Turn your healthy lifestyle into a professional fitness career. Increased health consciousness means a high demand for trusted professionals to assess fitness levels, help with setting goals, design appropriate fitness programs, and provide motivation. With this certificate, you will learn to create and lead individual and group exercises that are tailor-made for the health needs of clients through advanced knowledge of human anatomy and physiology, nutrition and exercise science. Fitness trainers conduct client assessments to develop these plans, help establish healthy nutritional behaviors and motivate their clients to succeed.

Our hands-on certificate program can be completed in less time than an associate degree and will prepare you to become a fitness trainer in private health fitness clubs, park district health fitness centers, gyms, and more. Convenient class times, including late afternoon and evening to accommodate busy schedules.

What Can I Do With A Fitness Trainer Certificate?

Fitness trainers and instructors lead, instruct, and motivate individuals or groups in exercise activities, including cardiovascular exercises (exercises for the heart and blood circulation), strength training, and stretching. They work with people of all ages and skill levels.

Job Outlook

Employment of fitness trainers and instructors is projected to grow 10 percent from 2016 to 2026, faster than the average for all occupations. As businesses, government, and insurance organizations continue to recognize the benefits of health and fitness programs for their employees, incentives to join gyms or other types of health clubs are expected to increase the need for fitness trainers and instructors.

Source: U.S. Department of Labor’s Bureau of Labor Statistics

Admission and Requirements

Students interested in the Fitness Trainer Certificate must:

  • Be taking PEH-160 currently or have passed PEH-160
  • Obtain a valid CPR/AED Certification to pass this class. This course is available at Moraine Valley course code AH8-039-171, CPR for Health Professionals. This is a non-credit hour course. This course is designed for health care professionals either new health care students or current health care professionals. Included: Adult/Pediatric CPR, one/two rescuer with a barrier device, AED, and FBAO/choking.
  • Must have passed PEH-160 & PEH-161

Gainful Employment

Gainful Employment Disclosures – 2019

Program Name: Fitness Trainer - Certificate

This program is designed to be completed in 12 months.

This program will cost $6,300 if completed within normal time. There may be additional costs for living expenses. These costs were accurate at the time of posting, but may have changed.

Of the students who completed this program within normal time, the typical graduate leaves with N/A* of debt.

*Fewer than 10 students completed this program within normal time. This number has been withheld to preserve the confidentiality of the students.

The following States do not have licensure requirements for this profession: Illinois

For more information about graduation rates, loan repayment rates, and post-enrollment earnings about this institution and other postsecondary institutions please click here: https://collegescorecard.ed.gov/

Program Details

Program NameType of CredentialCurriculum CodeDepartment or Division
Fitness TrainerCertificate1279Public Service


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