Campus Recreational Services offers a fitness training program for students, faculty/staff, and community members that are interested in becoming a personal trainer and/or group fitness instructor. The Fitness Trainer Course is a preparation course, designed to prepare participants for nationally accredited certification exams to become a certified personal trainer or group fitness instructor. This preparatory course aligns with The American Council on Exercise (ACE) curriculum. No previous experience required.

The Fitness Trainer Course lasts 12-weeks, consisting of 30+ hours of both academic-based and hands-on training. Program topics include but not limited to:

  • Basic Anatomy
  • Fundamentals of Kinesiology and Biomechanics
  • Progressions
  • Safety and Cueing
  • Injury Prevention
  • Risk Management
  • Specialty class instruction

At the conclusion of the academic-based portion of the course, trainees will complete a written exam to assess learning outcomes.

Course Dates

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Cost and Location

  • NSHE Students (UNLV, CSN): $50
  • Faculty/Staff and Community Members: $200

Student Recreation and Wellness Center Meeting Rooms (Across from Student Health Center)

Course Options

Become a Personal Trainer

In addition to the basic fundamentals discussed above, the Personal Trainer option includes information related to HIPAA, legalities in the health and fitness industry, and motivational theory. Trainees will learn practical skills that include fitness assessments based on the five components of fitness, exercise program design, and small group training. Trainees will receive and train a mock client for five personal training sessions.

Become a Group Fitness Instructor

In addition to the basic fundamentals discussed above, the Group Fitness Instructor option includes applied, practical understanding of the key concepts within group fitness. Trainees will learn practical skills to instruct various class types including: strength, mind/body, dance, and HIIT. Each trainee will have the option to choose their preferred class type. Trainees will be matched with a veteran instructor in the Group Fitness program in order to shadow and apply the academic and hands-on skills needed to instruct a class.

Reasons to Become a Personal Trainer or Group Fitness Instructor

  • Educate people on how to live a healthier lifestyle.
  • Make your own lifestyle into a career, or supplement your current income with something you enjoy.
  • Educate and demonstrate to people what the body is capable of.
  • Make a positive impact on people's’ lives.

Contact Information

Cindy Engle

Program Coordinator for Fitness

Mackenta Vincent

Program Coordinator for Group Fitness