Personal Training Certificate

Westchester Community College is pleased to announce the addition of a new certificate in Personal Training, beginning this fall 2016!  Details are below.  The first step is to apply online to Westchester Community College and go to to get started! Learn about the steps for admission at

Division: School of Health Careers, Technology and Applied Learning
Academic Dept.: Health, Physical Education & Human Performance
HEGIS: 5299.30
Curriculum Chair: Dr. Richard F. Gennaro Jr.
Telephone: 914-606-7027

Program Description

This exciting two-semester program leads to a certificate in Personal Training. Personal Trainers are fitness professionals responsible for educating clients of all ages in multiple aspects of wellness including: exercise, general health, nutrition, and athletic performance. They work in a variety of fitness settings such as: public and private fitness centers, schools, adult centers and corporate wellness programs. According to the U.S. Department of Labor, the demand for Certified Personal Trainers makes it one of the fastest growing professions, with double-digit growth expected over the next decade.  The program is designed for students:

  • Who wish to enter the fitness industry
  • Who are non-certified personal trainers or fitness-industry professionals pursuing a valid personal trainer credential

Graduates of this program will be qualified to work as personal trainers or fitness instructors, and subsequently, may sit for the certification exam through the National Council on Strength and Fitness (NCSF).

  • The NCSF is dedicated to raising the bar in the fitness industry to protect the public while earning professional recognition for qualified exercise professionals as respected health providers.
  • The National Council on Strength & Fitness (NCSF) Certified Personal Trainer Credential has been reviewed and received accreditation by the National Commission for Certifying Agencies (NCCA), the accrediting board for the Institute for Credentialing Excellence.
  • 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)
    • An organizational sponsor for the Committee on Accreditation for the Exercise Sciences
    • An active member on the Institute for Credentialing Excellence (ICE)
  • Students who pass the NCSF examination with a minimum score of 58% will receive the professional credential: Certified Personal Trainer (NCSF-CPT)

The core of the curriculum consists of: Personal Training, Personal Training Internship, Nutrition, and Health & Fitness for Life. The life sciences courses, Anatomy and Physiology, and Exercise Physiology, give students a practical and functional understanding of the effect of exercise on the human body. Coursework in communications, business, psychology and mathematics, help prepare students for the diverse situations they may encounter as entrepreneurs or workers in the fitness industry.

Program Learning Outcomes

  1. Demonstrate competency in essential personal training skills:
    • Selection of appropriate clients
    • Conduct professional client interview
    • Analyze/identify nutritional needs and energy balance requirements
    • Conduct physical assessment to include: body composition analysis, nutritional analysis, biomechanical analysis and baseline aerobic & anaerobic testing
    • Create and implement safe, goal-specific, effective exercise programs for multiple populations (special, masters, youth, gender-specific)
  2. Demonstrate business & communication skills necessary to work in a variety of fitness/wellness settings 

Program of Study

  1. Health & Physical Education
    • HHP200 – Exercise Physiology* OR
      • MGT103 – Entrepreneurship** AND PEH – 216 – Aerobic Exercise **/***
    • PEC110 – Health & Fitness for Life
    • NUTR101 – Nutrition
    • PEH 116 – First Aid/CPR/AED
    • HHP101 – Personal Training
    • HHP102 – Personal Training Internship
    • HHP120 – Introduction to Trends in Fitness & Human Performance.
    • PEH 218 – Exercise and Conditioning OR
    • PEH109 – Lifeguard Training OR
    • PEC 158 – Introduction to PE Activities
  2. Natural Sciences
    • BIOL 121 – Anatomy and Physiology 1 (and Lab)
  3. Basic Communication
    • ENG 101 – Writing and Research
    • COMM 109 – Speech Communication
  4. Mathematics
    • MATH 117 – College Quantitative Reasoning
    • MATH 130 – College Algebra: Functions & Models **
  5. Social Sciences
    • PSYCH 101 – General Psychology


*        Recommended for students planning on working in an existing facility

**      Recommended for students planning on owning & operating their own business or fitness facility

***   Elective only for students taking MGT103

Minimum Total Credits – 32