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The Life Time Academy Personal Training Certification program and courses provide a unique educational experience of online, in-class and hands-on learning combined with practical experiences. This prepares graduates to succeed as Professional Fitness Trainers. Our program utilizes an integrated approach of applying a sound science-based academic approach with specific program design, coaching and functional application. In addition to a foundation of online course coursework, students receive instruction and hands-on application in their chosen area.

Personal Training Certification Outcome

Graduates of the Personal Training Certification program leave with confidence in their knowledge, skills and abilities to work as an industry professional at locations such as fitness studios, health clubs and private businesses.

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Which Level is Right for Me?

We offer two unique levels of Personal Training Certification to start you on your way to becoming the certified professional you strive to be. Compare the below opportunities and be sure to contact us with any questions!

Premier Course

Provides the foundational, baseline knowledge, skills and abilities to becoming a personal trainer.

Master Certification Program

Provides a comprehensive, educational experience that prepares graduates with the knowledge, skills and abilities to successfully apply their learning in the business of personal training. The extensive curriculum is designed to build fundamental knowledge that supports advanced course curriculum and the application of that knowledge in a real-life fitness setting.

* Approximate Total Cost (Includes- tuition, lab/activity fees, exam, books & supplies, Life Time membership)

NASM CPT Certificate of Distinction Life Time Academy students that successfully pass the CPT exam receive the NASM CPT Certificate of Distinction. This certification is of higher value in the workplace, as it demonstrates successful completion of qualified education through a Nationally Accredited Academy.

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Upcoming Webinar

Register for an hour long webinar to learn more about Life Time Academy and our upcoming Personal Training Certification program.

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Scholarships & Discounts

We try to make our certification programs as affordable as possible which is why we offer discounts and scholarships to all incoming students.

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Continuing Education

Still looking for more training? Our Continuing Education Certification programs cover Weightlighting, Martial Arts and other specialized programs.

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Professional Fitness Trainer 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.

Master Level Professional Fitness Trainer Program

You are enrolled in 2 online courses every 8 weeks. You will also attend regularly scheduled hands-on labs that will supplement the online learning. During  your enrollment, you will receive credit for the following courses:

Course Name Contact Hours Credit Hours
PT1010 Kinesiology of Human Movement 38 3.5
PT1030 Exercise & Fitness Assessment 46 4
PT1060 Advanced Techniques & Program Design 56 5
PT1080 Nutrition & Supplementation 38 3.5
PT2020 Metabolic Training 46 4
PT2030 Fitness Business Administration 38 3.5
PT1100 Certification Exam Preparation 6 0.5
Total 268 hours 24 credits

Premier Level Professional Fitness Trainer Course

You are enrolled in an online course and will also attend regularly scheduled hands-on labs that will supplement the online learning. During your enrollment, you will receive credit for the following courses:

Course Name Contact Hours Credit Hours
PT1200 Evidence-based Exercise Prescription 70 6
PT1100 Certification Exam Preparation 6 0.5
Total 94 hours 8 credits

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

*Everyone studies differently! On average, our students have:

Master Premier
10 hours of study each week 8-10 hours of study each week

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 live labs are held at our premier fitness facilities. You will be able to practice the materials covered in your online training, ask your instructor any questions you may have, and work side by side with those in your cohort. The hands-on training presented by our Life Time Academy instructors will prepare you to be successful in the fitness industry.

Master sessions are offered every March and August. Premier sessions are offered every May and October. We are now enrolling for the sessions below:

Master Premier
August 27, 2018 October 22, 2018

When are the Labs?

Master Premier
Every Tuesday 5:30-8pm
for the first 24 weeks
  • Saturday, Nov. 3, 1-5pm
  • Saturday, Nov. 17, 1-5pm
  • Saturday, Dec. 1, 1-5pm
  • Saturday, Dec. 15, 1-5pm

Where are the Labs held? Labs are held at your designated LTA campus. Click HERE to learn more.

You have 2 instructors, an Online Instructor and a Lab Instructor.

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

See our faculty list here!

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

Life Time Academy Certificate of Completion

NASM – CPT (Certified Personal Trainer) of Distinction

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.

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.

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!

*Advanced Placement Services (*Master Students). For students enrolled in our Master level Professional Fitness Trainer vocational program, we offer additional placement services.

  • Resume & cover letter writing
  • Job search strategies & interviewing preparation
  • Professional partner networking
Master Premier
Application Fee $25.oo $25.oo
Tuition $5075.00 $1137.50
Lab Fee $200.00 $80.00
NASM CPT Exam Fee $400.00 $400.00
Books (purchased separately) $400.00 $59.00
Uniform & Supplies (purchased separately) $160.00 $160.00
Total Course Cost $5305.00 $2135.00

We offer several scholarships and discounts.

Scholarships & Discounts

Monthly Financing. If you are unable to pay your course balance in full, we offer a Tuition Financing option through our partner, TFC Financing.

Monthly payment plans are financed with an 8.5% interest rate.

Master Premier
10 month payment plan 3 month payment plan

A $49.00 Enrollment Fee is processed during the enrollment process for this option.

*Making a down-payment of $500-$1000 can lower your payment anywhere from $50-$100 per month!

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

Have a Question?

If you have a question about our Personal Training Certification program, let us know. Our Admission Specialists can answer any questions you may have about the program, schedule, cost or expectations. They also know what’s available for scholarships if that’s something you’re interested in. If so, let us know.

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