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Fitness Instructor Program

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.

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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 for the current semester’s offerings and course descriptions.

Registration and Tuition
The Certificate program tuition is $3200 plus $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 register for courses individually, plus $20.00 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.

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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.

Fall 2015 Semester Day Time Dates
Anatomy & Kinesiology I Monday 6:35-9:25pm 9/21-11/9; Skips 10/12
Anatomy & Kinesiology II Monday 6:00-8:30pm 11/16-12/21
Introduction to Nutrition Saturday 2:00-5:30pm 9/19-10/31; Skips 10/10 & 10/17
Teaching Adult Fitness I Thursday 6:35-9:35pm 9/24-10/22
Teaching Adult Fitness II: Strength Training Saturday & Sunday
2:00-5:00pm 11/7-11/22
Teaching Adult Fitness III: Mat Exercise Wednesday 6:35-9:35pm 11/18-12/16
Introduction to Exercise Physiology Saturday 6:00-8:15pm Not available this semester
Fitness Evaluation Saturday 6:00-9:00pm Not available this semester
Regain and Maintain: Functional Fitness Through Life Saturday 10:00am-6:00pm 1/16/16
Business of Fitness Tuesday 6:00-9:00pm 12/1

*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.

Christina Camerlingo shares the following about her experience:

"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".

Look at what one of our students has achieved.


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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