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How do you become a certified fitness trainer?

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To become a certified fitness trainer, receive a high school diploma or a GED equivalent, and then receive a bachelor's or master's degree in a health or fitness field from an accredited university. Some options include physical education and exercise science, according to the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS).

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  1. Tailor high school coursework for athletic training field
  2. Consider coursework as a high school student in exercise physiology and athletic training. Coursework in physics, physiology and anatomy is helpful for future college courses.

  3. Obtain a bachelor's degree from an accredited university or college
  4. Choose a program that offers both clinical and classroom components, advises the BLS. A program that offers biology, nutrition, physiology and anatomy provides a well-rounded experience. Master's degrees in the field open up more job opportunities for trainers.

  5. Seek certification
  6. Seek out certification with the American Society of Exercise Physiologists. This certification is known as the Exercise Physiologist Certification. This certification requires coursework completion, passing the ASEP exam and receiving continuing education credits every 5 years. The American College of Sports Medicine also offers certification in the field.

  7. Seek advancement
  8. Seek out jobs as athletic directors or head athletic trainers. Up to 25 percent of athletic personal trainers work in colleges, universities and private schools, while 15 percent work in the offices of health practitioners and 13 percent work in hospitals. The more training and certifications received, the more job opportunities available.

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