Personal Training Specialist

The Personal Training Specialist program is designed to help prepare students for employment in the fitness industry as a Personal Trainer. This curriculum provides students with a fundamental knowledge of human physiology and anatomy, introduction into career options in the field of Exercise Science, Kinesiology and Physical Education/Coaching, emergency response readiness, health appraisals and assessments; application of exercise fitness principles and strength and cardiorespiratory training techniques; a fundamental knowledge of nutrition, exercise physiology, and biomechanics; skills in exercise testing and fitness measures as well as writing exercise prescriptions and program designs for diverse populations.

Program Code

5445 Certificate of Completion (CCL) in Personal Training Specialist

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Program Contacts

Robert Martin, III, MS, CSCS - Director
Office: FWC-530B
Phone: (480) 423-6205

Bob Kline, MS - Co-Director
Office: FWC-532
Phone: (480) 423-6602

Amy Goff, Division Chair
Office: PE-147
Phone: (480) 423-6685

Elizabeth Gush, Division Secretary
Office: PE-150
Phone: (480) 423-6606

Program Notes: Set up an advising meeting by emailing or calling Robert Martin at or (480) 423-6205.

Transfer Options

Students who earn the Personal Training Specialist Certificate will earn approximately ½ of an Associate degree in Exercise Science: Health, Fitness and Sports Performance. 

To earn the AAS degree, students would need to complete General education requirements such as English, Math, Science, Humanities, and Social/Behavioral. 

SCC’s Exercise Science, Personal Training, & Nutrition program provides students with multiple transfer options to Universities to earn a Bachelors Degree:

  • BS in Exercise & Wellness from Arizona State University (ASU)
  • BS in Kinesiology from ASU
  • BS in Health Science from Northern Arizona University
  • BS in Fitness Specialist from Grand Canyon University (GCU)
  • BS in Sports Specialist from GCU

Our Exercise Science, Personal Training, & Nutrition program provides an excellent 2-year education at a very affordable price which makes SCC a great place to start your 4-year degree path.  

View the AAS in Exercise Science: Health, Fitness and Sports Performance

Career Outlook

Graduates of our program can find jobs in the field of fitness as one of the following:

  • Personal Trainer
  • Fitness Director
  • Group Fitness Instructor

The fitness profession is expected to have faster than average job growth at approximately 10% per year.  The median wage is $18.85 per hour and $39,210 annually.

Job prospects should be best for workers with professional certification or increased levels of formal education in health or fitness.

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Learning Opportunities

Students who choose SCC’s Exercise Science, Personal Training, & Nutrition program will have many unique opportunities to develop their professional potential and leadership skills including:

  • Fitness & Nutrition Club: Students develop their leadership potential while having a positive impact on the SCC campus & local Scottsdale community.
  • Exercise Is Medicine (EIM): SCC is a Silver Level campus in the American College of Sports Medicine EIM program. We are going for Gold!
  • Forever Fit Project: Student interns provide one-on-one personal training and assist with Group exercise training to benefit Scottsdale seniors.
  • SCC Fitness Center: Student interns help to conduct fitness assessments, design exercise programs, and take clients through one-on-one training sessions.

The Personal Training Specialist Certificate requires classes that fulfill approximately ½ of the AAS degree in Exercise Science: Health, Fitness and Sports Performance. We have multiple University partners where the AAS degree is transferable.