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  • Day - Courses taking place between Monday - Friday, before 5 PM.
  • Evening/Weekend - Courses taking place on weekdays from 5 PM or later, or Saturdays and Sundays.
  • Online - Sometimes called "Home Study" or "Computer-Based Learning"
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It is an opportunity to get a feel for school and what program you want to be in.

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Program availability may be limited for international applicants. Contact your student advisor for more information.

Advanced Credit

You may apply for advanced credit once you have been accepted into the program. Advanced Credit can be Transfer Credit (for completed post-secondary courses) or PLAR (Prior Learning Assessment and Recognition).

Transfer Credit

In addition to the common guidelines outlined on the Transfer and Credit Options section and on the Transfer Credit Request Form (PDF), your program has other advanced credit requirements that are applied to each request including:

  • You must have completed the course or program no more than 7 year(s) ago unless a formalized articulation agreement is in place
  • You must have a minimum mark of C- in the course(s) or program

Prior Learning and Assessment Recognition (PLAR)

Students in the program can challenge courses in the program. If you have successful work experience in the Applied Financial Services field, and you can provide evidence of your skills and knowledge to meet learning outcomes for courses within the program, you may be able to challenge courses through PLAR.

For all course challenges, you must first apply to the program, be accepted and have paid your non-refundable tuition deposit. You can only receive credit for up to 50% of any NAIT credit program.

To learn more and to begin the process, read through the following

  1. Fact Sheet - Personal Fitness Training (pdf)
  2. Candidate Guide - Personal Fitness Training (pdf)
  3. Applicaton Form (pdf)
  4. Payment Form (pdf)

Contact the program for additional information about Advanced Credit.

The Personal Fitness Trainer program combines the hands-on practice of physical training and safe exercise with the knowledge of nutrition and lifestyle counselling to create one of the most in-demand fitness programs in Alberta.

NAIT’s Personal Fitness Trainer faculty have an average of 20 years of industry experience and the program incorporates business management and marketing practices for entrepreneurial graduates that want to start their own fitness empire.

Employment rates reported by NAIT alumni are for information purposes and do not guarantee future employment opportunities.

Salaries reported by NAIT alumni are for information purposes and are not a guarantee of future alumni income.

Hands-on, industry-relevant training 

You’ll work with a variety of fitness and testing equipment including:

  • Treadmills
  •  Free weights
  • Metabolic carts
  • 12-lead ECGs

You’ll learn:

  • How to assess and monitor fitness levels using: stethoscopes, blood pressure cuffs, heart rate monitors, BIA body fat measuring devices, analyzers and pulse oximeters
  • Information about muscle oxygenation, EMG and portable slacklines

You can expect to spend on average of 8 to 10 hours of online and individual study time per week per course.

If you choose to enrol in our online offering, you will require access to a digital camera or video camera. Some online courses will require the use of specialized equipment that you can access at any major gym facility.

Enter the workforce with confidence 

Personal fitness trainer graduates will typically be employed or contracted by private fitness centres or studios, employee fitness centres, public recreation facilities, rehabilitation settingsand seniors recreation centres. There are also a variety of self-employment opportunities, as more people contract the services of a personal fitness trainer independently.

Our program includes a very strong entrepreneurial focus, which will give you the tools to open your own fitness business.

Upon graduation of the Personal Fitness Trainer program, you may be eligible for transfer credit to the following degree programs:

  • Bachelor of Physical Education, University of Alberta
  • Bachelor of Technology, Memorial University of Newfoundland
  • Bachelor of Health Science, Thompson Rivers University
  • Bachelor of Applied Management, University of New Brunswick
  • Bachelor of Science, Kinesiology, University of Lethbridge
  • Bachelor of Science, Human Science, Athabasca University
  • Bachelor of Professional Arts, Human Services, Athabasca University

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If you’re looking for more information or have a question about the Personal Fitness Trainer program, we can help.

Our program advisors are here to answer your questions.

Email: pft@nait.ca
Phone: 780.471.8990



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Term 1

ANAT1120Human Anatomy
  • Course Equivalencies: PFT1120, PFT120, SPFT120
  • Open Studies: Available

Students will learn and use anatomical terminology to identify and summarize the structures of the eleven systems of the human body. There will be a strong focus on the skeletal and muscular systems as they relate to personal fitness training.

PFTR1121Foundations for Personal Trainers
  • Course Equivalencies: PFT1121, PFT121, SPFT121
  • Open Studies: Available

Students will learn visual and verbal communication skills to improve performance and build relationships. Personal management and wellness strategies will also be discussed as they relate to personal training and managing a business.

PFTR1122Applied Movement Mechanics
  • Requisites: Co-Requisite: ANAT1120. This course is available to Open Studies students.
  • Course Equivalencies: PFT1122, PFT122, SPFT122
  • Open Studies: Available

Students will learn basic biomechanical concepts related to human movement and posture. Recognizing these concepts allows a student to review the interrelationship between posture, movement and exercise choice. The goal from this course is to analyse posture, movement and exercise.

