About the Fitness Instructor Training Certificate

The Fitness Instructor Training Certificate prepares you for a career in personal training, exercise training, strength and conditioning, or life coaching if you do not wish to pursue a two-year Associate's degree in Health Fitness Education and/or you already have a degree and wish to get certified as a personal trainer in one year's time.

You'll study material from the American College of Sports Medicine (ACSM), the National Strength and Conditioning Association (NSCA), the National Academy of Sports Medicine (NASM), and other national governing bodies so that as you complete your coursework, you'll be preparing for your choice of national certifications. The majority of our students successfully complete one or more of these certifications by the time their coursework is finished. In fact, 90 to 100% of our students successfully pass a national certification exam.

All of the courses in your Fitness Instructor Training Certificate can be applied toward your Health and Fitness Education AAS.

Total Cost of Fitness Instructor Training Certificate

(in-district) Total Amount: $4,275.00

Credit Hours to Complete: 28

Weeks to Complete: 32

HFE Degree and Certificate Requirements

Fitness Instructor Training Certificate Gainful Employment Disclosure Data

What makes MCC's Fitness Instructor Training Certificate program better than or distinct from similar programs at other institutions?

MCC offers you a unique training opportunity to work with individuals with physical and mental challenges through our relationship with Northern Illinois Special Recreation Association (NISRA) and Special Education District of McHenry County (SEDOM).

What you need to know about getting your Fitness Instructor Training Certificate (CIP 31.0501 )

Total Fitness Instructor Training Certificate Costs
  in-district out-of-district out-of-state international
Tuition $3,080.00 $10,840.00 $13,158.00 $13,158.00
Additional Fitness Instructor Training Certificate Costs $1,195.00 $1,195.00 $1,195.00 $1,195.00
Program Total $4,275.00 $12,035.00 $14,353.00 $14,353.00


What job opportunities are available to someone with a Fitness Instructor Training Certificate?

  • Personal Trainers
  • Fitness Specialist
  • Exercise Technician
  • Sports Trainer
Occupations that Fitness Instructor Training Certificate prepares you for
Occupation and Occupational Profile Link SOC Code
Athletes and Sports Competitors 27-2021
Coaches and Scouts 27-2022
Fitness Trainers and Aerobics Instructors 39-9031
Recreation and Fitness Studies Teachers, Postsecondary 25-1193

How will MCC's Fitness Instructor Training Certificate program prepare me for my career or connect me to opportunities?

We work with local employers who serve as fieldwork sites. Many employers hire our students at the completion of their fieldwork internships.

By the Numbers:

  • Salary ranges*:
    • Personal Trainer: $30,000 to $100,000
    • Fitness Specialist: $30,000 to $45,000
    • Sports Trainer: $30,000.00 to $80,000
    • Exercise Technician: $30,000 to $40,000
  • Projected outlook for growth: predictions of 13% over the next 10 years, Illinois has one of the highest employment rates.

*We're noticing a trend among employers to offer full-time benefits to individuals who possess an associate’s degree or higher.

What have graduates gone on to do?

Some of our students have been hired by area fitness centers/training facilities such as: Good Shepherd/Advocate, Barrington Park District, Dave Davis Speed Center, Centegra Health Systems and Del Webb Sun City.

Outside of the Classroom

  • Learn through hand-on experience in our on-site Fitness Center and during your fieldwork internship


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