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Personal Training and Fitness

Career Studies Certificate

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Get into the game with a career in personal fitness and training

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Fitness training jobs are projected to grow 13 percent from 2012 to 2022. If you have a passion for exercise, you can make a difference by helping others be physically fit, an integral component to a healthy lifestyle.

Tidewater Community College’s Career Studies Certificate in Personal Fitness and Training will give you the skills to be a personal fitness trainer who can lead, instruct and motivate others to improve their cardiovascular fitness and strength. You will work with people of all ages and skill levels. 

The TCC program is based on the standards of American Council on Exercise (ACE) and prepares you for a career in the fitness industry as a personal trainer working with clients from school-age children to senior citizens.

You'll receive extensive training in anatomy, weight lifting, nutrition, health, communication and marketing in this program.

Certify your skills

Gain valuable industry credentials! Course work for this program qualifies students to sit for one or more exams administered by the American Council on Exercise and the American College of Sports Medicine

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What does this program cost?

TCC's Personal Training and Fitness Career Studies Certificate consists of 2 semesters of study, with classes offered on all four campuses.

Estimated Program Cost*:
24 credits x $185.35 per credit = $4,448.40 (not including textbooks and supplies)
*Based on Fall 2018 in-state tuition. Your actual cost may differ.

Please note: The cost does not include fees for the American Council on Exercise or the American College of Sports Medicine credential exams.

Where can you go?

You can find employment working in gyms, training centers or clients’ homes following completion of the certificate program.

Is this program for you?

Yes, if you:

  • have a passion for fitness and health
  • enjoy working out
  • enjoy motivating others 
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Veterans, transitioning military, spouses and dependents: TCC’s Center for Military and Veterans Education provides academic guidance and help in maximizing your GI Bill® and other educational benefits.

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Tuition assistance such as financial aid, scholarships, work-study, grants and loans can help you save money and reduce college debt.

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Finish this program in as few as 2 semesters

Includes certification in cardiopulmonary resuscitation (CPR)

Earn your ACE certification upon completion of the program

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TCC’s personal fitness and training certificate will get your career moving


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* Salary estimate is provided for comparison purposes only and doesn’t constitute a promise of employment or earnings. Salaries were calculated based on related job codes and U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics data.