Personal Trainer Certificate Program Information Session

Uploaded by TexasCIE on 16.08.2011

Welcome everyone! My name is Veronica. I know I've introduced myself to most of
you, but welcome. Thanks for coming in on a Saturday morning to get more information
about our course we're offering. We'll just get started with the slideshow. So ask questions,
it's more of a question and answer. I want to make sure you know as much as you need to know
about the course before registering.
So, want to be personal trainers, right?
We have a 29% increase in career demands
for the fitness industry. And they project that
its going up to 40% in 2012.
So that's good news for us. So our agenda
and the curriculum. So what is involved in the certification
Our registration, approvals,..
recognition. That type of thing.
Industry partners. So at the end of the ..after you've passed both
your practical and your written exam,
you will be required to do an internship. It's the only certification
the only personal training certification that offers that and requires it.
So, you can pick any of the listed organizations.
We're adding new partnerships everyday, so you can
get in with 24hr Fitness, do an internship, make contacts.
experience, before going out and getting hired.
So, I know there was some questions about
the certification. It's
is a certification on its own. Now we are recognized by
other certification boards.
Continuing Education credits as well.
And here's kind of our general set up.
So, 9-12 on Saturdays, we will have lecture in the classroom.
And for the first session, I know we will be here
in this building. And then from 12 to 1,
we'll have our lunch break on your own and then we will come back to do practical lab in the gym
from 1-4. So the gym will notify you of that when you sign up
for the course, what gym we'll be at. Five sessions, 3 hours
core knowledge. That's 15 hours total. Then we have our 5 sessions
3 hours practical skills, 15 hrs. You have your written and
practical exam and then a 30 hour internship.
Here's what we'll be learning. So, exciting stuff.
Definately needed in the Personal Training industry.
Our certification is different because we do this over 6 weeks, instead of in a weekend;
trying to cram your brain full of information that you have to memorize and then taking
a test. So we actually do it over a number of weeks
before the first week - first session - you'll need to
read 5 chapters. So we'll be going over that.
Day 1, practical and lecture. And that's going to be excercise
physiology, theory and assessment.
Week 2, Anatomy, BioMechanics,
Applied Kinesology. Kinesology is the study of movement.
And then our practical fitness testing and assessments.
Week 3, Nutritional Concepts. Flexibility
and practical lab. So in lab, we'll actually be going over
excercises you can do to increase flexiblity.
specific techniques. Week 4,
cardio respitory fitness, flexibility a special
populations. Strength, resistance training,
equipment and usage. Week 5
adherence, motivation, communication, injuries
law. Strength training,
program and design. And then Week 6, you'll have your practical
and written exam. So, I know the course I'm teaching
the lecture and the lab starts on July 30th, and goes through
August 27th, will be the 5th week. We'll have a break
for Labor Day weekend, and then you'll come back for the following week for your testing and certification.
Once you have taken that - passed both exams -
we'll work on getting you an internship and WITS actually helps you with that.
You can get in good with a gym
in this location or others. So we're national.
Let's see. Attendence. You must complete 24 hours
in class hours to sit for the exam. So that means you can
really only miss one day basically. 6 hours
per day, so. 100 questions multiple choice
practical and written. You need to do at least 70% to pass.
You will have to be CPR certified,
AAD, and that's not
included in this course. So that will be something you'll do on your own and we can always help you
find organizations to go and do that with. I know
I have a health care CPR certification, AED, it's like
25$ every year that I get recertified and it lasts for
- I think I do that every couple of years.
So, ... And it needs to be throught the American Heart Association.
[Question from Audience]
I don't know. I would have to check with our operations manager
and we'd have to look into seeing if you could make that up with another section.
But it would definately set you behind. So for instance, my
course is going to last July 30th through August 27th. The next course
doesn't start until October. So if you were to make it up,
you 'd have to make it up with that other course, when they hit that week.
So say, you missed week 3. You would have to wait to Week 3 to even have that option.
of taking another instructors course.
So, and I don't know if they allow that, but I could definately look into that
for you., any more questions on that?
