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The need for qualified Fitness Instructors continues to grow. To meet this demand Hunter College, with top fitness experts, created a hands-on program that trains you for a career in the fitness arena.

Why Enroll?

According to the U.S. government Bureau of Labor Statistics, the fitness field can expect a 29% increase in fitness roles in the coming years; a much faster rate than health care positions and therapist roles. Fitness professionals have the ability to work independently by starting their own business developing customized workout regimens and nutrition programs for clients, or work in fitness clubs specializing in group-training or individualized personal training. With these possibilities, fitness professionals may earn unlimited incomes, based upon the ability to provide an in-demand service to an increasing number of clients. If you have a passion for fitness and are interested in becoming part of a growing field, this certificate offers hands-on experiential training that prepares you for future certifications such as ACE, NASM, ACSM, and for work in health clubs as instructors, managers and personal trainers. The Certificate In Fitness Instructor  at Hunter’s Continuing Education prepares you for a career as a:

  • Fitness Instructor
  • Creative Movement Instructor
  • Group Fitness Instructor
  • Personal Trainer
  • Fitness Coach

What’s more, Continuing Education's Fitness Instructor program has partnered with the National Academy of Sports Medicine (NASM) to get you well on your way to a booming career. Together, we’ll be here for you every step of the way.


Registration and Tuition

This certificate consists of 9 required courses. Tuition for the Certificate In Fitness Instructor  is $3,300 plus $125 paid to an outside gym and a one-time $35 registration fee, or you can register for each course individually plus the registration fee per semester. This certificate cannot be completed in one semester. Payment plan options are available.

To register for courses online, visit our online registration portal listed below. You may browse courses and register as a new or returning student. Certificate students, please visit or contact the registration office to select your course schedule per semester. Courses should be taken in the order in which they are listed.


To enter the program, interested applicants must submit Waiver  and Physician Clearance forms to the Continuing Education Programs office. If you’re planning to become a Certified Personal Trainer (CPT), you must also obtain a CPR certificate which is separate from our program.


View or download the Fitness Instructor course schedule below and check out 'General Information' to learn more about the benefits of registering for Continuing Education certificate programs.


Brochure Catalog General Info Payment Plan Register

Partnering With NASM: A World Leader in Fitness Certification

For more than 20 years, the National Academy of Sports Medicine (NASM) has set the standard in certification, continuing education, solutions and tools for health and fitness, sports performance and sports medicine professionals. NASM has pioneered evidence-based health and fitness solutions that optimize physical performance and allow individuals to achieve a variety of fitness activity goals. NASM and Hunter College Continuing Education Programs have partnered to get you on your way to becoming a Certified Personal Trainer. NASM offers Advocate School Preferred Student Pricing for the CPT exam and a dedicated support team for our school and students. See pricing below.

CPT/PES/CES Program Options Package Price
Exam $399
Exam/ Practice Exam/ Textbook $449
Exam/ Practice Exam/ Textbook/ Online Course $499


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