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In partnership with ed2go, CSUSM Extended Learning offers an extensive catalog of affordable workforce training programs that you can complete 100% online and on your own schedule. Gain the skills and industry certifications you need to start or advance your career in high-demand fields. Learn from industry experts in a flexible, self-paced format and get personalized support from a dedicated student advisor. Enroll anytime and receive a certificate of completion from CSUSM Extended Learning after successfully completing your program. Some program fees include a voucher for the certification exam.

San Diego County is one of the best market for personal trainers, but a highly competitive one, nonetheless. Earning a certification from National Academy of Sports Medicine (NASM) can help you stand out in your personal training career. This fully online course will provide you with the health, fitness, nutrition and human movement knowledge needed to become a NASM Certified Personal Trainer (CPT).

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No Prerequisites

No prerequisites are required to sign up for this course, just register and get started

Go at your own pace

This is a self-paced, fully online course that can be completed on your schedule

Prepare for certification

This course prepares you to sit for the Certified Personal Trainer exam offered by the National Academy of Sports Medicine (NASM)

Join a growing field

The Bureau of Labor Statistics expects fitness trainer and instructor jobs to grow by 13% between now and 2028

Program Details

    Course Dates Registration

    NASM Certified Personal Trainer

    Start any time

    NASM Certification Prep Registration

    Course Details

    • Classes held online
    • Classes are self-paced and completed in 6 months or less
    • Program fee is $1,395
    • Learn from industry experts in a flexible, self-paced format 
    • Get personalized support from a dedicated student advisor

    Fee Includes

    • Voucher for the NASM Certified Personal Trainer (CPT) exam


    Please note: All rates are subject to change without notice.


    Course Objectives

    • Prepare to take and pass the National Academy of Sports Medicine (NASM) Certified Personal Trainer (CPT) exam
    • Master health and fitness topics, including nutrition, program design, human movement science, and fitness assessments
    • Learn and practice teaching, customer service, and first aid skills
    • Develop organizational and communication skills

    Course Topics

    • Introduction and Resistance Training Concepts
      • Physical activity guidelines as they relate to the Optimum Performance Training (OPT) model
    • Human Movement Assessments/Fitness Testing and Evaluation
      • Major muscles and their functions; subjective, objective and performance assessments
    • Concepts of Integrated Training - Flexibility, Cardiorespiratory and Core
      • Principles of human movement and flexibility; benefits of cardiorespiratory fitness and Proper exercise techniques
    • Concepts Of Integrated Training - Balance, Plyometric and SAQ
      • Training concepts, including balance, plyometric (reactive) and speed, agility, and quickness (SAQ)
    • Design of Fitness Programs and Modalities
      • Program design using the OPT model; acute training variables and exercise modalities
    • Human Movement Science/Exercise Modalities and Technique
      • Structure and function of the human body; functions of anatomy and physiology during exercise
    • Special Populations, Nutrition, and Professional Development
      • Program design adaptations for individuals with health impairments or physical conditions
    • Certification Exam Preparation
      • Test taking strategies, practice exam; review NASM's standards of professional practice as a professional fitness trainer
  • FAQ

    How do personal trainers help their clients?

    Personal trainers provide information, motivation and guidance for individuals and groups who want to maintain or improve their health. Personal trainers may address diet and nutrition, exercise and mental and emotional wellbeing as part of their regimes. Many personal trainers work with individual clients, while others affiliate with health-related organizations.

    Is certification important for a personal training career?

    Yes. Certification is extremely important due to the close working relationship with clients, their health and their physical abilities. This requires domain-expert knowledge as well as discretion and trustworthiness. Earning a certification such as the NASM's CPT indicates to clients, prospective employers and partners that a personal trainer meets the highest standards of quality and reliability.

    Where do personal trainers work?

    Personal trainers may work in private or public settings. Some work in clients' homes or private offices. Others are affiliated with health clubs, clinics or sports-related groups and facilities. Still others may work in hospitals, retirement communities or other group settings.

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    Please visit our military and veteran services page to learn how we can help.

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Personal trainers in the U.S. earn an average of $61,223 per year with the range between $44,190 and $75,214

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