[Question from the Audience]
The question was..if she fails the
writing portion or the lecture portion of the test,
can she retake it? And yes, you can. It's $50 to retake the exam
Either one. So, if you don't pass on the first time, it's definately not
over there. You can retake the exam for only $50 dollars.
And compared to most other Personal Training Certifications, that's
really cheap. Most certifications are $100 or more to take their exams
I know, just through my certification, I
paid like almost $300 dollars to take the exam, and if I didn't pass it, it would have been $150
after that. So, $50 is a really good price to retake
the exam. Alright..
So we all know how to register..Do you have any questions about that?
No? Okay. And also, so,..
Text books. You need to order your text book. We have
a student workbook, that I'll
after you have registered, you'll get on Day 1. I'll bring it to you, they send them to me
and I'll have them for you on Day 1. But as far as the textbooks,
you have to order this on your own. It's $81 dollars, you can order it online
once you've registered for the course, you should order this book and start reading.
You have 5 chapters to read before the first day, so..
I would do that as soon as possible.
Internships. You have to pass both exams.
It's 30 hour. You know that
we - you saw before, the slide before- the gyms that we're partnering with.
We have 24hr Fitness, Bali Fitness,
all across the country. So even if you are not planning on staying here in Austin, you would
have alternative options for your internship and we actually help you
get those internships. This is really, really,
important. Especially, in the fitness industry without any experience
without a degree in Exercise Science, this is going to be your best bet.
Because it's going to give you the knowledge you need over all.
Instead of cramming it in all at once, like I said, it's going to be over the six weeks
and then we're going to give you the experience. You are going to be able to
make connections with people and really prove yourself
with the internship.
Let's see. These are just some of the
benefits that we have: live instruction where you'll be here.
Small classes. We have at least.. we need at least six
to hold the course and we have a maximum of 20
per class. So, you are going to have live
instruction, you are going to be able to ask questions. You're going to
hands on practical skills, so actually going through the motions.
Course workbook, that's again what you'll receive
Day 1 when you come in. Study guides are
online, information we'll give you, review options are online as well.
Lowest reexam fees in the industry, like I said. Usually,
they are $100 plus. And then
intership placement assistance. So, that's really important, too.
Here are your exclusive
benefits as a graduate. Monthly newsletter,
I know just as a personal trainer, getting
as much information as I can and keeping up to date on the latest research
and knowledge that's out there is really important, so getting the monthly newsletter,
continuing education and certification courses that they offer.
Business liability insurance, they offer a discount here.
That can be pretty expensive. You are going to pay for it once a year and you can
go through a variety of organizations, but we actually offer you
a discounted rate. So.
Here are some of the certification courses we do offer.
So this will add to your personal training certification. When
you want to get CEC's in the future. So Continuing Education
Courses. So Weight Training,
Cardio Boxing, Flexibility. Those are just a few
on the list of options.
Here's some other certification
college credits that you can receive, too.
And that's it.
So, do you have any questions?
Okay. So the question
was: what is the potential income? And usually on average
you can make any where from, I think the average personal trainer makes $25
starting out and you can make up to, you know,
if you run your own business, $60 per training session.
Most personal training studios here in Austin
charge at least $60 per session
and you'll make a percentage of that.
So the question was: Does this certification allow you
or limit you to only teaching.. doing private personal
training with weights and cardio or would you be able to
group classes? And the answer is 'yes'. You can do group classes. You are not
limited to just private one on one sessions. And a lot of personal trainers
are doing that. Doing
group sessions. You can do as many as two or five.
You can do boot camps. Most boot camps here in Austin
require that you have a personal training certification. Now each
gym is different on what they require for you to teach a group excercise
class and certain group excercise classes do require
their own certification. So if we go back to
these guys, right? So,..
Cardio Kickboxing, for example. The gym that you want to teach at, you
would want to contact them and say, I want to teach Cardio Kickboxing, what certifications
do you require? And they might be like, oh, your personal training
you've been doing Cardio kickboxing for like 5 years now
and you have your personal training certification, we're fine with that. They might say
well, we want you to have a specific certification in that area.
