Personal Trainer Course

Personal Training Certification Prep Course with Exam Package

Our Personal Trainer course will help you learn the basic skills needed in the health and fitness industry. You'll learn how to design personal health and wellness programs, develop specific fitness programs for athletes and those with special health considerations, and suggest lifestyle modifications that promote overall health and wellbeing. Your online personal trainer courses will prepare you for the National Council on Strength and Fitness (NCSF) Certified Personal Trainer (CPT) Examination. National personal trainer certification of your skills can help you validate your knowledge of the fitness industry, build your credibility, and distinguish you within the field. Graduate in as few as 4 months.

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Lesson Group 1: Orientation: Ashworth College Career Program

Learning at Ashworth  

The goals and values of Ashworth College; time management; creating a realistic weekly and monthly study schedule; the nature and purpose of assessments; how to study effectively to prepare for and take an online examination; developing the skill sets necessary for success in the twenty-first century.

Introduction to Fitness, Nutrition, and Wellness Careers  

Introduction to career opportunities available in the fitness and exercise, sports psychology, massage therapy, and nutrition and wellness fields.

Lesson Group 2: Anatomy and Physiology for the Fitness Professional

Functional Anatomy  

Bone composition, growth, and health; joint classification, function, and care; skeletal muscle structure; biomechanical principles; internal and external forces affecting motion; body planes and directional terms; anatomy and physiology of the spine, pelvis, shoulder, elbow, wrist, hip, knee, ankle, and cardiovascular system.

Exercise Physiology  

Energy, thermodynamics, and ATP; glycolysis, lactate, aerobic metabolism, and protein catabolism; fuel utilization, muscle tissue, force production, and fatigue; muscle fibers and contractions; metabolic equivalents; lactate threshold training.

Lesson Group 3: Health Considerations, Nutrition, and Weight Management

Health and Fitness 

Genetic, environmental, and lifestyle factors that can impact health; the impact of cardiorespiratory fitness, muscular fitness, flexibility, and body composition on overall fitness level; five performance-related components of fitness; goal setting; national physical activity goals; risk factors and symptoms of coronary artery disease, diabetes, and obesity; methods of delaying or preventing physiological effects of aging.

Health Screening and Evaluation 

Benefits of pre-exercise screening and assessment; screening documents; evaluating assessment scores; factors that necessitate a medical referral; rationale for exercise testing; methods to improve test validity and reliability; common reasons for testing error; creating a needs analysis based on test scores.


Function of macronutrients and their impact on exercise; chemical structure of simple, complex, and processed carbohydrates; benefits of fiber; consumption of excessive sugar and its impact on society; determining carbohydrate needs for sedentary individuals, moderately active individuals, and competitive athletes; the importance of dietary fat; the relation of fat and disease risk; role of dietary protein; components of ideal pre- and post-exercise meals; role and function of vitamins, minerals, and antioxidants; Dietary Reference Intake (DRI) guidelines; understanding food labels.

Weight Management 

Potential health risks of being overweight and/or obese; physiological, social, economic, psychological, and emotional factors that contribute to the prevalence of overweight and obese populations; the energy balance equation; body fat distribution versus total body fat amount; the effects of very low-calorie dieting; weight-loss strategies for lasting results and optimum athletic performance; restrained-eating and binge-eating disorders.

Lesson Group 4: Training Techniques and Considerations

Exercise Prescription and Program Considerations  

Purpose and benefits of warm-up; basic functions of cool-down; energy system specificity; considerations for exercise selection and order; training frequency and duration; perceived training intensity; training volume; rest intervals and recovery periods; tracking progression; three principles of exercise; weightlifting and cardiovascular training systems; training methods for targeted goals.

Practical Training Techniques 

Training environments and program implementation; fitness program segments; stretching techniques; lactate threshold; maximal heart rate; training intensities for deconditioned and healthy populations; conditions that affect training outcomes; benefits of resistance training; hormonal responses to training; the effects of detraining.

Special Populations  

Training methods for those with obesity-related inflammation; exercise considerations and benefits for asthmatics; resistance training for diabetics; benefits of regular exercise during pregnancy; types of cardiovascular disease and related exercise considerations; safe programs for children and the elderly.

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Why choose Ashworth College career school to learn how to become a Personal Trainer?

  • Your program fully prepares you to take the National Council on Strength and Fitness (NCSF) Certified Personal Trainer (CPT) exam. Your exam fee is included as part of your program tuition, which means no additional cost to you!
  • You'll receive the NCSF Personal Training Certification Exam Plus package, which includes a textbook, course and lab manuals, online instructional videos and digital content, and a practice exam. These materials will help you assess your level of knowledge and increase your potential for passing the personal trainer certification exam.
  • Your customized personal trainer course lessons include fully illustrated exercise and training techniques designed to increase your understanding of common regimens and reinforce advanced concepts.

