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Personal Fitness Trainer


2 years

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Program highlights

High standards — our curriculum is designed to meet the Canadian Society for Exercise Physiology - Certified Personal Trainer national certification.

University credential ― study full-time or part-time while working towards your diploma.

Real-life experience — network with employers, clients and industry professionals while applying your skills through practicum experiences

Personal Fitness Trainers help clients achieve their health and fitness goals by designing and implementing safe and effective exercise programs for all abilities.

Using current Canadian health and wellness techniques, learn how to conduct physical and lifestyle assessments and use training principles to create personalized fitness programs.

Through a blend of theory and practice, gain new skills in the health sciences, injury prevention and care, exercise prescription and program design, strength training and adaptive communication. Connect with the fitness community while applying your skills during supervised practicum experiences and get a head start on your career.

Career possibilities

Personal Fitness Trainers can find work in a wide variety of settings, including:

  • Multidisciplinary clinics
  • Rehabilitation centres
  • Fitness facilities
  • Nursing homes

  • Health spas
  • Studios
  • Fitness trainer entrepreneurship

Admission requirements and costs

Curriculum and courses

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Information about the program can be answered by the Personal Fitness Trainer team.

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Personal Fitness Trainer Diploma students, speak with Jodie Boettger, a talent acquisition specialist with World Health/Spa Lady/Bankers Hall Club, at the recent career fair held in Ross Glen Hall.

Career fair

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Ace Rodriguez, a graduate of Mount Royal University’s Personal Fitness Trainer Diploma program

Building a more inclusive fitness community

Personal Fitness Trainer alum dedicated to creating a welcoming experience

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Continuing Education

Mount Royal is pleased to offer five occupational programs and a multitude of continuing education courses and programs. View the full program listing to start your professional development.

Information session

Join us for a free prospective student information session from noon to 1 p.m. MDT on Monday, July 8 to learn about the Personal Fitness Trainer Diploma program, speak with staff and more.