The Certificate of Completion (CCL) in Personal Training Specialist program is designed to help prepare students for employment in the fitness industry as a Personal Trainer. This curriculum provides students with a fundamental knowledge of human physiology and anatomy, introduction into career options in the field of Exercise Science, Kinesiology and Physical Education/Coaching, emergency response readiness, health appraisals and assessments; application of exercise fitness principles and strength and cardiorespiratory training techniques; a fundamental knowledge of nutrition, exercise physiology, and biomechanics; skills in exercise testing and fitness measures as well as writing exercise prescriptions and program designs for diverse populations.
Consumer Program Costs and Career Information: CG, GC, MC, PV, SC, SM
Important information you’ll need when applying to MCC:
- Academic Career
- Degree/Certificate Type
- Career and Technical Certificate
- Academic Plan
- Personal Training Specialist (CCL)
- Academic Plan Code
- Total Credits Required
This pathway map can lead to a variety of different occupations and industries. Below are a sampling of some of the possible positions and Arizona-based salaries related to this pathway map. Some of the opportunities presented below may require either a bachelor degree or a post-graduate level education.
|Occupation / Title||Annual Median Wage|
|Fitness Trainers and Aerobics Instructors||$40,870|
|Salary information comes from the Bureau of Labor Statistics, Occupational Employment Statistics Program. Updated May 2017.|
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.
|Introduction to Human Anatomy and Physiology or
Introductory Biology for Allied Health or
General Biology (Majors) I
|BIO160 recommended course||RC||4|
|EXS101||Introduction to Exercise Science||Prerequisites or Corequisites: RDG100, or RDG111, or RDG112, or RDG113 or satisfactory score on District reading placement exam.||RC||3|
|EXS112||Professional Applications of Fitness Principles||RC||3|
|EXS125||Introduction to Exercise Physiology||Prerequisites or Corequisites: EXS101 or permission of Instructor.||RC||3|
|EXS130||Strength Fitness-Physiological Principles and Training Techniques||RC||3|
|EXS132||Cardiovascular Fitness: Physiological Principles and Training Techniques||RC||3|
|EXS145||Guidelines for Exercise Testing and Prescription||RC||3|
proof of First Aid & CPR Cert
|First Aid/Cardiopulmonary Resuscitation or
proof of First Aid & CPR Certification
|Practical Applications of Personal Training Skills and Techniques Internship or
Practical Applications of Personal Training Skills and Techniques Internship or
Practical Applications of Personal Training Skills and Techniques Internship
|Prerequisites: Completion of nine (9) credits of EXS courses required for the (AAS in Exercise Science and Personal Training, or CCL in Personal Training Specialist, or CCL in Personal Trainer), current CPR card, and permission of Department or Division.||CPR certification must be current through the duration of the internship. EXS239 may be repeated for a maximum of six (6) credits.||RC||1–3|
|Introductory Nutrition or
Nutrition Principles for Fitness Professionals or
Principles of Human Nutrition
|FON100 recommended course||RC||3|
Select from the following courses to meet the Restricted Electives requirement.
|EXS+++++||Any EXS course||RE|
|FON+++++||Any FON course||RE|
|HES+++++||Any HES course||RE|
|SPM+++++||Any SPM course||RE|
|WED+++++||Any WED course||RE|
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Program Area Key
- Critical Rdg = Critical Reading
- FYC = First Year Composition
- HUM = Humanities, Arts and Design
- Mathematics = Mathematics
- NS = Natural Science
- Oral Comm = Oral Communication
- PP = Program Prerequisite
- SB = Social-Behavioral Sciences
- RC = Required Courses
- RE = Restricted Electives
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=105444).
* Salary information comes from the Bureau of Labor Statistics, Occupational Employment Statistics Program. Updated May 2017.