Personal Trainer Certification

Ashworth College partners with the National Council on Strength and Fitness (NCSF) to provide you with a valuable opportunity for professional personal trainer certification.

Why choose NCSF for your Personal Trainer certification?

  • The NCSF serves to establish, assess, and promote qualification standards for exercise professionals and foster a high level of professional competency and ethical practice to best serve public interest and safety. The NCSF is a founding member of the Coalition for the Registration of Exercise Professionals (CREP), a lead organization for the National Coalition for the Promotion of Physical Activity (NCPPA), and an active member in the Institute for Credentialing Excellence (ICE).
  • The NCSF Certified Personal Trainer (CPT) Exam is offered in over 1,000 test centers operating in 83 countries. The on-demand scheduling and test delivery means you take the test at a date, time, and location of your choosing. The certification exam is offered through Prometric, the leading worldwide provider of comprehensive, technology-based testing and assessment services. This provides you with full access to the latest testing technology, award-winning customer service, and flexible exam scheduling you'll experience only from a respected leader in personal trainer certification.
  • The NCSF offers customizable training solutions—including online or print training guides and practice assessments—that are designed to help you achieve and maintain your personal trainer certification.

Personal Trainer Certification Exam Requirements:

Certification exam prerequisites vary. Please check with the National Council on Strength and Fitness for their requirements.

State Requirements

A career in this field may require you to meet certain licensing, training, and other requirements that can vary by vocation and state. You should check with your state, local government and/or licensing board to find out which requirements may be applicable in your state. Click here for contact information on state licensing/regulatory boards and certain professional licensing information.

Our Personal Trainer Course

As part of Ashworth College's Personal Trainer course online, you'll learn how to design personal health, wellness, and exercise programs that address nutrition, body fitness, and lifestyle modifications.

Employers are looking for personal trainers who can:

  • Evaluate individuals' abilities, needs, and physical conditions and develop suitable training programs to meet any special requirements
  • Observe participants and inform them of corrective measures necessary for skill improvement
  • Teach proper breathing techniques used during physical exertion
  • Instruct participants in maintaining exertion levels to maximize benefits from exercise routines
  • Teach and demonstrate use of gymnastic and training equipment
  • Explain and enforce safety rules and regulations governing sports, recreational activities, and the use of exercise equipment
  • Provide students with information and resources regarding nutrition, weight control, and lifestyle issues
  • Administer emergency first aid, wrap injuries, treat minor chronic disabilities, or refer injured persons to physicians

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Your Personal Trainer Course Includes:

  • Customized online learning guides
  • National Council on Strength and Fitness Certification Exam Plus package (after graduation), which includes:
    • Advanced Concepts of Personal Training textbook, course manual, and lab manual
    • E-learning access to digital content and over 10 hours of video lectures
    • NCSF practice exam combo containing 300 practice exam questions and answer key
    • Free one-year NCSF professional membership
    • NCSF Certified Personal Trainer (CPT) Exam voucher (cost included in program tuition)
  • Online exams and assessments
  • Access to Academic Advisors
  • Access to a Learning Resource Center and Library via Proquest
  • Ability to track academic progress and manage account information via the student portal
  • Personalized Career Guidance
  • Ability to interact with peer students, faculty, and staff via Ashworth's Online Community

What certifications are available to become a Personal Trainer?

Ashworth College Personal Trainer career diploma program graduates are eligible to sit for the National Council on Strength and Fitness (NCSF) Certified Personal Trainer (CPT) certification exam.

Personal Trainer Certification Examination candidates must be at least 18 years of age, and possess a high school diploma or equivalent. Although not required, it is beneficial if you have a minimum level of practical experience working in the health and fitness field.

What features should I look for in the Ashworth College Personal Trainer course compared to other schools' programs?

It's important that the program you choose covers all of the material necessary to enable you to pursue entry-level employment and to prepare you for a national certification exam. Look for a personal training program that has lesson content that's focused on functional anatomy, exercise physiology, health screening and evaluation, nutrition, weight management, exercise prescription, and practical training techniques. A well-rounded personal trainer program includes coverage of injury prevention, care, and referral and program considerations for special populations.

Is this Personal Trainer course all online or do I get books?

The Personal Trainer program includes learning guides that are available online and as printed booklets. The NCSF Exam Plus package is shipped to students following the conclusion of the Ashworth program.

The Ashworth College online Personal Trainer course is a great fit for your future. Call 1-800-957-5412 or enroll online today.

*Certification Exam Requirements: Certification exam prerequisites vary. Please check with NCSF for their requirements.