Personal Trainer / Group Fitness Instructor Program

Career/Program Overview

RCTC offers two options for both Personal Trainer and Group Fitness Instructor. The Personal Trainer Diploma program will provide a broad foundation of knowledge to assist students to assess, design and prescribe individualized fitness training programs for clients, while the Group Fitness Instructor Certification program, explores teaching fitness in a class setting.  Both programs address the needs of assisting others for improving personal fitness and overall quality of life.


General core coursework will include, Essentials of Personal Training, Essentials of Strength and Conditioning, Methods of Group Fitness, Sport Psychology, Sport Nutrition for Performance, Lifetime Fitness, Prevention and Care of Athletic Injuries, CPR/AED training and an internship. Elective options allow students to choose from coursework in the areas of Recreation Program Leader, Boot Camp, Circuit Training, Strength Training for Men & Women, Body Toning, Jogging & Walking, Step Aerobics, Yoga, Tai Chi and PT/GF Exam Certification prep.

Program/Degree Options

Personal Trainer Diploma
Group Fitness Instructor Certificate
Related Field Programs
Sport Management  – Coaching

Program Start Date(s)

Students may begin coursework any semester. However, not all courses are offered every semester, so students are encouraged to meet with the program advisor to plan their coursework accordingly.

Career Opportunities/Information

RCTC’s Personal Trainer Diploma program will prepare students to work with individuals to assist them in improving their fitness levels, while the Group Fitness Instructor Certification program will prepare students to work in class settings to lead groups of clients in a variety of fitness-based activities. This coursework will expose students to the resources and professional networks that they will require to stay current in their profession over the length of their career.  PT/GFI opportunities are available in almost every community in our nation through programs offered at recreational venues, public/private fitness clubs, or as independent businesses.

Related areas find Personal Trainers working with team sports or individual athletes to improve sport specific skills at every level from youth recreational sports to interscholastic, intercollegiate, amateur and professional teams, whereas, Group Fitness Instructors can implement and lead programs for persons of all ages to meet all fitness needs in any classroom setting.


Rochester Community and Technical College is accredited by the Higher Learning Commission.  Students are exposed to the many certification options within this field and are trained and coached to succeed in the area they choose to certify with.  Some options include American Council on Exercise -ACE, National Federation of Personal Trainers – NFPT, National Strength and Conditioning Association – NSCA, American College of Sports Medicine – ACSM, National Academy of Sports Medicine – NASM.

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Gainful Employment

The U.S. Department of Education’s (USDE) gainful employment regulations require disclosure of certain program information for programs that lead to certificates or diplomas and are financial aid eligible.  The most current RCTC gainful employment information can be found at:  www.

Overview content updated: 2018-06-05