Personal Trainer and Nutrition Coach: Online Certificate Program

Trainers in the gym

This program is a great fit for:

Individuals interested in a career in healthcare

Recent high school graduates

Current healthcare workers looking to upskill or grow their career

Gain the expertise to transform lives through fitness in our Personal Trainer and Nutrition Coach program. Help individuals achieve their health goals through personalized exercise plans and nutrition guidance. Join the elite ranks of NASM-certified professionals and inspire lasting change in the lives of your clients.

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Course length

18 weeks

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Weekly time commitment

15-20 hours

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Siena Heights University's NASM Personal Trainer and Nutrition Coach program teaches the knowledge and skills to earn two certifications from the National Academy of Sports Medicine (NASM) – Certified Personal Trainer (CPT) and Certified Nutrition Coach (CNC).

Students must have the physical strength and experience to model proper form when completing exercises, should possess basic experience in operating gym equipment, and be comfortable giving instructions on how to use it. Personal Trainers should also be comfortable writing fitness and health reports for clients, providing positive reinforcement and strategizing their methods to meet and exceed their clients’ health goals.

NASM’s Certified Personal Trainer (CPT) certification is the gold standard in the industry and is the preferred certification by most employers. It is NCCA-accredited, which is vitally important as many gyms and fitness centers only accept accredited certifications. The combination of the Certified Personal Trainer (CPT) and Certified Nutrition Coach (CNC) certifications set MedCerts trained candidates apart from other trainers and opens more career opportunities. Trainers with both certifications can reach a wider group of potential clients which leads to higher earning potential.

Why Choose Siena Heights University?

Siena Heights University’s Workforce Development certificate programs were built to meet the needs of modern-day students. You can start learning as soon as today and be on the path to a fulfilling new career in just a few weeks or months.

Online and self-paced coursework

Affordable tuition

Fulfilling, flexible job opportunities

Industry-leading credentials

Clinicals included (if necessary)

Certificates matched to industry demands

Fitness trainers and instructor jobs are projected to grow 14 percent from 2022 to 2032, much faster than the average for all occupations. About 69,000 openings for fitness trainers and instructors are projected each year!

Source: U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics

Is this Personal Trainer and Nutrition Coach Certificate Program right for me? 

  • Are you passionate about fitness and nutrition, with a strong desire to help others lead healthier, more active lives?  
  • Do you have a keen interest in creating personalized fitness programs and nutrition strategies to meet individual needs?  
  • Are you excited about earning your credential through the National Academy of Sports Medicine, a highly respected authority in the fitness industry known for its evidence-based approach?  
  • Do you see yourself as a motivating force in your clients' fitness journeys, helping them achieve their goals and transform their lifestyles?  
  • Are you dedicated to staying up to date with the latest advancements in exercise science and nutrition to provide the best guidance to your clients? 

Career Paths

Certified Personal Trainer
Fitness Coach
Nutrition Coach
Health and Wellness Coach
Group Fitness Instructor
Sports Performance Specialist
Corporate Wellness Coach