About The Program

Based on the American Council on Exercise (ACE) standards, the program prepares students to become fitness professionals employed by health clubs, recreation departments, and fitness facilities. Graduates will be prepared to sit for a nationally recognized certification exam in Personal Training. Students are expected to attain high fitness levels during this program and, consequently, should be in good health.

Program Details

Special Admission Information: No classes will be waived without permission of a Personal Training advisor.

Completion Requirements: The following must be met to obtain the Personal Training Studies Certificate:

  • Achieve a grade of 'C' or better in all certificate courses
  • Score 80% or higher on the exit exam
  • Hold a current CPR certification

Recommended Preparation Information: Students are expected to attain high levels of fitness during this program and, consequently, should be in good health to participate in vigorous workouts.

  • Transfer Opportunities

    Since four-year colleges can vary in their course and GPA requirements, please consult a counselor or academic advisor regarding specific requirements and course selection.

  • Credit for Prior Learning

    Northern Virginia Community College accepts industry-standard certifications, credentials and/or professional courses for credit. Broadly, licenses, credentials and/or certifications must be current and valid for consideration. For more information regarding the status of the certification and its eligibility for credit, please see an advisor or faculty members in the discipline area that awards CPL credit.

Program Degrees and Certificates

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