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Advanced Personal Fitness Training - ACE

Online Personal Training Certification

As an ACE or Advanced Personal Fitness Trainer you will be able to help people realize their health and fitness goals effectively.

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Online Personal Training Certification

As an ACE or Advanced Personal Fitness Trainer you will be able to help people realize their health and fitness goals effectively. By taking the training course you will:

  • Learn the vocabulary you need to communicate well with clients and other coworkers
  • Learn a fitness model that can be used for different types of clients
  • Be recognized by national organizations such as the SFA, the NCSF and the NFPT.
  • Explore the skills you need to become a proficient personal trainer

As an ACE you will know more than just simple weight loss exercises. Most of your instruction will be based on the science behind fitness and health along with practical techniques that can benefit your clients irrespective of their body type and health standards.

Once you graduate from the training program you will be open to a number of career opportunities in health clubs, gyms, fitness and recreation centers, hospitals, country clubs, schools and even in homes. Since the training program is based online you can make your own study schedule and take the course at your leisure.

This makes this program beneficial for stay at home parents, military spouses and other individuals who cannot attend a classroom or training facility. It is also perfect for those who cannot afford expensive training classes or bear the cost of travel. Sign up for the online class today.

According to the Bureau of Labor and Statistics, personal fitness trainers can earn a median pay of $31,720 a year. The job outlook for professionals in this industry is expected to grow as much as 13% from 2012 to 2022.

Why take the personal training certification online?

The Personal Training Certification at Meditec is taken 100% online. Because the program is web-based, students can create their own schedule and study whenever and wherever they are comfortable. With a flexible study schedule, students can balance their school activities with their other responsibilities. This benefits stay-at-home parents, military spouses and other people who might find it hard to enroll in a traditional brick and mortar school.

Aside from having a flexible schedule, online education is a more cost-efficient way to study and prepare for certification. Travel and miscellaneous school costs are significantly reduced.

When you enroll in our Personal Training Certification program, you will have access to our library of courses that is designed to help you gain the necessary skills to become a certified fitness expert. This is of course, with the guidance of our instructors who are all experienced in the field of fitness and health.

Getting your personal training certification online also helps you build a network that can help you land a job. When you complete the program, Meditec’s Career Advisors will give you invaluable insights and help you find attractive career opportunities.

Advanced Personal Fitness Trainer (ACE)

Program Description:

The Online Professional Certificate in Personal Fitness Training is a web-based, interactive educational experience that includes input and guidance from outstanding faculty/instructors drawn from colleges/universities, the allied health/medical field, and the personal fitness training profession.

The certificate program is designed to supply essential education integrating exercise science curriculum and practical training techniques into a systematic model that teaches students to progress their clients through different training levels and phases. Students will be prepared for careers working at medically-based fitness facilities, community wellness programs, personal training studios, physical therapy clinics, corporate fitness centers, YMCA’s/JCC’s, and private and commercial health clubs. Included with the either certificate program registration, you will receive complimentary access to receive the National Posture Institute’s Certified Resistance Training Professional™ (RTP™) designation. In addition, the program prepares students for the American Council on Exercise (ACE) Certified Personal Trainer Certification. ACE provides graduating certificate students a Preferred Discount on the ACE Personal Training Certification Exam and study materials.

Eligible users will get a voucher for the Personal Training Exam – ACE

Eligibility Criteria

  • Must be at least 18 years old
  • Must hold a current, government-issued photo I.D.
  • Must meet the eligibility requirements to sit for desired exam as stated in the ACE Certification Candidate Handbook
  • Must hold a CPR/AED certification at time of registration that will still be valid on exam date. Course must include a live skills check. Online-only CPR/AED not accepted.
  • Must register at least 10 days prior to exam
  • May register either online (preferred) or by Mail


  • For adults (18 and over)
  • Students must have a GED or High School diploma to participate

Program Course List and Course Descriptions:

Introduction to Exercise Science – Level 1 (Anatomy and Kinesiology): 50 Hours
In this course, students gain an understanding of musculoskeletal and functional anatomy and the effects of exercise placed on joint structures during exercise movements. Emphasis is placed on learning about proper body alignment, joint range of motion (ROM), basic biomechanics, and kinesiological principles to the development of safe and effective exercise programs.

Introduction to Exercise Science – Level 2 (Exercise Physiology): 50 Hours
This course is designed to teach the personal trainer how the muscular, skeletal, and cardiorespiratory systems function with and without exercise conditioning. Additional topics include energy metabolism, neuromuscular function, and the physiology of exercise in relation to training programs and environmental considerations.

Health Risk Profiles and Fitness Assessment Techniques: 50 Hours
This course teaches students how to assess and evaluate cardiorespiratory endurance, muscular testing techniques, joint ROM, flexibility, body-fat analysis, blood pressure, and body measurements based on ACSM guidelines. Topics include client screening procedures, medical and health history intake forms, identifying high-risk clients, determining the appropriate test, conducting the test, and evaluating the results.

Business Administration and Management Aspects for Personal Trainers: 50 Hours
This course gives personal trainers a solid background in developing or starting a personal training business and prepares them for financial management, marketing strategies, and business plan development. Techniques for effective management include standards and guidelines, facility/studio personnel management, and operational issues from a small personal training (PT) studio to managing a PT department at a large health facility.

Designing Exercise Prescriptions for Normal/Special Populations: 50 Hours
This course teaches how to develop an exercise prescription in relation to health implications for normal/special populations related to age, medical condition, and fitness level. Topics include cardiac conditions, diabetes, physical disabilities, HIV and AIDS, asthma, sensory impairments, pregnancy, and program design for children to senior populations. This course is designed as a research-based class with emphasis on designing a step-by-step process to creating individualized exercise programs.

