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The focus of this course is to apply the previously learned sciences to functional anatomy, assessments and program design in a practical hands-on training environment to prepare graduates to succeed as Personal Training Professionals. A determination is made after reviewing the student’s application and health and fitness industry certifications. Only applicants with current CPT certifications will be considered for acceptance to this program.


Students will complete the program with confidence in their knowledge, skills and abilities to work as Certified Personal Trainer at locations such as fitness studios, health clubs and private businesses.

Personal Trainer Externship FAQ

The depth of learning is greater than that of learning directly online to receive the CPT certification. Life Time Academy’s commitment is to assist our students to apply skills in the workplace with the areas of emphasis that we know are valuable to your career success.

Personal Training Externship Course
You are enrolled in an online course and will also attend regularly scheduled labs that will supplement the online learning. During  your enrollment, you will receive credit for the following course:
Course Name Contact Hours Credit Hours
Personal Training Externship Course 120 5
Total 120 hours 5 credits

Independent Study. There are weekly scheduled readings, online lectures, videos, activities, assignments and/or quizzes.

*Everyone studies differently! On average, our students have approx 6-8 hours of weekly study.

Weekly Online Webinars. Each week, you will have an online,  interactive lecture, called a webinar, led by your online-instructor. Each webinar is recorded so you can go back and view it.

The Externship consists of 120 hours of job practice (approx 15 hr/week). This course requires proactive engagement and will cover each step of the client cycle:

  • Prospecting
  • Sales
  • Assessment
  • Program design
  • Session service
  • Customer & time management

When do I have to be in the club?
Students can confirm their exact schedule with their assigned mentor.

Where is the training held?
Labs are held at your designated LTA campus.

Professional guidance.  You will attend lectures with your lab instructor weekly and have regular check-ins with a mentor (may be your lab instructor). Your instructor will assist in creating your weekly schedule (plan on 3-hours in-club, 5 days a week, for 8 weeks).

The course is offered in the fall and spring pending location.

Your Lab Instructor oversees the hands-on experience as well as the online curriculum.

Your instructor has weekly office hours you can utilize for additional support; typically the office hours align with the webinar and lab schedules.

Meet your instructors! Contact us and we can help you schedule a meeting with your local instructors to learn more about Life Time Academy.

See our faculty list here!

Life Time Academy Certificate of Completion

With a fitness certification, you can work in a variety of settings depending on your area of focus and your personal schedule and abilities. For example, our graduates have found careers anywhere from large national gyms to smaller boutique studios, self-employment, and beyond.

No. Life Time Academy does not guarantee job placement as employment is always at the full discretion of the employer. However, we do offer Placement Assistance:

  • Partnership with Life Time. We guarantee each of our graduates will receive an interview with Life Time, if Life Time is a desired potential employer. *Graduates do need to apply for a position before being offered the interview.
  • Additional Placement Services. We strive to help you find a job you love. We are always connecting with potential employers and send updated info on job postings as we learn about them. If you are curious about the jobs in your area, give us a call; we’re happy to help you on your search!
Application Fee $25.oo
Tuition $875.00
Lab Fee $80.00
Supplies $160.00
Total Course Cost $1,140.00

Scholarships & Discounts

Monthly financing
If you are unable to pay your course balance in full, we offer a 2-month payment plan. Balance must be paid in full prior to the end of the course.

As a nationally accredited school we will be accepting federal financial aid in the near future. However, we currently offer tuition financing payment plans.

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