Continuing Education for Health Professions
Continuing Education for Health Professions
Continuing Education for Health Professions
Continuing Education for Health Professions
Continuing Education for Health Professions


Continuing Education for Healthcare Professions

Personal Fitness Training

Prepare for ACE Certification

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Online Professional Certificates in Exercise, Health, and Nutrition are a collaboration between industry experts, instructors, internship affiliates, board members, and national organizations.  These innovative, Web-based certificate programs provide an interactive educational experience that will allow students from around the world to fit courses into their busy work and home schedules, go on-line wherever they are, and complete the certificates and optional internship course assignments within five months depending on the certificate program, or up to two years if necessary.

According to the U.S. Department of Labor’s Bureau publication Occupational Outlook Handbook, overall employment for fitness professionals is expected to increase 44% from 2002 to 2012.

Who Should Attend?

  • Fitness professionals from all fields
  • Individuals seeking a new career as a health/fitness professional
  • Allied health and medical professionals including physical therapists, RD's, athletic trainers, nurses, physicians, chiropractors, and wellness consultants seeking advanced education, CECs/CEUs, or new career opportunities
  • Companies that require the certificate programs as a professional development program for employees to achieve key business goals, career objectives, and skills to advance beyond entry-level positions

Earning Your Certificate

To earn a certificate you must:

  • Complete all required core courses for the certificate program within a period of two years
  • Receive a passing grade of (C- or above) in all courses:  which includes quizzes, exams, written/research projects, and class assignments

Certificate Program Benefits

Program Coordinators - Our certificate program coordinators are leading experts, national presenters, and instructors in the health and fitness industry that will support their students and will serve as valuable resources and mentors.

Instructor Guidance – You benefit from ongoing guidance, instruction, and interaction from instructors who hold either a master's or doctoral degree in exercise physiology, kinesiology, biomechanics, physical therapy, nutrition, or other exercise science related fields. 

Obtain Continuing Education Credits/Units (CEC’s/CEU’s) - Courses will provide advanced education and CEC's or CEU's, for personal trainers, group fitness instructors, physical therapists, RD's, athletic trainers, nurses, and chiropractors seeking recertification or career advancement.

Practical Field Internship Elective Course - One of the unique benefits of several of our certificate programs is the opportunity for you to practice your skills in a health and fitness setting through an optional field internship course.


A Complete Learning Experience - Courses are designed to enhance interaction between instructors and students. Chat rooms, discussion questions, email, and the phone are used to facilitate discussions. Courses may include the use of supplemental materials such as video/audio tapes, DVDs, and CDs.  Team and individual projects and small group discussions are used to help students share their teaching, educational, and professional experiences with each other as part of the learning process.

National Organizations – Many of the nation’s leading health and fitness organizations have partnered to provide students with educational, membership, and national certification exam opportunities.  The following national organizations are our partners: the American Council of Exercise (ACE), the International Council on Active Aging (ICAA), Healthy Moms Fitness, Health Club Managers, IDEA Health and Fitness Association, and the Women’s Health Organization.


Why Online Learning?

  • Learning occurs in a user-friendly environment and is accessible to participants with little or no computer experience.
  • Online courses give you the knowledge and tools you need to stay ahead in today’s rapidly changing professional marketplace.
  • Online education allows you to access your courses from anywhere there is an Internet connection even if you are traveling for business or on vacation.
  • Flexibility: You can attend class in the comfort and convenience of your own home, office, library, or Internet café and complete assignments at a time that is convenient for you.
  • Cost-effective: Expenses related to facilities, travel, and non-productive time is reduced. 

Continuing Education Credits/Units

The following National Organizations/Associations have approved the online certificate programs/courses for Continuing Education Credits/Units (CECs/CEUs):

  • 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 in Personal Fitness Training Course for 60 CPEUs  In addition, the Nutrition program has been approved for 120 Continuing Professional Education Units (CPEUs)/ or 30 (CPEUs) per course for both Registered Dietitian (RDs) and Dietetic Technician-Registered (DTRs).
  • The American Senior Fitness Association (SFA) has approved each course in every program for 2.0 CEUs.
  • The National Federation of Professional Trainers (NFPT) has approved each course in every program for 1 CEC, equivalent to an entire 6 month CEC requirement.


Enrollment and Registration

There are no prerequisite requirements for admission into the certificate programs.  Courses are 5 to 6 weeks in length and are offered year-round, in the Fall, Spring, and Summer semester.  Courses may be taken individually if desired. 

VERY IMPORTANT:  Structure and Start Dates
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.

MODULE I: Anatomy & Kinesiology and Exercise Physiology

MODULE II: Health Risk Profiles, Business Administration

MODULE III: Designing Exercise Prescriptions

You are not required to take course in any order; however, it is highly recommended that you begin with two courses in MODULE I.  You may also register for individual courses if desired. The three-module series is offered three times per year in the fall, spring, and summer. The program can be completed in as little as five months but you must complete the requirements within two-years.

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.

More Information About Our Content and Instructional Partner

Ken Baldwin, M.ED., is the Program Coordinator and an instructor for the Professional Certificate in Personal Fitness Training Program. He is the former Chair of IDEA's National Personal Trainer Committee and Chair of the Senior Fitness Subcommittee for the Massachusetts's Governor's Committee on Physical Fitness and Sports. Ken is the Co-Editor and lead author for ACSM's Resources for the Personal Trainer Manual (2 nd Ed.) and textbook. He continues to serve on national committees for ACSM, AAHPERD (AAPAR), and the MFA. He has been honored with numerous awards including IDEA's Personal Trainer of the Year Award, presented at the IDEA International Personal Training Summit.

Ken Baldwin, M.ED

Program Coordinator
Professional Certificate in Personal Fitness Training
IDEA Personal Trainer of Year Award Winner

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