About the Program
A trend toward healthier lifestyles and personalized fitness solutions has created a growing demand for qualified personal fitness trainers. Many fitness and recreation facilities are hiring personal fitness trainers to enhance the service they offer to clients. There are also many entrepreneurial opportunities for personal fitness trainers to establish their own client base.
The Personal Fitness Trainer program teaches principles and methods of physical training and safe exercise, nutrition, health promotion and lifestyle counseling, and business management and marketing practices.
The Canadian Society for Exercise Physiology (CSEP) has approved NAIT to offer courses and examine candidates for the nationally-recognized CSEP-CPT certification. The National Academy of Sports Medicine (NASM) allows students to challenge the Corrective Exercise Specialist (CES) certificate, and the National Strength and Conditioning Association (NSCA) also officially recognizes NAIT’s Personal Fitness Trainer program.
NAIT’s Personal Fitness Training (PFT) diploma program embodies flexible learning pathways. Applicants who meet the high school academic entrance requirements and are accepted into the program may choose from face-to-face (on campus) course delivery and/or online delivery and may enroll in a part-time or full-time course load.
Applicants who do NOT meet the high school academic entrance requirements may enroll in Open Studies courses to gain acceptance into the program. Courses done via Open Studies may be done in face-to-face delivery (if available) or online delivery, on a part-time or full-time basis.
Face-to-face (on campus) courses are NOT offered in all terms. Demand for this program is high and space for face-to-face courses is limited. To avoid disappointment, apply to the program and submit all required documents early. If the preference is to be enrolled in face-to-face delivery, students should enroll in courses immediately to ensure a spot is available. New students MUST begin with Term 1 courses. Therefore, new students applying to begin the program in the January or May terms will NOT have face-to-face courses available. All of the courses are offered in ONLINE delivery in all 3 terms: September, January, May.
The following courses are offered in face-to-face delivery in the Fall term (September) only:
Term 1 (NEW STUDENTS MUST BEGIN WITH THESE TERM 1 COURSES)
- ANAT1120 Human Anatomy
- PFTR1121 Foundations for Personal Trainers
- PFTR1122 Applied Movement Mechanics
- PFTR1123 Applied Physiology of Exercise
- PFTR1224 Introduction to Assessment and Counselling
- PFTR2320 Advanced Movement Considerations
- BUSN2421 Marketing for Exercise Professionals
- PFTR2323 Performance Training Strategies
- PFTR2324 Lifespan and Clinical Exercise Considerations I
- PFTR2390 Practicum I
The following courses are offered in face-to-face delivery in the Winter term (January) only:
- PFTR1220 Functional Training and Assessment
- LEAD1221 Leadership Studies
- PFTR1222 Resistance Training and Assessment
- PFTR1223 Aerobic Training and Assessment
- NUTR1124 Applied Nutrition Strategies
- BUSN2321 Business Strategies for Exercise Professionals
- PFTR2423 Applied Exercise Professional Strategies
- PFTR2424 Lifespan and Clinical Exercise Considerations II
- PFTR2491 Practicum II
Tuition & Fees (Cost per semester)
Cost Per Credit: $145
Tuition Cap: $1,883
Health & Dental: $128
Rec. & Athletics: $70
Books, Supplies & Program Fees (est.)
Semester 1: $1000
Semester 2: $850
Semester 3: $500
Semester 4: $500
Please note: This information is provided to help you estimate your costs for student financing. Some courses may also have additional expenses. Students who take all of their courses online are exempt from U-Pass, Health & Dental, and Recreation & Athletics fees. All fees are subject to change.
- Grade 12 English
- Math 20-1 or 20-2 or Pure Math 20 or Applied Math 20
- Biology 30
Successful completion of ANAT1120, PFTR1121, and PFTR1122 with an overall minimum GPA of 2.0.
