course SB 3
FON100 or
Introductory Nutrition or Principles of Human Nutrition SG 3
PED+++ Any TWO PED Courses from list in notes area PED101GF or PED101KB or or PED101PS or PED101TC or PED101YH or PED101YO or PED101YP or PED101YR or PED101BS or PED101PC or PED101BC or PED101ZU or PED101SR or PED101CY or PED101YG or PED101TX 2
HES106 or
Cardiopulmonary Resuscitation (CPR)/Automated External Defibrillator (AED) or Basic Life Support/Cardiopulmonary Resuscitation (CPR) for Health Care Providers 0–0.5
Congrats! You have completed 50% of your CCL! You are ready for your graduation check! Obtain CPR/AED Certification.

Term 2

A sequence of suggested courses that should be taken during Term 2
Course Name Requisites Notes Area Credits
EXS210 Assessment and Program Design: Muscular Fitness 2
EXS211 Assessment and Program Design: Flexibility and Balance 2
EXS212 Assessment and Program Design: Cardiorespiratory Fitness 2
EXS213 Assessment and Program Design: Weight Management and Motivation 2
EXS214 Instructional Competency: Flexibility and Mind-Body Exercises 2
EXS216 Instructional Competency: Muscular Strength and Conditioning 2
EXS218 Instructional Competency: Cardiorespiratory Exercises and Activities 2
EXS239 Practical Applications of Personal Training Skills and Techniques Internship 3
Congrats! You have completed your CCL and are ready to register for your ACSM, NSCA, NASM or ACE Certification Exam!

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Students must earn a grade of "C" or better for all courses required within the program.

Course Sequence total credits may differ from the program information located on the MCCCD curriculum website due to program and system design.

All information is administered by the Center for Curriculum and Transfer Articulation at Maricopa County Community College District and published is subject to change without notice. Every effort has been made to ensure the accuracy of information presented, but based on the dynamic nature of the curricular process, course and program information is subject to change in order to reflect the most current information available.

View MCCCD’s program website for the Certificate of Completion in Personal Training Specialist (http://aztransmac2.asu.edu/cgi-bin/WebObjects/MCCCD.woa/wa/freeForm?id=134412).

Other Versions

The pathway map presented above is for the current catalog year and is the intended pathway map for new students. Other versions of this pathway map from different catalog years are available below:

Catalog Year Effective Dates
2019-2020 5/28/2019 – 5/25/2020