Personal Training Certificate

Prepare to become a certified personal trainer

Learn the personal training skills and knowledge to help you get the national certification you want and build a foundation for starting in the profession.

The certificate gives you a basic understanding of the principles of personal training. You’ll complete academically relevant courses that will prepare you to sit for one of three national certification exams:

  • National Strength and Conditioning Association (NSCA)
  • American College of Sports Medicine (ACSM)
  • American Council on Exercise (ACE)

You’ll study the basics of human anatomy and physiology, exercise techniques, and a program design as you hone your skills as a trainer.

In three years or fewer, depending on your schedule and courses offered, you can earn this credential. 


  • The certificate in personal training is open to current students, regardless of major, and can be pursued as a stand-alone degree or combined with an associate’s or bachelor’s degree.
  • In order to enroll in our certificate program, you must first be admitted. If you are not currently admitted, you will need to meet the admission requirements. Visit admissions.

Certificate requirements

  • Complete a minimum of 26 credits in accordance with the specified curriculum.
  • Earn a minimum grade of C in each course.
  • Required to have a minimum 2.0 overall grade point average.


We’re here to provide academic support. Contact the SHHS advising team for answers to all your questions.

If you want more information about admission to our programs, visit our undergraduate admissions page.