Personal/Fitness Trainer


This short-term certificate program will prepare students for careers as personal fitness trainers to meet the growing demand as individuals seek to improve their health and employers recognize the benefits of health and fitness programs for their employees.

Scholarships available – and one might have your name on it

Along with classroom lecture in principles of exercise and nurtrition, students will work the floor of the ICC fitness Center during their final semester, where they will design workouts, perform exercise testing, and lead group fitness classes.

A Quality Education

Upon successful completion, students will be able to sit for the American Council on Exercise (ACE) or National Conference of Fitness (NCF) personal trainer exam.

Get Involved

Network with other students through ICC student organizations including Rotaract, the Student Government Association, and Phi Theta Kappa Honor Society.

Career Opportunities

Personal Trainer, Exercise Instructor, Aerobics Instructor, Fitness Trainer, Athletic Trainer


12 Months

if Full Time

2 Semesters14 Total Credit Hours

What if I attend part-time?

Our Student Success Advisors help with an academic plan that works for you.



+ supplies & fees

Based on 2024-25

What financial assistance can I receive?

Find the plan right for you by connecting with our Financial Aid office.


15 Students

average per class

Small class sizes mean more individual attention and a higher rate of success.

View the College Catalog to see a complete list of classes for this program.

Meet Our Students and Alumni

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The Personal/Fitness Trainer Certificate is appropriate for community members who have an interest in teaching others how to lead healthy and active lives.

Brett Kelley, Coordinator, Physical Education & Fitness
Let’s Get Started ▸

How Do I Get Into the Personal/Fitness Trainer Program?

Turn you interest in health and wellness into a career as a personal trainer. Connect with an Admissions representative to learn how to get started.

  1. Complete our quick admissions application. It’s free and easy!
  2. Apply for financial aid (FAFSA).
  3. Apply for ICC Scholarships. Just 1 application for over 700 scholarships.
  4. Being physically fit, flexible, and having stamina are essential for a career as a personal trainer.
  5. Excellent communication skills and people skills are also needed to work with various clients.

What Can I Expect As A Personal/Fitness Trainer Student?

How Am I Going to Manage This?


Edwards Library / Administration Building » L220C
East Peoria Campus
Mon-Thur: 8 am – 4:30 pm
Fri: 8 am – 2 pm