This certificate program is designed to prepare students to pass the National Strength and Conditioning Association’s Certified Personal Trainer exam. The National Strength and Conditioning Association is recognized as one of the top certifying organizations among health and fitness professionals. This program will prepare students to assess, motivate, educate and develop safe and effective exercise programs to meet the health and fitness needs of clients. CPR/AED/First aid training are also included in the course work. Credits earned in this 3 semester certificate may be applied toward the Exercise Science, AS program, if the student wishes to pursue a guided pathway for progression towards a transfer degree.
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Job Opportunities for Certified Personal Trainers
Personal trainers typically work one-on-one with an individual. A personal trainer can be an independent contractor where they go to their clients’ homes, be employed by a corporate wellness facility, a for-profit fitness facility or a non-profit, such as a YMCA.
Personal trainers typically work one-on-one with an individual and are generally paid by the hour or exercise session. Wages/salaries are highly dependent on geographical location and experience. According to the Ohio Bureau of Labor Statistics, the mean hourly wage is $14.28 with the mean annual salary being $29.710.
Owens Community College offers an on and off-campus directed practice experience that provides 98 hours of professional and hands-on lab and community engagement opportunities to provide active learning to our students. For more information on the directed practice expectations, please contact the program facilitator.