ONLINE PROFESSIONAL CERTIFICATE
The Online Professional Certificate in Personal Fitness Training (PFT) is a collaboration between Stony Brook University, the College-University Partners Network™, industry experts, internship affiliates, a board of advisors, and national organizations. This interactive, comprehensive Web-based certificate program with an optional field internship elective course will allow students from around the world to fit courses into their busy work and home schedules, go online wherever they are, and complete the certificate within five months or have up to two-years if necessary.
Content and curriculum within each course in the program is designed to present the student with the knowledge, skills, and abilities to implement a unique medically-based fitness model for their future or current clients. Students will learn how to apply their client’s health history, goals, and abilities integrating exercise science curriculum and practical training techniques into a systematic model that teaches students to progress their clients through different training levels and phases.
Who Should Attend
The Certificate program is designed to supply essential educational pathways and career opportunities for:
According to the U.S. Department of Labor’s Bureau publication Occupational Outlook Handbook, overall employment for personal trainers is expected to increase 44% from 2002 to 2012.
Workplace Advantages and Benefits
The program is offered in partnership with the American Council on Exercise® (ACE), IDEA Health & Fitness Association, and Personal Fitness Professional (PFP). ACE provides graduating certificate students a preferred discount on the ACE Personal Training Certification Exam and study materials. IDEA has provided content/curriculum in the program; in addition, students receive a complimentary 6-month membership to the digital edition of IDEA Fitness Journal. PFP is providing students with a 3-year free subscription, which includes 8 print issues per year, a bi-monthly e-newsletter, access to their digital magazine and an interactive website with blogs, polls, articles and much more.
Continuing Education Credits
The Commission on Dietetic Registration (CDR), the credentialing agency for the American Dietetic Association (ADA), has approved the Certificate in Personal Training program for 150 Continuing Professional Education Units (CPEUs), the Advanced Certificate program for 90 CPEUs, and the Optional Field Internship Course for 60 CPEUs for both Registered Dietitian (RDs) and Dietetic Technician-Registered (DTRs).
To earn the certificate you are required to complete all five core courses. You may also elect to take the optional field internship course. The five core courses plus the optional field internship are offered in a three-module format; each module consists of two courses that are offered simultaneously. You are not required to take the courses in any order; however it is highly recommended that you begin with the two courses in module 1: (Introduction to Exercise Science, Level I and Level II). You may also register for individual courses if desired. The three-module series is offered on a rolling basis. The program can be completed in as little as five months but you must complete the requirements within two-years.
Students may also elect to register for the advanced certificate program courses. Students that have completed the core certificate may then register for the advanced certificate which requires three additional courses. The advanced certificate is designed for students interested in furthering their personal training education by incorporating specialized resistance training, functional movements, and nutritional programs for their clients in partnership with RDs.
Award of Certificates:
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