Personal Trainer, Certificate of Achievement

This is a draft edition of the 2019-20 catalog. Go to MyTMCC for course descriptions and prerequisites in effect for the Fall registration cycle.

This comprehensive program covers safe and effective exercise, fitness testing and analysis, body mechanics, wellness fundamentals, proper nutrition, and more to provide you with a strong foundation that prepares you to become a certified personal trainer with your choice of national certification agencies.


Students completing this program will:

  • Apply skills and knowledge of safe and effective personal training fundamentals and techniques.
  • Meet all requirements to become certified personal trainers.

Gainful Employment

While all of the educational programs at Truckee Meadows Community College are designed to lead to either employment or transfer, the Department of Education requires that we provide information on specific certificate programs. More information on Gainful Employment is available on the TMCC website. We hope this information is helpful to you as you make your career and educational choices.

See program costs.

Certificates of Achievement are a set of courses that can serve as a stepping stone to an associate degree or allow students to enter the workforce.  Certificates of Achievement have a general education component.

To earn a Certificate of Achievement, students must:

  1. Maintain a minimum cumulative GPA of 2.0 (see requirements for graduation.)
  2. Complete a minimum of 15 semester credit hours within the college.
  3. Satisfy General Education requirements for the AAS.
  4. Have no financial or library obligation to the college.
General Education Requirements
Workplace Communications
Educational, Career, and Personal Development
Business Calculations and Methods
Business Machines
Fundamentals of College Mathematics (or higher)
Human Relations3
Leadership and Human Relations
Educational, Career, and Personal Development 1
Program Requirements
NUTR 121Human Nutrition3
PEX 174Fitness Principles and Practices2
PTR 100Introduction to Personal Training3
PTR 120Techniques of Teaching Weight Training1
PTR 202Anatomy and Physiology I for Massage and Fitness Professionals4
PTR 205Fitness Analysis and Application3
PTR 208Anatomy and Physiology II for Massage and Fitness Professionals4
PTR 210Kinesiology for Massage and Fitness Professionals3
PTR 250Personal Training Practicum2
PEX Electives2
Total Units36
Plan of Study Grid
1st semesterUnits
PTR 100 Introduction to Personal Training 3
PTR 202 Anatomy and Physiology I for Massage and Fitness Professionals 4
PEX 174 Fitness Principles and Practices 2
Communications 3
Mathematics 3
 Semester Total15
2nd semester
NUTR 121 Human Nutrition 3
PTR 120 Techniques of Teaching Weight Training 1
PTR 205 Fitness Analysis and Application 3
PTR 208 Anatomy and Physiology II for Massage and Fitness Professionals 4
PEX Elective 1
Human Relations 3
 Semester Total15
3rd semester
PTR 210 Kinesiology for Massage and Fitness Professionals 3
PTR 250 Personal Training Practicum 2
PEX Elective 1
 Semester Total6
 Total Units36