Personal Trainer Program

Greenville Technical College’s Personal Trainer certificate is a science-based educational foundation that provides an understanding of the fundamentals of exercise science, clinical nutrition, and human anatomy and physiology, along with techniques in cardiorespiratory, muscular strength/muscular endurance, and flexibility fitness.

This 24-credit hour program can be completed in two consecutive semesters and consists almost entirely of fitness-related courses. Second semester students gain true hands-on experience working with clients through the personal trainer clinic on campus as well as through an off-site internship.

A career you can count on

With fitness and wellness trends shifting from treatment to prevention, the job market for personal trainers is strong and continues to grow. A certified Personal Trainer can work in a wellness center, assisted living center, gym, corporate fitness facility, health club, chiropractic office, physical therapy office, fitness club, or parks and recreation center. Some trainers work on an independent basis, either contracting with fitness facilities or with individual clients for in-home training sessions. Certified professional personal trainers can earn between $25 and $60 an hour.

  • National employment projections and additional information about a career as a personal trainer are available from the Bureau of Labor Statistics.
  • Learn about real-time job openings and salary information through Career Coach.

What you’ll learn in the program

  • Fitness assessment
  • Exercise program design
  • Wellness
  • Resistance training
  • Cardiovascular training
  • Flexibility training
  • Nutrition for fitness and training
  • Training special populations
  • Anatomy & physiology
  • Kinesiology

Is Personal Training right for you?

If you enjoy exercise and health promotion and you’re willing to serve as a role model for a healthy lifestyle, consider this rewarding career. A positive attitude and the ability to relate to a variety of clients in a non-judgmental and motivational manner are essential for success.

Many positions within this profession require self-promotion, especially for those who wish to work for themselves.

Personal Trainer Tech Performance Standards

Program details and courses

Personal Trainer
Certificate in Applied Science

This program prepares students for entry-level employment opportunities as personal trainers. Certificate students will take a full-time, two consecutive semester program of two full days of day only courses and one online course. Graduates are well prepared to take a number of nationally recognized certification exams.

This program is located at Greenville Technical College’s Benson Campus in Greer.

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General Technology
Associate in Applied Science

The Personal Trainer certificate may also be applied to the Associate in Applied Science degree in General Technologies. This degree program offers students the opportunity to design a program of study to meet individual needs, combining major courses, general education courses, and additional hours.

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Personal Trainer Program Requirements

In addition to Greenville Technical College admissions process, outlined in these Enrollment Steps, students interested in a program in the Health and Wellness Division must also successfully complete the following: 

Career Talk
Participating in a Career Talk session for your program is a requirement before registration for all Health and Wellness Division students. Click here for the Career Talk monthly schedule

Career Talk Booklet (pdf)

Division Policies
The Personal Trainer program strictly adheres to all the Health and Wellness Division policies, which are detailed on the division admissions information page.

Personal Trainer Student Handbook (pdf)

Gainful Employment Disclosure

For more information about our graduation rates, the median debt of students who completed the program, and other important information, we encourage you to review our gainful employment disclosure information for  Personal Trainer.


Greenville Technical College is accredited by the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools Commission on Colleges to award associate degrees, diplomas and certificates. Contact the Commission on Colleges at 1866 Southern Lane, Decatur, Georgia 30033-4097 or call (404) 679-4500 for questions about the accreditation of Greenville Technical College.