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Personal Trainer

Advanced Certificate

Program Overview

A personal trainer is a fitness professional involved in exercise prescription and instruction. They motivate clients by setting goals and providing feedback and accountability.

Trainers also measure their client's strengths and weaknesses with fitness assessments. These fitness assessments may also be performed before and after an exercise program to measure their client's improvements in physical fitness. They may also educate their clients in many other aspects of wellness besides exercise, including general health and nutrition guidelines.

Earning Potential

Job growth is on the rise in this field and is expected to grow by 18% over the next 10 years. 

In this field, it is estimated you could earn $29,742 a year.

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Likely Careers

  • Fitness Trainer
  • Aerobic Instructor
  • Athletic Trainer
  • Fitness and Wellness Coordinator
  • Career advisor working with student.
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About Delta's Program

The personal trainer advanced certificate is fast-paced program designed to prepare you for the National Strength and Conditioning Association (NSCA) certification. At Delta, you'll have the opportunity to take the NSCA certified personal training exam on campus.

By learning human anatomy, exercise physiology, injury prevention and motivation techniques, you will develop the skills necessary to lead individuals safely through exercise with proper instruction and demonstration.

You will train an actual client for eight weeks, including initial assessment, creation and oversight of the program, and final assessment. During this experience, you will also learn the process of getting informed consent, release of liability waivers and creating tracking documents.

Hands-on fitness assessment opportunities include:

  • 1 RM testing
  • Isometric strength testing
  • Blood pressure testing
  • VO2max testing on metabolic cart
  • Submaximal testing on metabolic cart
  • Blood lactate testing
  • Wingate power test
  • Body composition testing (skinfolds and circumference measurements)
  • Flexibility assessments
  • Muscle endurance assessments
  • Cardiorespiratory fitness testing
  • Hydrostatic weighing 
Program costs

Total credits: 30

Fee Cost
In-district tuition and fees $3,865
Out-district tuition and fees $6,215
Books and supplies $1,950
Additional supplies $400

*Program costs listed are estimated and are subject to change at any time. Students will receive final costs at the time of course registration each semester.

Why you should choose Delta


Dedicated and passionate faculty that hold up-to-date national credentials and certifications in the fitness industry.

Hands-on experience

Tremendous hands-on practical experiences using strength training equipment, machines, Kettlebells, Dumb bells, resistance tubing, BOSU and Swiss Ball and one-on-one training. 

National Strength & Conditioning Association

The National Strength and Conditioning Association is the world-leading membership organization for thousands of elite strength coaches, personal trainers and dedicated researchers and educators.

As student members, students receive an NSCA conference rate of only $25!

Program accepted through the National Strength and Conditioning Association as an Education Recognition Program.  

The NSCA Education Recognition Program (ERP) is the first step in laying the foundation to ensure excellence for students in the classroom, as well as long-term professional success after graduation. The ERP recognizes and distinguishes schools with strength and conditioning or personal training curricula that prepares students for NSCA certification exams.

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Student success

Exam pass rates on the American Council on Exercise (ACE) certification exam or the National Strength and Conditioning Association (NSCA) Certified Personal Trainer exam, have been over 90% for the past five years.

Facts & Figures


Our students have a pass rate of 100% when taking the National Strength and Conditioning - Certified Personal Trainer exam.


A 300 hour internship at the end of the program gives our students on-the-job experience within the health promotion field.

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