PFTR1123Applied Physiology of Exercise
  • Course Equivalencies: PFT1123, PFT123, SPFT123
  • Open Studies: Available

This course will examine the physiology of the human body at rest, its control mechanisms, and changes due to chronic exercise. Responses during acute exercise and the main adaptations due to chronic exercise will be explored.

PFTR1224Introduction to Assessment and Counselling
  • Requisites: This course is available to students in the Personal Fitness Trainer program.
  • Open Studies: Not Available

Students learn the relationship between lifestyle habits and health, apply different behaviour change models to develop strategies for assisting clients with lifestyle changes, and acquire skills to conduct a fitness and lifestyle assessment.

Term 2

LEAD1221Leadership Studies
  • Requisites: Pre-requisite: PFTR1121. This course is available to Open Studies students.
  • Course Equivalencies: LEAD2370, PFT1221, PFT321, SPFT321
  • Open Studies: Available

This course has as its central focus the development of leadership ability. The course provides a basic understanding of leadership and group dynamics theory. Students will develop a personal philosophy of leadership, an awareness of the moral and ethical responsibilities of leadership and one's own style of leadership. It provides the opportunity to develop essential leadership skills through study, participation, and observation of these skills.

NUTR1124Applied Nutrition Strategies
  • Course Equivalencies: PFT1224, PFT220, SPFT220
  • Open Studies: Available

This course will provide the opportunity to learn about basic nutrition concepts. Strategies for discussing the important relationship between dietary intake, physical activity and body weight management are reviewed.

PFTR1220Functional Training and Assessment
  • Requisites: This course is available to students in the Personal Fitness Trainer program. Prerequisites: ANAT1120. PFTR1122, PFTR1123. Co-requisite: PFTR1222.
  • Course Equivalencies: PFT1220, PFT322, SPFT322
  • Open Studies: Not Available

Functional training builds the foundation necessary to enhance performance in strength, power and speed in either daily living, activities or sport. This course explores training methods to refine stability, balance, movement and overall strength. Learn to assess movement quality, interpret results and design functional programs specific to movement efficiency, quality and functional strength.

PFTR1222Resistance Training and Assessment
  • Requisites: This course is available to students in the Personal Fitness Trainer program. Prerequisites: ANAT1120, PFTR1122, PFTR1123, PFTR1224.
  • Course Equivalencies: PFT1222, PFT222, SPFT222
  • Open Studies: Not Available

This course will focus on the science of resistance training and exercise techniques. Course content includes both theory and practical application. Theoretical content consists of: the value of resistance training, physiological adaptations, equipment and training modalities, program design, and exercise prescription specific to muscular development. Specific exercise applications include: assessment protocols, exercise demonstration of various training methods, cueing and spotting techniques specific to resistance training.

PFTR1223Aerobic Training and Assessment
  • Requisites: This course is available to students in the Personal Fitness Trainer program. Prerequisites: ANAT1120, PFTR1122, PFTR1123, PFTR1224.
  • Course Equivalencies: PFT1223, PFT223, SPFT223
  • Open Studies: Not Available

This course focuses on the development of aerobic/endurance training programs for improved health, performance, and body composition. Students will learn to administer and interpret aerobic fitness assessments; develop endurance training programs; and monitor clients during training.

Term 3

BUSN2421Marketing for Exercise Professionals
  • Requisites: Pre-requisite: PFTR1121. This course is available for Open Studies students.
  • Course Equivalencies: PFT326, SPFT326
  • Open Studies: Available

In this course, students will learn effective strategies to promote personal training, fitness trends and themselves in the fitness and health industry.

PFTR2320Advanced Movement Considerations
  • Requisites: This course is available to students in the Personal Fitness Trainer program. Prerequisite: PFTR1220, PFTR1222.
  • Course Equivalencies: PFT320, SPFT320
  • Open Studies: Not Available

In this course students learn to recognize human movement dysfunction, impairment, and injury potential. Students learn to identify sources of impairment using a variety of movement and muscle assessment techniques. Students then apply corrective exercise strategies to help clients reduce injury potential, recover from impairments and improve performance.

PFTR2323Performance Training Strategies
  • Requisites: This course is available to students in the Personal Fitness Trainer program. Prerequisites: PFTR1220, PFTR1222, PFTR1223, NUTR1124.
  • Course Equivalencies: PFT423, SPFT423
  • Open Studies: Not Available

This course will examine methods for developing individualized training programs for athletes. Sport-related assessments and training methods will be explored.