Yoga instruction is very similar. So,
a lot of yoga instructors have to have a specific certification
for that. And then some gyms are like, no, you have a group excercise or you have a personal
training certification, that's fine. So, it all depends.
But you are definitely not limited.
So, the question was: do you have to renew your certification? And you do. You have to do it every
two years for this certification and most personal training
certifications that are out there - options for you - are every two years.
What's really great about this one, is that they don't require a whole lot of CECs.
So, that's usually where
financially,.. it becomes, well, of course you want to learn as much as you can,
but if you are continually having to pay for extra courses to keep up your certification,
it can be challenging. And I believe
in the back of your packet, it tells you. So,
where it says World Instructor training schools, 10 facts, line
10, how many you need. And it says you to
at least 10. So a lot of certification
require up to 45.
So,.. only 10.
And then it goes on to tell you more specifics about what you'll need.
And usually, you'll receive information in advance.
So you know along the way.
At.. Okay, so let me make sure I understand your question.
You.. after you finished this personal training course, and you are certified
and you take, say, Advanced Weight Training,
that will count towards that two years. So, once you are certified,
it.. the next two years after that, anything that you take
that we except for a Continuing Education Credit is going
to count. So, you can do it all in the same year.
Say, year one is when you take all your extra, you're excited
and your taking this course, and your like, I just wanted more knowledge. You go out and you take your Advanced Weight
Training, you take your Flexibility and Performance and you get your 10
and then the next year you don't take any more, you're covered.
So the question is:
do you need to have extra liability insurance
along with the gyms liability insurance and
the answer is it depends. But I can tell you most gyms
require personal trainers to have a liability insurance
even though they have their over all gym insurance
and they have the members sign a waiver and sign
forms like that to prevent any sort of
issues, but most personal trainers have their own liability insurance.
If you work on your own, if like your working as like a private contractor,
you're working through small personal training studios,
they are definitely going to require that you have a liability insurance. If you're doing boot camps
outdoor on your own, you are going to be required to have a liability insurance.
They vary. And I know
the World Instructor Training school
offers a discounted rate, but
anywhere from a $100 dollars and up.
Per year. Yeah.
You will need it before you're officially certified.
So, the completion of the
internship is when you receive your certification.
So, you have to pass both exams and then you start your internship.
And, it might be that the gym that you
partner up with, requires you to have that before you start internship.
But that might vary.
Definitely. Definitely, I
would probably do it before you start your internship, just
so, you've got it covered. So, that if the gym does require it
you can start as soon as possible and there's nothing holding you back, but
most CPR courses, I know they have them all over Austin,
and they are pretty regular, like, you know, every Saturday,
or something.
That's correct. The question was: with Continuing
Education Credits for the next two years after you are certified,
you receive 10 credits in that period of time
and then you apply for recertification. And so
they look at your 10 credits and they also look at
your recertification information and they say, yeah, you're good.
So, the question is: do you have to
do this six week period, this
higher training every 2 years and the answer is, no.
You do it once and as long as you keep up with your Continuing Education Credit
and do the registration paperwork and you submit before the deadline
and everyone will have a different deadline, of course, depending on when your certification
goes through, you're good. You don't have to retake
it. Now, if you pass that deadline, most personal training
certifications then default and they will either require that you
take the test again. So, it just depends, I'm not quite sure on
our policy, but if that was to happen, then we'd let you know.

It depends. It depends on what you do. There are a variety of ways
that you can get continuing education credits.
So, the question was, how many
how many
out of the 10 Continuing Education Credits, how many is
like Advanced Weight Training worth? And that might be
1 or .5. I'm not quite sure on how many
CEC's are for each course, but
they could be 1, 1.5, 2, it just depends on how long
the course is, what's required in that time frame, what
type of course it is. So, they vary.
Her quesiton was: Can it be online and in person?
And you can do both. Yes.
Okay, so the question was, can you take a package that would be
10 Continuing Education Credits all at once?
And I don't believe we have something out there like that.
