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Fitness Instructor

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 will train you for a career in the fitness arena.

Courses and Certifications

These courses give you 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. Courses should be taken in the order in which they are listed. Please review the course catalog or certificate brochure for the current semester's offerings and course descriptions.


Continuing Education's Fitness Instructor program has partnered with the National Academy of Sports Medicine   Click here for more information.


Registration and Tuition

The certificate program tuition is $3200 plus the $35 registration fee and $125 paid to an outside gym. To enter the program, interested applicants must submit a registration form, Waiver Form and Physician Clearance Form to the Continuing Education office. Class size is limited and early registration is advised. You can also register for courses individually, plus $35 registration fee per semester. To register for courses please click on the Course Browser/Registration . Complete all required courses within two years, plus one elective. You must also obtain a CPR certificate which is separate from the program. Most courses have exams and presentations. You can expect to study approximately 3-5 hours/week for each course. Click the button to view the Program Brochure.



View or download 'General Certificate Information'

 Payment Plan options are available. Students must register in person to enroll in a payment plan option. Certificate Students must visit or contact the registration office at 212-650-3850 Monday through Friday 9am-5pm to choose their class schedule per semester.  Learn more about the benefits of registering for the entire certificate program.


Note: Certificate Cannot Be Completed In One Semester


Spring 2017 Schedule

Course Day Time Dates
Anatomy & Kinesiology I Monday 6:30-9:20pm 2/27- 4/10
Anatomy & Kinesiology II Monday 6:00-8:30pm 4/17- 5/22
Introduction to Nutrition Saturday 2:00-5:30pm 2/25- 4/1
Teaching Adult Fitness I Wednesday 6:30-9:30pm 2/22- 3/22
Teaching Adult Fitness II: Strength Training Saturday & Sunday
2:00-5:00pm 3/18- 4/2
Teaching Adult Fitness III: Mat Exercise Wednesday 6:35-9:35pm 4/12- 5/10
Introduction to Exercise Physiology Tuesday 6:30-8:45pm 3/28- 5/16
Fitness Evaluation Thursday 6:30-8:30pm 4/13- 5/18
Regain and Maintain: Functional Fitness Through Life Saturday 10:00am-6:00pm Not available this semester.
Business of Fitness Tuesday 6:00-9:00pm 3/14

*100% attendance is mandatory


Additional Course Offering: This course is NOT included in the certificate fee.


Corrective Strategies for Injury Prevention $250

Developing knowledge of human movement science and corrective exercise. Students will learn to work with clients who are recovering from injuries, as well as enhance their current functional level. Corrective Exercises are exercises that are designed to make positive changes in the way you move and focus on the underlying cause of your pain, not just on ways to mask or reduce your pain. The class will be taught the use of dynamic methods to correct muscle imbalances to aid in injury prevention and recovery. The class will incorporate different techniques to assist in correcting body mechanics for injury prevention. This class will be taught at a moderate to advanced level to aid in using proper understanding of anatomical points and body mechanics. * Please note: This class is NOT part of the program. This course is meant for those who have completed the program in its entirety. Therefore, students interested in this additional course must pay the full course tuition. Registration fee is waived.


Job Opportunities

The fitness field calls us frequently asking for instructors and trainers. Hunter will work to provide you with job leads as soon as you qualify or complete training.


"Since completing my course work at Hunter, this past January, I successfully passed the ACE Personal Training Exam. I have begun teaching 2 group fitness classes, one geared towards older adults and the other is a total body conditioning class. I'm also working as a Floor Trainer in a midtown hotel fitness center. I owe all of my success to Hunter College. Without the Continuing Education program, I would not be as successful as I have been – and its only been a few months! Every instructor was amazing and I learned so much throughout my time in the program."- Christina Camerlingo


Click here to see another one of our successful students.


The National Academy of Sports Medicine (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.


Benefits for Continuing Education at Hunter Students:

  • Advocate School Preferred Student Pricing (see below)
  • A dedicated support team for our school and students.


For more information and to register, visit the NASM website by clicking on the following logo.


Student Pricing (prices provided on a per-individual basis)

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



Continuing Education Certificate Programs are part-time non-credited courses and therefore we do not issue student visas.  To apply for a student visa, students must be enrolled in a full-time credited college program or an ESL studies program.  For more information on Continuing Education's ESL program please click here: International English Language Institute
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