Personal Fitness Trainer, Basic Certificate


Malcolm X

Program Code: 0397

Program Requirements

Required Program Core
ENGLISH 101Composition3
ESSS 101Personal Trainer Preparation4
ESSS 112Functional Anatomy & Kinesiology5
PSYCH 201General Psychology3
Required Work-Based Learning Courses
ESSS 102Personal Trainer Practicum2
Total Hours17


This is an example course sequence for students interested in earning a certificate in personal fitness training. If pathway is followed as outlined, student will earn a Basic Certificate (BC) in Personal Fitness Trainer. This does not represent a contract, nor does it guarantee course availability.

Semester-by-Semester Program Plan for Full-Time Students

All plans can be modified to fit the needs of part-time students by adding more semesters.

Plan of Study Grid
Semester 1Hours
ENGLISH 101 Composition 3
PSYCH 201 General Psychology 3
ESSS 101 Personal Trainer Preparation 4
ESSS 102 Personal Trainer Practicum 2
ESSS 112 Functional Anatomy & Kinesiology 5
 Total Hours17

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This program can prepare students for the jobs listed below. Click on each one to learn more, including average earnings, annual job openings, and how much education people in that field have. For additional guidance and resources on career options, current City Colleges students and alumni can contact the Career Services Office.

Exercise Trainers and Group Fitness Instructors

Job Description

Instruct or coach groups or individuals in exercise activities for the primary purpose of personal fitness. Demonstrate techniques and form, observe participants, and explain to them corrective measures necessary to improve their skills. Develop and implement individualized approaches to exercise.

Salary Based on Experience Level

Take a look at the average hourly/annual earnings for this career in Cook County

Lightcast earnings figures are based on OES data from the BLS and include base rate, cost of living allowances, guaranteed pay, hazardous-duty pay, incentive pay (including commissions and bonuses), on-call pay, and tips.

Annual Wages

Entry-Level 10th Percentile$27,883
Median 50th Percentile$50,927
Senior-Level 90th Percentile$95,143

Hourly Wages

Entry-Level 10th Percentile$13
Median 50th Percentile$24
Senior-Level 90th Percentile$46

Annual Job Openings

1720 annual openings in Cook County

National Education Attainment

Here, you can see the level of education that people in this career complete.

Degree Program% of Jobs
A high school diploma or less14.29%
A certificate57.14%
Some college4.76%
An Associate degree9.52%
A Bachelor's degree9.52%
A Master's or Professional degree4.76%
A Doctoral degree or more0.00%

14.28% continue their education beyond an associate degree