Nutritional Analysis and Management: 50 Hours
Students will study the basic nutrition principles and how to apply them when designing structured nutritional programs for clients in collaboration with registered dietitians and nutritionists. The focus will be on vitamin, mineral, and supplement knowledge; the effects of nutrition on the exerciser and non-exerciser; strategies for successful weight management; and recognizing normal to disordered eating patterns.

The Science and Biomechanics of Resistance/Weight Training Techniques: 50 Hours
This course teaches an educational systematic approach to teaching resistance/weight training movements. The practical application of anatomy, physiology, and body alignment is introduced to analyze weight training techniques, exercise equipment, and the risk/benefit analysis of a specific exercise chosen. Equipment modalities reviewed include stability balls, exercise bands, free weights, body weight, and commercial strength equipment.

Functional Flexibility, Core and Balance Training: 50 Hours
Students will study principles and techniques for evaluation and implementation of exercise prescriptions that include instruction in flexibility, core, and balance training. Students will learn how the beginning phases of an exercise program are based upon the starting point/level of the client based upon performance of initial assessments, neurological ability, and individual goals. In addition, students will learn to implement the Sequential Exercise Training (SET) Model to enhance posture, body alignment, stability, proprioception, and awareness to more complicated exercise movements or functional movements.

Optional Field Internship: 60 Hours
Prerequisite: 5 Core Courses and CPR Certification
NOTE: This course is an optional course and is not required to receive the Professional Certificate. Learn to work with professionals in the fitness and health industry for a hands-on experience working with members at fitness facilities and health centers.

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Program Materials:

  • Manual of Structural Kinesiology
  • ACE Personal Trainer Set (Includes ACE Personal Trainer Manual, ACE’s Essentials of Exercise Science, ACE’s Practical Guide to Exercise Coaching Techniques DVD, and ACE’s Essentials of Applied Anatomy and Kinesiology DVD
  • Exercise Physiology: Theory and Application to Fitness and Performance
  • NPI’s Resistance Training DVD Series.
  • Contemporary Nutrition
  • NPI Physigraphe Clipart CD; V2 Pro.
  • Total Body Functional Profile

*Note: The standard shipping process usually requires 10-14 business days within the US. Weekends or holidays do not count. International/APO/ FPO/ PO Box address may experience delays. Please be aware that your materials will not be shipped until your start date.

Recommended Testing Fitness Equipment for the course: The items below are recommended for the Health Risk Profiles and Fitness Assessment Techniques course when completing your course assignments and for future use when assessing clients. Items:

  • Slim Guide Calipers
  • Blood Pressure Cuff and Stethoscope
  • Goniometer
  • Spring loaded Tape measure

This Certificate is designed for:

  • Fitness and Health professionals from all fields
  • Individuals seeking a new career as a personal trainer working in the following settings: private and commercial health clubs, medically-based fitness facilities, community wellness centers, personal training studios, physical therapy clinics, YMCA’s, JCC’s, college/university centers, recreational settings, and corporate fitness centers.
  • Individuals seeking examination preparation for the American College of Sports Medicine
  • Certified Personal Trainer (ACSM-CPT), and National Posture Institute-Certified Resistance Training Professional (NPIRTP)
  • Employee/staff training, education, and development
  • Allied health and medical professionals including physical therapists, RD’s, athletic trainers, nurses, physicians, chiropractors, public health educators, and wellness consultants seeking advanced education or new career opportunities

Continuing Education

The following National Organizations/Associations have approved each Personal Fitness Training and Advanced Personal Fitness Training required course for CEC/CEU’s:

  • National Posture Institute (NPI) / 5 CECs
  • American College of Sports Medicine (ACSM) / 20 CECs
  • National Strength and Conditioning Association (NSCA) / 2 CECs CSCS, NSCA-CPT (excludes the Business Administration course)
  • International Sports Science Association (ISSA) / 10 CECs
  • American Senior Fitness Association (SFA) / 2.0 CEUs
  • National Council on Strength and Fitness (NCSF) / 10 CEUs
  • National Federation of Professional Trainers (NFPT) / 1 CEC, equivalent to an entire 6 month CEC requirement.
  • The Commission on Dietetic Registration (CDR), the credentialing agency for the Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics (AND, formally ADA) has approved the Certificate in Personal Training program for 150 Continuing Professional Education Units (CPEUs), the Advanced Certificate program for 90 CPEUs, and the Optional Field Internship Course for 30 CPEUs for both Registered Dietitian (RDs) and Dietetic Technician-Registered (DTRs). Each course is 30 CPEUs

Program System Requirements:

Operating System:

  • Windows XP SP2 or newer
  • Mac OSX or higher


  • Video card
  • Sound card
  • 512 MB RAM or greater of


Web Browser:

  • The most recent version of browsers: Firefox,
  • Internet Explorer.
  • Cookies must be enabled
  • JavaScript must be enabled
  • Pop-ups must be enabled/allowed


  • Headphones or Speakers

Career Information:

According to the U.S. Department of Labor’s Bureau of Labor Statistics, by 2020, the demand for fitness trainers and instructors is expected to increase by 24 percent. Individuals in this field of work will find a continuum of salaries based upon the position and their geographical location. Salaried positions may range from $25,000 to over $100,000. Hourly positions range from $10.50/hr to over $100.00/hr. Salaries and hourly rates achieved will be determined by experience, education, and quality of service.

This is a self-paced program supported by an experienced mentor. Our mentors are subject experts with several years of experience in their respective fields and have the necessary educational training and credentials required to work as an expert. In case of any queries or questions regarding course content, course material, certifications, industry questions or on the progress of the student’s training and advancement, you can contact us on the information mentioned below.

Contact Information:
Meditec Student Support: 866-451-3854
CTP Student Support: [email protected]

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