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
Credit
Degree/Certificate Type
Career and Technical Certificate
Academic Plan
Personal Training Specialist (CCL)
Academic Plan Code
5445
Total Credits Required
31–31.5
Catalog Year
2019-2020

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

$41,043

* 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 may be required to successfully complete a College Success Course (CPD150 or CPD/AAA115) within the first two semesters at a MCCCD College. See an academic, program, or faculty advisor for details.
  • Students should meet with an academic advisor about any concerns that may affect course enrollment.

Full-time status is 12 credits to 18 credits per semester.

Term 1

A sequence of suggested courses that should be taken during Term 1
Course
Number
Course Name Requisites Notes Area Credits
EXS101 Introduction to Exercise Science Critical course Gateway course 3
HES100 Healthful Living Critical course Gateway course SB 3
EXS125 Introduction to Exercise Physiology 3
FON100 or
FON241
Introductory Nutrition or Principles of Human Nutrition 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
EMT101
Cardiopulmonary Resuscitation (CPR)/Automated External Defibrillator (AED) or Basic Life Support/Cardiopulmonary Resuscitation (CPR) for Health Care Providers 0–0.5
Obtain CPR/AED Certification.

Term 2

A sequence of suggested courses that should be taken during Term 2
Course
Number
Course Name Requisites Notes Area Credits
EXS210 Assessment and Program Design: Muscular Fitness Scheduled first 8 weeks 2
EXS211 Assessment and Program Design: Flexibility and Balance Scheduled first 8 weeks 2
EXS212 Assessment and Program Design: Cardiorespiratory Fitness Scheduled first 8 weeks 2
EXS213 Assessment and Program Design: Weight Management and Motivation Scheduled first 8 weeks 2
EXS214 Instructional Competency: Flexibility and Mind-Body Exercises Scheduled 2nd 8 weeks 2
EXS216 Instructional Competency: Muscular Strength and Conditioning Scheduled 2nd 8 weeks 2
EXS218 Instructional Competency: Cardiorespiratory Exercises and Activities Scheduled 2nd 8 weeks 2
EXS239 or
(EXS239AA and
EXS239AB)
Practical Applications of Personal Training Skills and Techniques Internship or (Practical Applications of Personal Training Skills and Techniques Internship and Practical Applications of Personal Training Skills and Techniques Internship) Scheduled 2nd 8 weeks 3
Congrats! You have completed your CCL and are ready to register for your ACSM, NSCA, NASM or ACE Certification Exam!

Part-time status is 11 credit hours or less.

Term 1

A sequence of suggested courses that should be taken during Term 1
Course
Number
Course Name Requisites Notes Area Credits
EXS101 Introduction to Exercise Science Critical course Gateway course 3
HES100 Healthful Living Critical course Gateway course SB 3
PED+++ Any one PED Course 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 1

Term 2

A sequence of suggested courses that should be taken during Term 2
Course
Number
Course Name Requisites Notes Area Credits
EXS125 Introduction to Exercise Physiology 3
FON100 or
FON241
Introductory Nutrition or Principles of Human Nutrition 3

Term 3

A sequence of suggested courses that should be taken during Term 3
Course
Number
Course Name Requisites Notes Area Credits
EXS210 Assessment and Program Design: Muscular Fitness Scheduled first 8 weeks 2
EXS211 Assessment and Program Design: Flexibility and Balance Scheduled first 8 weeks 2
EXS212 Assessment and Program Design: Cardiorespiratory Fitness Scheduled first 8 weeks 2
EXS213 Assessment and Program Design: Weight Management and Motivation Scheduled first 8 weeks 2

Term 4

A sequence of suggested courses that should be taken during Term 4
Course
Number
Course Name Requisites Notes Area Credits
HES106 or
EMT101
Cardiopulmonary Resuscitation (CPR)/Automated External Defibrillator (AED) or Basic Life Support/Cardiopulmonary Resuscitation (CPR) for Health Care Providers 0–0.5
EXS214 Instructional Competency: Flexibility and Mind-Body Exercises Scheduled 2nd 8 weeks 2
EXS216 Instructional Competency: Muscular Strength and Conditioning Scheduled 2nd 8 weeks 2
EXS218 Instructional Competency: Cardiorespiratory Exercises and Activities Scheduled 2nd 8 weeks 2
EXS239 Practical Applications of Personal Training Skills and Techniques Internship Scheduled 2nd 8 weeks 3

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

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.

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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
2018-2019