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Personal Trainer

Northwestern Polytechnic

Northwestern Polytechnic
The demand for educated and certified personal trainers has never been greater. The Personal Trainer program gives students the hands-on experience and specialized personal trainer knowledge they need to become a certified personal trainer able to sustain a lucrative personal trainer career. Students will receive specialized training in one or more certifications and be given the opportunity to gain valuable experience by completing two supervised practicum in this growing industry. The curriculum is rich with courses geared specifically toward preparing students to be very knowledgeable about the fitness industry and very competent in their personal skills. Students will not be required to repeat any training for which they have current certification. The diploma program incorporates both theory and practical components. The theory courses, many of which are university transferable, provide the student with the background information necessary to understand the structure and function of the human body and its adaptations to exercise. The practicums provide an opportunity for students to network with local fitness businesses and shadow, interview, and be mentored by successful fitness professionals. The practicum experience also includes working with real personal training clients (assessing physical fitness levels, formulating and delivering appropriate fitness programming, and conducting training sessions) in a 10 week supervised practicum.

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10726 - 106 Avenue
Grande Prairie, Alberta, T8V 4C4, Canada

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  • Program Type Standard
  • Credential Type Diploma
  • Length 2 Years
  • Part Time Only
  • Cooperative Education
  • Continuing Education
  • Distance Learning
Admission Requirements

For admission into the Personal Trainer Diploma, an overall average of 50% in the following Alberta Education courses or equivalents is required. See Entrance Requirements tables for courses within groups A or C.

English 30-1 or English 30-2

One subject from Group A or C, or Physical Education 30, or one of Social Studies 30-1 or Social Studies 30-2. (Biology 30 is recommended)

Mature Student Admission

Students 21 years of age or older who do not meet the stated admission requirements must attain a minimum score on an appropriate entrance test before acceptance into the program is granted. 

Part-Time Student Admission

Students may enrol in up to two courses without admission to the program. Upon successful completion of two courses, if students wish to continue in the program, they will be expected to apply to the program and meet all admission requirements. Once students have met all admission requirements and received admission to the program, they will be granted credit for courses successfully completed prior to admission.

Student Aid

This program is eligible for full-time post-secondary assistance by Alberta Student Aid for the funding year 2023/08/01 to 2024/07/31*.

  • Tuition $4,485.00 Year One
  • Mandatory Fees $1,662.00 Year One
  • Books/Supplies/Instruments $1,500.00 Year One

* Tuition, books, supplies, instruments, and other/mandatory fees are provided to Alberta Student Aid and may be used when processing full-time post-secondary funding applications. The educational costs provided are based on a 100% full-course load and may not reflect current or all educational costs charged by the school. Contact the school to obtain accurate educational cost information.

Transfer(s) Eligibility

Search Transfer Alberta for course and program transfer information including transfer agreements between post-secondary schools in Alberta, British Columbia, Northwest Territories, Nunavut and Yukon.

Transfer(s) available outside of Transfer Alberta: Not available

Updated November 07, 2023. The information contained in this profile is current as of the date shown.

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