PFTR2324Lifespan and Clinical Exercise Considerations I
  • Requisites: This course is available to students in the Personal Fitness Training program. Prerequisites: PFTR1220, PFTR1222, PFTR1223, PFTR1224, NUTR1124.
  • Course Equivalencies: PFT324, SPFT324
  • Open Studies: Not Available

This course will cover exercise considerations for individuals with cardiovascular, cancer, and orthopedic conditions as well as exercise considerations for the very young and an aging population.

PFTR2390Practicum I
  • Requisites: This course is available to students in the Personal Fitness Trainer program. Prerequisites: LEAD1221, PFTR1220, PFTR1222, PFTR1223, NUTR1124. Co-requisites: PFTR2324.
  • Course Equivalencies: SPFT325
  • Open Studies: Not Available

This experiential class is designed to simulate personal fitness training scenarios with clientele in the pursuit of healthy active lifestyles. Students will be assigned to clients and asked to utilize the concepts of client-centered exercise prescription. Skills practiced include information gathering, conducting assessments, providing appropriate feedback and program design.

Term 4

BUSN2321Business Strategies for Exercise Professionals
  • Requisites: Prerequisite: BUSN2421. This course is available to Open Studies students.
  • Course Equivalencies: PFT420, SPFT420
  • Open Studies: Available

This course provides the business foundation for entering the Personal Fitness Training profession. Students will learn about business practices and structures, business operation, liability issues, business development, and financial management.

PFTR2423Applied Exercise Professional Strategies
  • Requisites: This course is available to students in the Personal Fitness Trainer program. Prerequisite: PFTR2390, PFTR2320, PFTR2323. Co-requisite: PFTR2424.
  • Course Equivalencies: SPFT428
  • Open Studies: Not Available

In this course students will refine skills in the area of program design: planning, counseling, motivation, exercise demonstration and technique, equipment selection, prescription, and modification.

PFTR2424Lifespan and Clinical Exercise Considerations II
  • Requisites: This course is available to students in the Personal Fitness Training program. Prerequisite: PFTR2324.
  • Course Equivalencies: PFT424, SPFT424
  • Open Studies: Not Available

In this course the student will continue to learn the benefits of exercise for individuals with various conditions: psychological, respiratory, metabolic, and spinal cord injury. Requirements of an emergency action plan and how to implement an action plan will be discussed.

PFTR2491Practicum II: Professional Experience
  • Requisites: This course is available to students in the Personal Fitness Trainer program. Prerequisites: PFTR2390, PFTR2323, PFTR2320. Co-requisites: PFTR2424, BUSN2321.
  • Course Equivalencies: PFT425, SPFT425
  • Open Studies: Not Available

This course involves work-integrated learning experiences. It is a synthesis of all the human movement theory and skill learned, put into practice. In collaboration with external partners, students demonstrate their professionalism working with clients in 'real life' settings. Assessments, programming and evaluation, leadership and business skills are fine tuned.


Cost Per Credit: $145
Tuition Cap: $1,883

Tuition for International Students

Cost Per Credit: $457
Tuition Cap: $5,931

Mandatory Fees

NAITSA: $129
U-Pass: $175
Health & Dental: $128
Rec. & Athletics: $70

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How much will first year cost?

Books, Supplies & Program Fees (est.)

Level 1 Term 1: $1,000
Level 1 Term 2: $850
Level 2 Term 1: $500
Level 2 Term 2: $500

Dates & Deadlines

We recommend submitting your program application at least 90 days before the application deadline.

Application Deadline: Sep 03, 2019

Term Start Date: Sep 03, 2019

Program Availability Status:  

Domestic Applicants: OP
International Applicants: WL

Entrance Requirements

  • Grade 12 English (English 30-1 or 30-2)
  • Math 20-1 or 20-2 or Pure Math 20 or Applied Math 20
  • Biology 30
  • Proof of 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.

Students are not required to have a specific level of fitness to be accepted into the program. It is, however, necessary for students to be able to participate in physical fitness activities as part of learning course content. Please review the [PAR-Q+ website] (https://eparmedx.com/) to check your readiness.

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 an acceptable ratio of online 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.

Phone: 780.378.6130

E-mail: internationalcentre@nait.ca

For more information about qualifying for a PGWP and other information about studying and working in Canada, contact the Government of Canada.

Phone: 1-888-242-2100

Website: http://www.cic.gc.ca/english/resources/tools/temp/students/consider.asp

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Term Definition
Open Program still has seats available.
Waitlisting Program is full and qualified applicants are being placed on a waitlist. For information about waitlists, please visit the Waitlist FAQs.

If you’re on a non-competitive waitlist, you should consider NAIT’s Academic Upgrading program or NAIT Equivalency Tests to become a more competitive applicant.

There is no guarantee that waitlisted applicants will be offered a seat, however it is common for seats to become available until the start of class. As seats become available, they are filled from the waitlist.
Closed Program is no longer accepting applications.
N/A Not available for this term.

*Program availabilty is subject to change without notice.

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