I know that there are certain certifications that are more then others
so you might take
like a college course, and that might be worth more
then just a weekend workshop. If you took a semester of Exercise
Physiology or something to that effect. But it just
varies, and what'll you need to do is that when you are looking at taking
the Continuing Education Credits, you'll contact us and
make sure that it's an approved course, first, and how much
it's worth before you take it.
Okay, let me make sure I understand the question. So you are asking
for.. if you sign up for this course and you come to lecture day 1
do I expect you as a teacher, do I expect you as a student to
have a background in Exercise and Sports Science beforehand. And
the answers is no. You don't have to have a background.
You do need to read your book. Yes. Yes.
You need to read the 5 chapters and be prepared and ready to
just ready to learn and apply the
information you read and ask questions and just participate
but, it is a lot of information. But that's
what's really great about this personal training certification is that you have
6 weeks and then you have the internship, this is only one of
it's kind. Other personal training are going to try to slam this information in your head.
in like a weekend. Can you imagine?
How overwhelming that would be! This is
Yeah, mainly when that happens it's memorization and then you
take a test and then you are not prepared for anything. You know.
This is the book.
I know. So this is the book you'll be
purchasing. It's a lot of information all in one
but it's all.. I love Excercise and Sports Science, so I am so excited about
the book. I'm like yes!
I'm really excited to teach it.
even to get clients or to get a
job in the fitness industry, what certifications are
required? What looks good? What is going to be in your best
interest? And this is just a starting point. Personal training
is like your, you know, if you are wanting to do personal training, that's going to be your base certification
and then everything else on top of that you're going to be adding on.
Most clients don't really know a lot about certifications.
So, they are not going to be like, oh, he has this one or this certification or
this one is better than this one. What it is.. what's great about this
certification is that, you are going to have
all the inform.. you're going to have a good base of information, so
then you can work with special populations if you want to and you'll have an idea of
where you want to branch out. So, if you want to branch out into these other
certifications. Like, what if you want to work with older
adults or children? Or go into management? This
is going to be your base for that, and then you are going to add on to that.
So, you're never going to stop. Your going to continue to add on, you're going to want more knowledge.
If.. in order to be successful in this industry
you have to enjoy it, I think. You have to want
to learn about, you know, all the different areas
and how you can change your clients lives. I
love working with my clients, but everyone gives me a new challenge. So,
when your client comes in and is like, you know what, I was skiing
this weekend and I hurt my shoulder or I hurt my
knee and I still wanted to come in and work out, what are you going to be able to do for them?
You need to have a good base of knowledge on how to work muscles, biomechanics
applied kinesiology, to make
that happen for them. And so this is what this program is going to give you
and then you can add on all the other things that you want to.
That's whats going to get you clients. How you work one on one.
Referrals. Now as far as gyms go,
gyms require certain certifications and it's all about who you know, you know. Who you
impress. When you go in, do you have a personal training certification?
Do you have liability insurance? and you have experience. And this program is going to get you
you that. Because you are going to have that internship and you are going to meet people, you are going to have those
connections and you are going to be able to get in with the gym that way.
I think it depends.
I think it depends on the person, it depends on your schedule. It depends on the gym
that you set up, but that's definitely a question once you
start the internship.

It's possible. It's possible. I would have to check with our
operations manager to see in general how often people
do the program, do they do eight hours a day for
a few days and then are done with it or do they do a few hours a day?
The only problem I could see with doing a straight 8 hour day is that
you might not see all the different populations that you would want to work with, or see the
have as much experience. So it might be better to come in the morning on
one day to see the clients that come in the morning. You know, the different populations.
And then in the afternoon, and then.. so, it might be better to structure
your time differently so that you can get the most out of the internship.
Good question.
So, she asked, do we help you with internships? and
the placement of that. And we do. We definitely do, so it's not
like you have to go calling around and be like can I have an internship. We have people that
we partner with. After the internship,
it's up to you to get a job. Yeah.
