Become a Personal Trainer

If you’re interested in helping people learn to live a healthier lifestyle, our Personal Training program could be ideal for you.  This 300-hour diploma program is designed to give Gwinnett College students the knowledge and hands-on experience necessary to work in the personal training/exercise training profession.  Emphasis is placed on coursework that includes the science of the human body including anatomy, physiology, kinesiology, and pathophysiology.  Under the supervision of an experienced school instructor, Personal Training program students are required to work one-on-one with gym clientele to develop and implement individual exercise programs, track clients’ progress, and demonstrate the effectiveness of the individual training program.  Gwinnett College students receive training in the fundamental business skills that will prepare them for the personal health and fitness industry.   Upon completion, Personal Training program students will be prepared to sit for industry-recognized exams required for certification as a Certified Personal Trainer (CPT).  This curriculum is specifically geared toward the National Academy of Sports Medicine’s Certified Personal Trainer (NASM-CPT) exam

Gwinnett College students must attend 75% of the total class lecture hours and 100% of the hands-on hours to receive the Personal Training Certificate indicating completion of the program.  Gwinnett College students who successfully complete the program will receive twenty-four continuing education units (CEU’s) applicable to the requirements set forth by the National Certification Board for Therapeutic Massage and Bodywork (NCBTMB).

Gwinnett College offers personal trainer courses to gain essential skills and training to achieve entry-level positions in this career field. These courses will be the first step in starting a rewarding career

Personal Training Program Outline

This Personal Training Certificate program is approximately 60% lecture and 40% hands-on. During the hands-on component, students will work one-on-one with fitness center members as well as with small groups of members.

Classroom Hours – The classroom component of this Personal Training certificate program consists of 180 hours spread over 12 weeks.  The breakdown of these hours consists of:

Session Number of Weeks Course Names
Session 1 Weeks 1-3 Fundamentals of Human Movement Science
Session 2 Weeks 4-6 Assessments, Training Concepts, and Program Design
Session 3 Weeks 7-9 Nutrition and Supplements
Session 4 Weeks 10-12 Client Interaction and Professional Development

Hands-On – The hands-on portion of the school’s curriculum will require 120 hours of work with gym members.  During this time, personal training students will spend roughly 8 weeks planning, developing, and implementing fitness and nutrition programs.  Gwinnett College students will be required to document goals and successes as they continue through this section.  During this hands-on course of study, the student personal trainers will develop, prescribe, and oversee exercise routines and track the progress of clients over an 8-12 week period and document their results. The documented results will be kept in a portfolio that students will be able to take and show to future clients and employers, after coursework is completed.

Employment of personal trainers is projected to grow 13 percent from 2018 to 2028, according to the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics. In an effort for employee wellness and as health and fitness become more important for government and insurance organizations, the need for personal trainer courses will continue to grow.


The Gwinnett College Experience

Because you are making the commitment to seek career-focused Personal Training courses, we commit ourselves to providing you with exceptional customer service each step of the way. All of our school instructors possess education or experience in Personal Training which provides you with a quality learning experience. While we do not guarantee employment, we provide continuous career services assistance upon graduation from your Personal Training Certificate program. Get started on your new career by attending a school that offers one of the best programs in the area.

Please refer to the course catalog for a listing of all information on this course.

Come in and register with our Gwinnett College admissions department to be enrolled in the program. Call us today at (770) 381-7200 or complete the Become a Personal Trainer form on the top of the page to take the next step to register in the personal training course.

The Personal Training program is not approved by the College’s accrediting agency Accrediting Council for Independent Colleges and Schools.  It is included within its authorization by the Georgia Nonpublic Postsecondary Education Commission.  This program is not eligible for federal financial aid.