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Personal Trainer Certificate (0022)

Personal Trainer Certificate: Non-Credit  (0022)

Do you have a strong love for exercise? Are you motivated by helping others with their personal health? Our 316-hour, 20-week program will prepare you to turn that passion into a career and earn more than $20,000 annually.


What can I do with this in the workforce?  

Personal trainers instruct and motivate individuals or groups in exercise activities, general health and nutrition.

With a certificate, you are able to obtain employment in:

  • Country clubs
  • Fitness or recreation centers
  • Gyms
  • Health clubs
  • Hospitals
  • Pilates studios
  • Resorts
  • Universities
  • Yoga & Pilate's studios


What is the average salary?

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What is HACC’s program like? 

Our program is designed so you can complete it in three months or 150 hours. Classes are held face-to-face as well as online.

We will prepare you to:

  • Identify the key elements of how the body reacts and adapts to exercise
  • Identify the role that vitamins and minerals play in health and performance
  • Demonstrate knowledge of basic human anatomy, physiology, biomechanics and nutrition
  • Develop communication and coaching skills
  • Conduct and interpret fitness assessments for each component of physical fitness - energy balance in weight management, body composition and performance
  • Discuss and design interventions for clients using relevant behavior modifications
  • Develop appropriate exercise programs within their scope of practice
  • Sit for the American College of Sports Medicine (ACSM) Certified Personal Trainer (CPT) exam

Additionally, you have the option to complete a seven-week internship at a local fitness center.

Funding may be available for Workforce Innovation and Opportunity Act (WIOA) and VA participants.


 What classes will I take?

  • View summaries of every course at HACC by browsing our class schedules database.
  • Review our program guide (pdf) to view a list of required courses, recommended course sequencing and program competencies.


Can I transfer my credits to a four-year college or university?

Our program is designed to lead you directly into the workforce. However, opportunities are available for you to continue your education and earn an associate degree at HACC once you've completed the certificate. When you complete your associate degree, you can transfer credits to a four-year school.


Where can I complete this program?

Classes are conducted twice a week with eight hours of study through Virtual Learning. This program is offered at the Harrisburg Campus and at York Barbell, 3300 Board Rd, York, PA 17404.


Does HACC offer scholarships?

Yes! Through the HACC Foundation, there are scholarships available. Please visit for details and deadlines.


When can I apply?

Please contact us using the information below to learn when to apply. The dates and times of the classes are based on location.


How can I learn more?

We are passionate about providing a high-quality education and an opportunity for you to pursue your goals. Please contact Nina Kottcamp at 717-221-1386 for more information.