2023-2024 Yavapai College Catalog 
    May 23, 2024  
2023-2024 Yavapai College Catalog [PREVIOUS CATALOG YEAR]

Fitness Trainer/Instructor Certificate

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The Fitness Trainer/ Instructor certificate provides students with a cross-disciplinary foundation in the fields of exercise science, sports nutrition, wellness and first aid as applied to personal training and group fitness programming and instruction. It is an ideal path for students needing ACE exam review preparation, for those planning to pursue a bachelor's degree in a similar area of study, or for current professionals seeking to update and enhance their knowledge and skills.

Credit Hours Required: 16

Note: This program can be completed entirely online.

Program Requirements

Note: The following courses with the EXW prefix were previously listed under PHE.

Program Outcomes

Upon successful completion of the Fitness Trainer/Instructor Certificate program, the learner will be able to:

  1. Use F.I.T.T.E. and strength training principles to develop and evaluate the effectiveness of programs for individuals and/or groups that will enhance the five components of fitness.
  2. Explain the acute and chronic effects and adaptations of exercise on the cardiovascular and musculoskeletal system.
  3. Describe how behavior modification strategies apply to the relationship between diet and exercise within the scope of practice of a personal trainer.
  4. Explain medical procedures as they relate to exercise.
  5. Integrate mind-body components into the design of personal training sessions.