ALERT: Due to the impending weather, the ASRFC will be closing early tonight, 
Tues. 2.19 at 10pm, Additionally, we will open tomorrow,
Wed., 2.20, at 11:00 am. Please use caution and be safe in the weather!


Become a Personal Trainer

There are two ways to become a personal trainer for KU Recreation Services:

  1. KU students may study on their own for an exam that is accredited by the NCCA such as ACSM, NSCA, and ACE.  After passing the exam, apply at, and interview to be a personal trainer at Ambler Student Recreation Fitness Center (ASRFC). When deciding which organization to earn an exam through, students should consider their career goals.  To help study, some organizations offer weekend workshops that review all of the material (this is not required).  For more information about earning a certification on your own, email Miranda Kolenda, the Assistant Director of Fitness and Wellness, at
  2. The other option is to take the ACE Personal Trainer Prep Course.  This course is not required to be a personal trainer at ASRFC.  Continue reading to learn more about the ACE PT Prep Course.  


ACE Personal Training Certification Preparation Program

Updated January 31, 2019

The American Council on Exercise (ACE) Certification Preparation Program prepares students to sit for the ACE Personal Trainer certification or another NCCA accredited personal trainer certification. With this ACE approved curriculum, offered by KU Recreation Services, students engage in practical application of the materials covered. The course offers both lecture and movement training and applies theory to practice. Upon successful completion of the program, students will demonstrate their knowledge and skills of:

  • Exercise science
  • Fitness assessments
  • Exercise programming
  • Instructional techniques
  • Exercise form and technique
  • Basic nutrition
  • Lifestyle modification

Students who successfully complete the ACE Personal Training Prep Course will be eligible to interivew to be a personal trainer for KU Recreation Services after they successfully pass a nationally accredited certification exam.  Students may take the ACE Personal Trainer certification exam when it is offered on campus or sit for another certification of their choice, such as ACSM, NSCA, or NASM.


Costs associated with the program:

ACE Personal Trainer Preparation Course Fee

$100.00 - Register the admin office in room 103 at ASRFC

ACE Personal Trainer textbooks (20% discount)

Payable online - registered students will receive details for discount

ACE Personal Trainer exam registration and study materials (20% discount)

Payable online - registered students will receive details for discount

Get Registered:

  • Register in the Administrative Office at ASRFC (Rm 103), Cost $100 (cash, credit card, or check written out to KU Recreation Services).  This class offering is dependent upon the minimum number of participants. If the minimum is not reached, you will be refunded for the full amount (credit card is the most convenient method of payment to reimburse).
  • Study materials can be purchased online at  Registered students will receive details to apply a 20% discount.  Students may also purchase textbooks through another book seller of their choosing. See "Required Textbooks" below for details.
  • Registration is open to the first 15 applicants.


  • Classes are held 2 times per week on Tuesdays and Thursdays from 3-5 pm from February 5th through March 7th (changed from a 10-week course to a 5-week course due to low enrollment)


  • ASRFC Conference Room 202

Who is eligible:

  • KU students enrolled in 6 or more credit hours in spring 2019

Flyer: ACE Prep Course Flyer (PDF) 

What Should I Expect?:

  • This course is a non-credit, extracurricular opportunity. This is a strenuous and time consuming course, particularly for students who have not yet had specific human science courses, such as anatomy and physiology. Students can expect to be in class 4 hours per week and commit 2-3 hours outside of class to be successful in this course and preparation for the ACE certification.

Required Textbooks:

  • ACE Personal Trainer Manual (5th Edition)
    • ISBN: 978-1-890720-50-6
  • ACE's Essentials of Exercise Science for Fitness Professionals
    • ISBN: 978-1-890720-31-5

How Often is this Course Offered?

Currently, this course is offered on an as-needed basis.

Questions about the ACE PT Prep Course:

Contact Miranda Kolenda, the Assistant Director of Fitness and Wellness, at

Daily Hours

Ambler SRFC Building

Friday: 5:30 a.m. - 10:00 p.m.

Monday: 5:30 a.m. - Midnight

Saturday: 9:00 a.m. - 10:00 p.m.

Sunday: 9:00 a.m. - Midnight

Thursday: 5:30 a.m. - Midnight

Tuesday: 5:30 a.m. - 10:00 p.m.

Wednesday: 11:00 a.m. - Midnight

Regular Spring Hours 1.20-5.17

Administrative Office Hours

Friday: 8:00 a.m. - 6:00 p.m.

Monday: 8:00 a.m. - 6:00 p.m.

Saturday: CLOSED

Sunday: CLOSED

Thursday: 8:00 a.m. - 6:00 p.m.

Tuesday: 8:00 a.m. - 6:00 p.m.

Wednesday: 8:00 a.m. - 6:00 p.m.

Regular Spring Hours 1.20-5.17

Outdoor Pursuits Office

Friday: 3:00 p.m. - 6:00 p.m.

Monday: 4:30 p.m. - 10:00 p.m.

Saturday: CLOSED

Sunday: 5:00 p.m. - 8:00 p.m.

Thursday: 4:30 p.m. - 10:00 p.m.

Tuesday: 4:30 p.m. - 10:00 p.m.

Wednesday: CLOSED

Regular Spring Hours 1.20-5.17

"The Chalk Rock" Climbing Wall

Friday: CLOSED

Monday: 4:30 p.m. - 10:00 p.m.

Saturday: CLOSED

Sunday: 5:00 p.m. - 8:00 p.m.

Thursday: 4:30 p.m. - 10:00 p.m.

Tuesday: 4:30 p.m. - 10:00 p.m.

Wednesday: 7:00 p.m. - 10:00 p.m. (Climbing Club Only)

Regular Spring Hours 1.20-5.17
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