Personal Fitness Trainer Certificate (PFTC)

Personal Fitness Trainer Certificate (PFTC)

The Personal Fitness Trainer Certificate prepares students to develop safe fitness programs focused on health maintenance for healthy individuals.

Graduates may be employed by health clubs, fitness centers, or wellness centers. Job activities may include fitness testing, identifying risk factors, conducting individual and group exercise programs, counseling clients in behavior modification, and designing individualized fitness programs.

Graduates are prepared to take the American Council on Exercise (ACE) Certified Personal Trainer exam.

For more information, please contact the Health and Public Safety Division at (513) 569-1670.

To apply for this program at Cincinnati State, visit the Admissions section of the College website.

Personal Fitness Trainer Certificate (PFTC)

Program Prerequisites: ENG 085 and MAT 093 (minimum grade of C for both) or appropriate placement scores, and meet with Program Chair.

First Year
Semester 1LecLabCredits
FYE 1XX First Year Experience Elective  101
EXS 130Foundations of Health and Wellness Programs 223
EXS 151Principles of Exercise Assessment and Prescription 223
DT 120Nutrition for a Healthy Lifestyle 303
EMS 100CPR and First Aid for the Health Care Professional 101
ENG 101English Composition 1 303
Semester 2  
EXS 152Exercise Programming 223
EXS 156Establishing a Personal Training Business 303
EXS 182Personal Fitness Trainer Practicum 172
EXS 255Anatomical Kinesiology 303
PE 132Resistance and Cardiorespiratory Training 021
COMM 1XX Communications Elective  303
Total Credits:  241529


First Year Experience Elective
FYE 100College Success Strategies: Overview1
FYE 105College Success Strategies: Overview and Application2
FYE 110College Success Strategies: Practice and Application3
Communication Elective
COMM 105Interpersonal Communication3
COMM 110Public Speaking3

Some courses are offered in alternative versions identified with a letter after the course number-- for example, ENG 101 and ENG 101A.

  • This curriculum displays only course numbers without the added letter.
  • The alternative version, when available, meets the requirements of the course version without the added letter.


Program Chair/Advisor

Melinda (Mindy) Piles, MEd, ACSM EP-C, CPT

Health and Public Safety Division Advising

(513) 569-1670