View the English Language Proficiency Requirements for the Program: NAIT | English Language Proficiency
Additional Requirements and Considerations
Students must provide evidence of current CPR level C certification prior to commencing clinical training (3rd semester). CPR level C certification must remain current throughout clinical training therefore it is recommended that certification be obtained just prior to clinical training. The CPR level C certification course that meets this requirement must be designed for individuals who will be health care providers and from an organization that adheres to the ILCOR standards (ex. Heart and Stroke Foundation).
Students must have basic computer skills prior to admission, including word processing, presentation creation (e.g., PowerPoint), Internet, and e-mail experience. Students will also be expected to produce and share small video, written, and verbal presentations for specific course work.
Please note: International students must be careful when enrolling in online courses. Enrolling in too many online courses can impact the ability to apply for a Post-Graduation Work Permit (PGWP) through the Government of Canada. It is the applicant's responsibility to ensure in-class course enrollment is sufficient to qualify for a PGWP.
The maximum number of online courses an applicant may take varies, and depends on the ratio of in-class and online course enrollment. To confirm acceptable ratio of on-line to in-class course enrollment to qualify for a PGWP, contact the NAIT International Centre.
International Student Advisors are available to help with this and many other questions. Contact the NAIT International Centre to book an appointment.
For more information about qualifying for a PGWP and other information about studying and working in Canada, contact Government of Canada.
In terms 3 and 4, students will be expected to complete a work experiences practicum.
- Length: 45 hours
- Salary: none
- Relocation: not required
- Length: 75 hours
- Salary: none
- Relocation: not required
Scholarships & Bursaries
|Alberta Blue Cross 50th Anniversary - Health Sciences||1250.00||1|
Available to full-time students entering a Health Sciences program at NAIT of two or more years' duration. Awarded on the basis of superior academic achievement and demonstrated financial need.
|Coca-Cola Bottling Ltd. Scholarship I||1000.00||3|
Available to second year students in the schools of Business Administration and Health Sciences. This award is based on outstanding academic achievement in the first year marks.
|Coca-Cola Bottling Ltd. Scholarship II||1000.00||4|
Available to first year students in the JR Shaw School of Business and the School of Health and Life Sciences. This award is based on outstanding academic achievement in the first semester marks.
|Fitness West Bursary||1000.00||1|
Available to first year students enrolled in the Personal Fitness Trainer program at NAIT. Awarded on the basis of satisfactory academic achievement in the first semester of the program and demonstrated financial need.
|International Health and Life Sciences Scholarship||2500.00||1|
Available to International students enrolled in the first, second, third, or fourth year of a credit program in the School of Health and Life Sciences at NAIT. Awarded on the basis of highest academic achievement in the previous semester.
|Iron Fit Personal Training Scholarship||500.00||1|
Available to a continuing student in their third semester of the Personal Fitness Trainer program at NAIT. Awarded on the basis of a minimum academic achievement of 80% in the first two semesters of study and community involvement or volunteer work.
|Katie & John Lashuk Bursary||2000.00||2|
Available to students entering the second year of a program in the School of Health Sciences at NAIT. Awarded on the basis of satisfactory academic achievement in the first year and demonstrated financial need.
|TH Bursary I||1000.00||1|
Available to a second year student in the School of Health and Life Sciences. Awarded on the basis of financial need and satisfactory academic achievement (a minimum GPA of 2.0). Preference may be given to a single parent or to a student who has overcome adversity in their life such as mental illness or a learning disability. Applicants with a documented disability must be enrolled in a minimum of six credits.
|TH Bursary II||1000.00||1|
Available to a first year student in the School of Health and Life Sciences. Awarded on the basis of financial need and satisfactory academic achievement (a minimum GPA of 2.0). Preference may be given to a single parent or to a student who has overcome adversity in their life such as mental illness or a learning disability. Applicants with a documented disability must be enrolled in a minimum of six credits.
|World Health Edmonton Inc. & Spa Lady Inc. Scholarship||500.00||1|
Available to a continuing student enrolled in the Personal Fitness Trainer program at NAIT. Awarded on the basis of above-academic achievement in the second year of the program and community involvement or volunteer work.
For general application and special selections, ranging from $500 to $5,000, see Scholarships & Bursaries.