Fitness Trainer

The Fitness Trainer program at Clark College provides opportunities for students to pursue fitness related education. Fitness professionals have the opportunity to make a positive difference in people’s health and quality of life.  The Fitness Trainer Associate of Applied Science degree is a 94-98 credit program that preparing students to become exceptional personal trainers.  Other shorter-duration programs are available in Group Fitness, Yoga Teaching, and Corrective Exercise.

Is a career in Fitness right for you?
According to the Bureau of Labor and Statistics, “People planning fitness careers should be outgoing, excellent communicators, good at motivating people, and sensitive to the needs of others. Excellent health and physical fitness are important due to the physical nature of the job. Those who wish to be personal trainers in a large commercial fitness center should have strong sales skills. All personal trainers should have the personality and motivation to attract and retain clients.”
See Fitness Trainer in the Clark College catalog for available degrees and certificates and program goals.

How employers feel about our graduates:

"[Fitness trainer program graduate] is wonderful and we hope for many more graduates like her!" (Employer survey 2011)

"Passion, ability to communicate education to clients, clients love her enthusiasm & challenging workouts. Right after she was hired she jumped right in. Very knowledgeable." (Employer survey 2011)


How graduates feel about our program:

“I learned a ton of valuable information in a good organized manner that made all the information stick and easier to learn. I felt that the hands on work we got through this program was amazing and very beneficial to our futures as fitness trainers.” (class 2014)

“…one thing that makes a zealous Clark College Fitness Trainer stand out from most trainers is that we receive all the right resources to train not just the general population, but special populations and the athletic populations as well.” (class 2013)

“This was easily the most thorough, hand on program in the Northwest.  The hands on portion is what I felt is giving me the most success in the employment world.” (Class of 2013)

“It surprises me how much I know compared to others going into the field from other programs.  I seem to know so much more!”  (class of 2012)