In order to take the American College of Sports Medicine (ACSM) certification exam and become a certified personal trainer, students must be at least 18 years of age, have a high school diploma or equivalent and current adult CPR certification that has a practical skills exam component, such as those offered by Central Oregon Community College, American Heart Association or American Red Cross). In order to best prepare for ACSM certification and gain an expanded knowledge of fitness areas, COCC recommends that students pursue the Associate of Arts in Exercise Science degree. However, the following coursework will also give students the basic knowledge needed to sit for the exam.
For details and requirements see: Personal Trainer program insert.
Students are encouraged to work closely with a Health & Human Performance advisor prior to taking the certification exam in order to determine the best course of study and preparation plan, as well as review exam requirements at www.acsm.org.