Personal fitness trainer diploma



1. How easy is it to find a job as a personal fitness trainer?
Personal Fitness Trainers are currently in high demand. A basic job search reveals over 50 jobs posted within each of Calgary and Edmonton alone, with many more positions available in other parts of Alberta and Canada.

Also, such fitness facilities as World Health, Goodlife Fitness, Gold’s, Spa Lady and many others are so excited about hiring our graduates that they have often visited our classroom to speak to our students about employment opportunities within their clubs.

2. How will ELA assist me in finding a job?
During or after the program students start their 36 hour practicum. The practicum consists of students working along side expert trainers to do 3 things: 1) watch the expert trainers to learn from their experience, 2) co-train with the expert trainers and gain valuable feedback, and 3) train actual clients under the expert trainer’s supervision.

ELA incorporates such topics as interviewing skills, business development, marketing and sales into the curriculum. Knowing these crucial topics greatly assists our students stand out from the rest and enables them to recruit more clients and keep those clients for longer.

Unlike many other academic institutions, ELA’s sole focus is on health. We don’t teach math, English, computers or any other topics. Because of our very narrow focus we are able to dedicate much of our resources to network with other individuals and facilities in the health industry. ELA has built relationships with many of Calgary’s and Edmonton’s industry representatives.

Students are required to further develop their industry contacts by completing a volunteer requirement within a community, non-profit or government organization.

3. How will ELA assist me in starting my own personal training business?
ELA incorporates such topics as financial planning, sales and marketing into the curriculum. We invite guest speakers, who are themselves successful entrepreneurs, to speak to our students about these topics.We also put much focus on networking and making connections with other professionals in the industry. We assist with making these connections by incorporating this process into the class assignments and by introducing our students to numerous professionals through field trips, guest speakers and lab work in other facilities.

4. How is this course different from a weekend-long or online certification?
The knowledge and practice that our students receive is much more in depth, such an education is much more valued and respected in the industry and our graduates are more capable at doing their jobs safely and effectively.

Personal Fitness Training is not a job, it’s a very hands-on career. We believe that such a career cannot be learned strictly from a textbook or a weekend course.

5. How much does it cost?
The full cost of the program is $6740, and this amount includes all certifications (ACE, & CPR/AED), books and supplies. A payment plan, government funding and scholarships/bursaries are available.

6. What is covered in my tuition cost?
Three hundred and forty hours of instruction, 4 textbooks, all learning materials, supplies, gym membership, CPR/AED certification, certification with ACE, all classes (17 weeks, full time), assistance with practicum placement and networking opportunities with fitness professionals.

7. Why are CPR/AED and ACE certification included in my tuition?
CPR/AED: CPR/AED certification is a requirement for any personal fitness trainer. Since it is, we want to make it as easy as possible for you to get it. Normally, prior to even enrolling in a PFT program, students must get certified on their own and present their certification as part of the admission requirements into a PFT program. ELA’s students will be receiving their CPR/AED certification during regular class time at ELA. It’s that easy!

American Council on Exercise: ELA has partnered with ACE in delivering our curriculum. In fact, we utilize the thoroughly researched training program developed by ACE’s pool of fitness and health experts. Because upon completion of the course, our students know all the content that they need to be ACE-certified, we’ve thrown in the certification as part of the course. The more recognizable certifications a trainer has, the more credible they are in the client’s and their employers’ eyes. So why not add an American certification to our students portfolio? Plus, ACE is the biggest, non-profit, accreditation body for fitness professionals in the world and most widely recognized. This will enable our graduates to work internationally at such destinations as resorts and cruise ships.

So if you think about it, this is the one and only all-in-one program. Our students don’t have to go anywhere else to get accredited or certified.

8. How long is the program?
The program is 17 weeks or 340 hours in length. The practicum and volunteer assignment is an additional 42 hours that the students must complete outside of classroom hours, during or after the 17-week period.

9. Is there student funding?
Government student funding is available for eligible students. For more information check our Government Loans and Grants page.

10. What are the requirements to get into the program?
Please see the Admissions page.

11. How does ELA’s program compare to other types of educational offerings?
In Alberta, and many other provinces, the personal fitness training industry is unregulated. What that means is that there is no one standard set of regulations and certification that all personal fitness trainers must follow. Hence, there are personal fitness trainers out in the industry with a wide range of different types of educational backgrounds, designations, certifications, and experience. Elevated Learning Academy’s Personal Fitness Trainer Diploma program is very expansive in knowledge and practicality. There’s also a large focus on business, sales, marketing, and employability which other types of programs lack.

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12. What types of individuals take part in this program?
Anyone from youth that have recently graduated from high-school, to more mature adults looking for a career shift into the fitness industry.

13. What does a typical job of a personal fitness trainer look like?
There is no typical job, but in many cases, personal trainers start out working within a larger fitness facility. Through the facility’s infrastructure, trainers are able to gain experience and a good client base. Once they have gained experience in a fitness facility, trainers often stay within the facility and advance to higher positions, such as supervisor and manager. Some trainers choose to work for themselves, either from their own home, from their clients’ homes, from a fitness facility or a smaller private fitness studio. Trainers may choose to work in such places as hotels, cruises, and resorts, or start their own programs, such as boot camps or corporate fitness programs.