Becoming a professional personal trainer is the goal of many people who work in fitness and recreation. And there’s quite a few perks that come with it: an average yearly salary of $55,000, a customizable work schedule, and sharing the passion of fitness and exercise with others. There is also a projected 8% growth in jobs for personal trainers in the next 10 years.
The road to becoming a professional personal trainer includes some sort of certification course to ensure the best customer service and safety. Fortunately, Oakland University Recreation and Well-Being is offering a personal training preparatory course that starts Friday, March 3 at 9 a.m. and goes until 11 a.m. This seven week-long course meets every Friday and will end on April 14 and participants will receive a certificate of completion. The course itself does not count for a personal training certification. It is merely to prepare the participants for an actual training certification course and to give the participants experience in training. Suggested certification programs include: ACE, AFAA, NASM, or ACSM.
“Part will be lecture based and part will be practical,” explained Erin Davidson, fitness and programs coordinator. Students of the course will get hands-on experience in personal training in addition to learning in the classroom.
Austin Standridge, the fitness graduate assistant, will be leading the practical portion of the class while Lindsey Pleiness will take over the classroom part.
Spots are filling up quickly! Davidson reported as of Monday, there were only five spots left in the class. Register at the member services desk before the spots are all booked up.