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Shape a Career in Personal Training through Notre Dame College’s Saturday Certification Course

Jobs in the fitness industry are growing fast, and Notre Dame College is offering a certification course on Saturdays to quickly and conveniently prepare students and professionals for careers as personal trainers.

The Notre Dame personal trainer certification course meets four hours each Saturday beginning October 12 and continuing through December 7, with a week off November 30 for the Thanksgiving holiday.

Employment for fitness and personal trainers is expected to grow about 25 percent through 2020, faster than the employment for all occupations, according to the National Bureau of Labor Statistics. Certified personal trainers can earn $15 to $25 per hour or more, depending on where they work.

“Positions in personal training are some of the most sought-after and available, and not just as full-time occupations. The potential for part-time work in the field to supplement other career income is also significant,” said Tina Jurcisin in the Office of Professional Development at the College.

Each Saturday session in the Notre Dame course starts at 9 a.m. with two hours of classroom instruction and continues─after an early, one-hour lunch break─at noon with two hours of hands-on learning.

Total tuition for the nine meetings is $789 and must be paid in full at the time of registration. Currently, students cannot use financial aid packages for payment.

“Notre Dame launched this program last year and received positive feedback, so we wanted to offer it again─not only because of the employment outlook for personal trainers but also because the time commitment and price of this course make it a very attainable goal,” Jurcisin said.

The personal training certification program, provided by World Instructor Training Schools (W.I.T.S.) in collaboration with Notre Dame’s Office of Professional Development, incorporates study and testing in areas like biomechanics and exercise physiology with practical training in equipment usage and health assessment, among other fitness instruction and education. 

In addition to the classes, candidates must complete CPR (cardiopulmonary resuscitation) and AED (automated external defibrillators) training and a 30-hour internship within 12 months following the conclusion of the course to acquire the certification.

To learn more about the course, contact Jurcisin in the Notre Dame Office of Professional Development at tjurcisin@ndc.edu or 216.373.6520. Or register online today.

W.I.T.S. is an affiliate of the National Board of Fitness Examiners (NBFE) and approved by the Board of Certification for athletic trainers, as well as for the American Occupational Therapy Association (AOTA), the Board of Certification (BOC) for athletic trainers and the National Board of Massage Therapy & Body Works (NBMTB).