Fitness Trainer microcredential badge

The rise of the fitness industry has formed a need to hire certified Fitness Trainers. By becoming a fitness trainer, individuals have the opportunity to work in commercial centers or form their own business conducting personal training sessions. Students will study how to assess clients and develop training programs to meet personal fitness goals and understand the effects of exercise on the human body. This program prepares students to become a certified Personal Trainer. 

Courses Required

Concepts of Resistance Training skills badge

This lecture-based course discusses the principles and concepts involved in resistance training for the general population. Discussions include program development, the muscular system, resistance exercises on different muscle groups, developing individual exercise programs, safety tips, body mechanics and nutritional concepts. A review of human anatomy will be discussed.

Applied Concepts of Resistance Training skills badge

This course is designed to apply the concepts learned in FIT 10100 to individual exercisers. Students will practice measuring and testing techniques used in exercise assessments. Additionally, students will have the opportunity to put all the training concepts into practice within a personal training project.

Introduction to Exercise Science skills badge

This course explores the foundation of the field of exercise science. Students will be exposed to the physiological changes exercise has on the human body and what effects training has on physiological responses. A review of human anatomy will be discussed.

Personal Trainer Certification skills badge

This credential includes passing the Personal Trainer certification exam accredited by the National Council on Strength and Fitness. The certification exam is offered at the RCC Suffern Campus. Students must download the digital certificate and submit the original certificate to the Records Office to be eligible for the microcredential.

Pre-requisite(s): None

Method(s) of delivery: Asynchronous, Virtual, In-person

Credit or Non-credit:  Credit

Minimum Grade Proficiency: B-

Minimum Personal Trainer Certification Proficiency:  Must achieve 70% passing rate on exam (Non-credit)

(Grades will be recorded on the student’s transcript. Students who meet the grade proficiency are eligible to earn the microcredential. If a grade is earned below the proficiency level, the course grade cannot be used toward the microcredential, but is eligible for graduation requirements.)

Credits Earned Upon Completion:  9

Student Outcomes

  • Develop a variety of resistance training programs, and assess the effects training has on the muscular and cardiovascular system.
  • Assess fitness capabilities and how to perform a health assessment.
  • Identify the role and characteristics of the professional trainer
  • Identify safety tips used in spot training, lifting techniques and proper body mechanics in exercise movements
  • Analyze neuromuscular anatomy of the human body and its adaptations of conditioning.
  • Acquire skills in Exercise Science and transfer into fitness program design.
  • Pass Personal Trainer Certification (Accredited by: National Council on Strength and Fitness )


  • Design personalized fitness training programs
  • Assess proper spotting techniques and body mechanics
  • Implement Fitness assessments
  • Conduct proper training techniques

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