Catalog 2018-2019 
    Jul 24, 2024  
Catalog 2018-2019 [ARCHIVED CATALOG]

Fitness Specialist/Personal Trainer, Certificate of Proficiency

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Program Admission Dates: Fall, Spring

Fitness Specialist/Personal Trainer certificate prepares students for employment as fitness instructors or personal trainers in entry-level positions in health and fitness clubs, athletic clubs, strength training gyms, retirement communities, and nonprofit and recreation organizations.

The curriculum is designed to help students prepare for the basic certified personal trainer certifications offered through the American Council on Exercise Personal Trainer and the National Strength and Conditioning Association. Eighty-eight hours of industry-based internship or cooperative work experience is required for program completion.

Fitness Specialist/Personal Trainer certificate graduates will:

  • be prepared to obtain an entry-level position in their field
  • demonstrate ability to instruct clientele on basic, proper exercise form and technique
  • demonstrate proficiency at basic fitness assessment and program design
  • demonstrate critical thinking, teamwork, communication, intercultural appreciation, and information literacy skills

Lake Washington Institute of Technology does not offer every course each quarter. It is the student’s responsibility to consult the Class Schedule and work out an individual schedule with an adviser or counselor. Any developmental coursework a student may be required to complete may increase the program length.

Program Requirements

Recommended Course Sequence - Fall Quarter Start*

The courses listed below are a suggested sequence; as long as prerequisites are met, courses may be taken in a different order.

General Education Requirements - 15 Credits

  • Written Communication 5 credits
  • Quantitative Reasoning 5 credits
  • Social Science 5 credits

Total Program Credits: 52

*Students who start the Fitness Specialist/Personal Trainer certificate program in spring quarter will have a different recommended course sequence, listed below.

Recommended Course Sequence - Spring Quarter Start

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