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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, ACE, or NASM.  After passing the exam, apply at www.employment.ku.edu, and interview to be a personal trainer at Ambler Student Recreation Fitness Center (ASRFC). When deciding which organization to earn a certification through, students should consider their career goals.  To help study, some organizations offer weekend workshops that review all of the material (attending a workshop is not required).  For more information about earning a certification on your own, email Miranda Kolenda, the Assistant Director of Fitness and Wellness, at mkolenda@ku.edu.
    1. Workshops hosted by ACSM
  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 July 8, 2020

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The American Council on Exercise (ACE) Certification Preparation Program prepares students to sit for the ACE Certified 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 with a certain grade percentage will be eligible to interview to be a personal trainer for KU Recreation Services immediately after the course.  Students may take the ACE Certified Personal Trainer certification exam or sit for a different NCCA accredited certification of their choice through organizations such as ACSM, NSCA, or NASM.  If hired by KU Recreation Services, the personal trainer must pass a certified personal trainer exam within six (6) months from the date of hire.

 

Costs associated with the Prep Course:

ACE Personal Trainer Preparation Course Fee

$100.00

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

When/Where: 

  • The course will be offered online between Tuesday, September 1 and Friday, November 6th, so that you can study at your own pace while minding the due dates.
  • The class will meet virtually once a week for 1-hour (day and time will be determined based on students who register - meeting must be between Monday-Friday starting at 9 am and ending by 3:45 pm). 
  • Depending on the coronavirus, we may meet in-person up to 3 times for practical experiences.

Get Registered:

  • Registration is open to the first 15 applicants.
  • Deadline to register is Monday, August 31.
  • Registration is open: Register online at https://recstore.ku.edu/ --> click on "Specialty Classes (Programs)" --> Fall 2020
  • This class 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 acefitness.org.  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.

Who is eligible:

  • KU students enrolled in 6 or more credit hours fall 2020 and you must graduate December 2021 or later.

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 6 hours per week and commit 2-3 hours outside of class to be successful in this course and preparation for the ACE certification.  Homework includes daily quizzes, reflection papers, writing workout programs, observing a personal training session.  In-class assignments include a mock training session and learning how to conduct fitness and functional assessments.

Required Textbooks:

Note: ACE plans to release a 6th edition ACE Personal Trainer Manual sometime this July.  The ISBN numbers are for the older edition.

  • 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?

The next course is tentatively scheduled for summer or fall 2021.  There will not be a spring 2021 course, but you're welcome to study on your own.

Questions about the ACE PT Prep Course:

Contact Miranda Kolenda, the Assistant Director of Fitness and Wellness, at mkolenda@ku.edu


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