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Prepare for the American College of Sports Medicine (ACSM) Certified Personal Trainer (CPT) certification exam and complete a fitness internship with this online course.
This online instructor-led course prepares you for the American College of Sports Medicine (ACSM) Certified Personal Trainer (CPT) certification exam. You will also have the opportunity to complete an on-site fitness field internship to experience real-life job/professional experience that are crucial for entering the health/fitness industry. Additional supplemental documents are provided complimentary to you for use in preparing for the ACSM-CPT exam.
The course was developed under the guidance of outstanding faculty from colleges/universities, the allied health/medical field, and the personal fitness training profession. The course includes presentations and outlines, specialized exam preparation materials, and 145+ practice test questions. ACSM-CPTs work with healthy individuals and those with health challenges who can exercise independently to enhance their quality of life, improve health-related physical fitness and performance, manage health risks, and promote lasting, healthy behavior changes.
Upon completing the course and passing the ACSM-CPT certification exam, you will be prepared to work in one of the fastest-growing segments of the service industries, according to the U.S. Labor Department of Occupational Statistics and Employment Projections. Upon course completion, you will be prepared to address that demand to work in fitness facilities, gyms, health clubs, YMCAs, and other health/fitness settings working as a personal trainer and fitness professional.
The American College of Sports Medicine's Professional Education Committee certifies that "Educational Fitness Solutions" meets the criteria for official ACSM Approved Provider status from 2019 – December 2022. Providership #672784.
Continuing Education Credits/Units
This course qualifies for CECs/CEUs for the following organizations.
What you will learn
How you will benefit
This course includes a fitness internship; one of the unique benefits of going through the online ACSM course is the opportunity to practice your skills in health, medical, and fitness setting through our field internship experience. Because we can educate students globally, you can work with their instructor on selecting an internship site in the United States or internationally at health and fitness facilities and chains on an ongoing basis. Learn to work with professionals in the fitness and health industry for hands-on experience working with members at fitness facilities and health centers. You intern for 60 total hours in this course.
How it works:
You will research and find sites of interest with the instructor's help. The internship site coordinator and you will agree to an hourly/weekly schedule that accommodates everyone's schedule. It is reviewed by the instructor and confirmed. The internship site coordinator tracks hours and completes an evaluation form at the end of the internship, confirming hours served and providing you an evaluation. During the internship, you will complete projects and evaluate the site as if you were a fitness/health manager and give the site a final grade for future reference.
Disclaimer: This course does not have an externship program through ed2go. Please check with your instructor for more information regarding externship opportunities.
Instructional Material Requirements:
The instructional materials required for this course are included in enrollment. The following textbooks will be shipped to you approximately 7-10 business days after enrollment:
Please note: You will receive a digital book if the physical book is on backorder.
There are no prerequisites to take this course. However, there are prerequisites to complete the ACSM Accredited Certification Exam.
Exam Eligibility Requirements:
Ken Baldwin, M.ED., ACSM-H/FI has been involved in the fitness, wellness, and education profession for over 10 years. He is the senior editor, content expert, and lead author for ACSM's Resources for the Personal Trainer Textbook, Second Edition." He was chair of IDEA's National Personal Trainer Committee and chair of the Senior Fitness Subcommittee for the Massachusetts Governor's Committee on Physical Fitness and Sports. He serves on national committees for the American College of Sports Medicine (ACSM), AAHPERD, and the Medical Fitness Association. His background includes operating and managing a personal training company, consulting at corporations, and lecturing at international conferences, public events, national conventions.
Can I register for courses if I am an international student?
Yes, ed2go courses are completely online. However, keep in mind that not all certifying bodies or industry-specific certifications are recognized internationally. Please review your country's regulations prior to enrolling in courses that prepare for certification.
Does this course prepare for a certification?
Yes, you will be prepared for the ACSM Certified Personal Trainer (CPT) certification offered by the American College of Sports Medicine (ACSM). Exam eligibility requirements:
How does the internship work?
When can I start this course?
This course is open enrollment, so you can register and start the course whenever you are ready. Access to your course can take 24-48 business hours.
How long does it take to complete this course?
After you register, you will receive 9 months to complete the course. The time allotted for completion has been calculated based on the number of course hours.
What if I don't have enough time to complete the course within the time frame provided?
If you are unable to complete the course, contact your Student Advisor to help you work out a suitable completion date. Please note that an extension fee will be charged. If you are funded through a third-party organization, approval may also be required.
What kind of support will I receive?
The course instructor will be available by email to answer any questions and provide feedback on your performance. Occasionally, your course may be supported by a team of industry experts. You will also receive support from the student advising team.
What happens when I complete the course?
Upon successfully passing the final exam, you will be awarded a certificate of completion from the school or organization that you registered through.
Am I guaranteed a job?
ed2go courses will help you gain the skills you need to obtain an entry-level position in most cases. However, you should always research the job market in your area before enrolling.
Can I get financial assistance?
ed2go courses are non-credit, so they do not qualify for federal aid, FAFSA, and Pell Grant. In some states, vocational rehab or workforce development boards may provide funding to take our courses. Additionally, you may qualify for financial assistance if you meet certain requirements. To learn more about financial assistance.
How can I get more information about this course?
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