But, the internship will definitely get your foot in the door at those
gyms, and so, making the most of your internship is really important
for job placement afterwards. There is
in the back of the packet a little reference letter from
one of our students who went with
Bali Total fitness and then actually got a job there
because she did her internship there. So, it tells a little bit about her experience.
So, it's making the most of your internship. Making connections.
Being able to show your stuff, get that experience,
and get them to hire you.
Okay, that's a good question. The question is can you
do your internship at different gyms? So maybe you want to do 10 hours
here and 10 hours there. And I actually don't have an answer for you. I
I would think that you would want to do it all at one place, so you
could make sure that you are getting the maximum experience at that place.
And then if I were you, I would look at other gyms if I was wanting to
look into the various gyms and find a place
that I thought would be best for me, that I would get the experience I needed to
to.. to go a direction that I
wanted to go with my career, and that you would want to stay at that
place, but I could definitely check into that for you.
The question was, once you have your certification,
your CPR certified, you're certified personal trainer with us,
can you work any where in the United States?
The answer is yes. You can work anywhere in the United States, but
again, it just depends on where you go and what certification
they really want to see. But this is a nationally recognized
certification. Okay, so
you're asking what personal training certifications
that Lifetime and Spectrum
require? And I don't know. I don't know what certifications
they require, but our certification is recognized by
as a personal training certificaiton, it shouldn't
be restricted. It shouldn't be restricted. You
They.. I would think that they would take
any nationally recognized
personal training certification, and we are one of those.
So, I don't think Lifetime, or the big
gyms for that matter, say we only take
this certificaiton for personal trainers or we only take this one.
But you can always call, you can always call. Check in
with a gym. Say, do you have any.. what, what do you require
your personal trainers to be certified? And they are probably just going to say they have to have a nationally
recognized certification.
Good question. Good question. So, the question is: when you do your internship
do you get assistance?
And the answer is yes. That's the internship. You'll actually
I think it talks more about it on this page here. But you'll actually
be assigned with someone, so it's not like you go out and you're trying to pick up clients
and work with people on your own. You'll actually observe
a personal trainer working with clients and then you'll actually
work with that client and they will observe you. So they are going to be watching you
It's going to be like that one on one experience. And I think it does
talk about that on the internship page. Yeah, so
required tasks to be completed by the end of the internship include
observe at least 2 client health and fitness assessments.
That's going to include,.. It could be body fat testing, it could be
cardiovascular assessment, it could be a strength assessment.
You are going to observe at least 3 client training sessions.
So you are going to watch a personal trainer work with their clients.
And see what they are doing, what techniques they are using. And you can ask questions.
Ask why they are doing that, why are they setting up the program for them in that way?
And they are going to be more then happy to help you. Conduct at least
one health and fitness assessment with supervision. They are going to watch you.
Then you are going to conduct at least 2 client training sessions, with supervision.
So, you are going to be supervised the entire time.
So the question is, is a degree required to be a personal trainer?
In most health clubs, fitness establishments,
and the answer is no. Most gyms do not require
a degree. There are degrees out there that
are in Excercise and Sport Science, Kinesiology, Biomechanics.
That obviously give you, you know,
at least two years of you know upper division course work that we're going to be reviewing in 6 weeks.
So, you're going to be getting,
the basics here. But, I'd say if you're interested,
in getting your degree, go for it. That's what I had my degree in, so I love
it. But, it's not required, no. Certification
is the only thing that is required.
It doesn't mean that certain possibly
private boot camps, I know here in Austin,
certain private boot camps require that you have a degree, a bachelors,
degree in Excercise and Sports Sceince or a related
discipline, but not all of them.
It's not required, so.
Well, it's going to be from 9-12, it's going to be lecture.
But then we are only going to have an hour break for lunch and then we'll be at the gym
so, I would dress in what you're going to wear to the gym.
Comfortable clothing that you would wear to the gym.
No, we will actually know that once you register.
But, we're still figuring that out.
She asked what gym we'd be using. We'll figure that
out, we'll let you know at registration.
Any other questions?
Well thank you all for coming. If you have any questions about registration let me know.
And we will get you set up and I hope I get to
see you all on July 30th, if you can make it.