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Personal Trainer Certification

Earn Your Personal Trainer Certification in One Semester

Develop skills in personal training, health and wellness management, and lifestyle coaching in just one semester with our Personal Trainer Certification microcredential program. Get the knowledge you'll need to work with clients and potentially run your own personal training business.



Credits to earn your certification


Semester of study for most students 


Continue at DCC and use your credits toward an associate degree  

What You'll Study in Our Personal Trainer Certification Program

Our Personal Trainer program prepares you to take certifying exams, so you'll graduate ready for jobs in fitness centers or other settings.

You’ll learn how to demonstrate exercises for people of all ages and fitness levels. You’ll be able to design exercise programs and healthy lifestyle behavior modifications, according to individual needs and goals — giving them the motivation to keep on going!

If you want to continue your education, the credits you earn can be a jump-start toward completing an associate degree in Exercise Science & Wellness. 

Sample Courses

WFE 101: Wellness and Fitness Education
How fitness, diet, and stress management reduce health risks and boost quality of life

PED 202: Fitness Training Practicum
Under the supervision of a faculty member, you’ll act as a trainer in the DCC Fitness Center

ESW 203: Personal Training Certification
The final exam for this course is your personal training certifying exam



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Stackable Health & Fitness Microcredentials

  • Want to learn more? Consider DCC’s other health and fitness microcredentials, short-term programs you can complete one by one and later apply to an ESW degree.
  • Our personal trainer, sports nutrition, and strength training options teach skills you can put to work right away. Some prepare you to take national certifying exams.
  • Each requires three courses for a total of nine credits and can usually be finished in a semester.

Contact Us

Office of Admissions

101 Orcutt Student Services Center
Mon. - Fri., 8 a.m.-5 p.m.

Phone: (845) 431-8010

53 Pendell Road
Poughkeepsie, NY 12601