Personal Training course

A personal trainer guiding a trainee in a gym

Personal Trainer – a term used to describe professionals who work with clients to improve their physical and mental well-being. Some trainers have a four-year Kinesiology degree, while others have spent a lifetime working out in a gym.

Course overview

Course overview

This 32-hour course gives personal trainers the minimum requirement to be registered with the BCRPA upon successful completion of the Personal Trainer exam. This course should be supplemented by the Nutrition Knowledge and Techniques in Fitness Assessment courses. The Personal Trainer course covers both marketing and business concepts together with fitness assessment, health screening, risk management, program design and ethics.

Course requirements

Course requirements

Full registration as a Weight Training Instructor with the BCRPA which includes successful completion of the following:

  • Registered as a Fitness Leader with the BCRPA
  • Fitness Theory Course 
  • 1-year Fitness Registration with the BCRPA
  • Weight Training Instructor Course 
  • Weight Training Instructor Competency Evaluation (ICE Package) Completion 

Students will be ready to write the BCRPA Personal Training exam after completing this course.

Come dressed in fitness wear for the first class.



The cost of the in-person Personal Training Module is $543 and it includes:

  • Personal Training Course
  • NSCA's Essentials of Personal Training textbook

All program/course fees are subject to change.

Intakes & Schedule

Intakes & Schedule

July/September 2023 intakes

Term: 202411 
Start date: Wed, January 10, 2024
End date: Wed, February 21, 2024
Personal Training Course (CRN 11030):

  • Wed, January 10 (6:30–9:30pm)
  • Sat, January 13 (12–2pm)
  • Mon, January 15 (6:30–9:30pm)
  • Wed, January 17 (6:30–9:30pm)
  • Sat, January 20 (9am–3pm)
  • Mon, January 22 (6:30–9:30pm)
  • Wed, January 24 (6:30–9:30pm)
  • Sat, January 27 (9am–3pm)
  • Mon, January 29 (6:30–9:30pm)

Personal Training Instructor Competency Evaluations (CRN 11031):

  • Sat, January 13 (9am–12pm)
  • Sat, February 3 (9am–4pm)
  • Mon, February 5 (6:30–9:30pm)
  • Wed, February 7 (6:30–9:30pm)

Personal Training Exam (CRN 11032)

  • Wed, February 21 (6:30–10:30pm)

November 2023 intake

Term: 202411 
Start date: Wed, March 13, 2024
End date: Wed, April 24, 2024
Personal Training Course (CRN 11046):

  • Wed, March 13 (6:30–9:30pm)
  • Sat, March 16 (12–2:30pm)
  • Mon, March 18 (6:30–9:30pm)
  • Wed, March 20 (6:30–9:30pm)
  • Sat, March 23 (9am–3pm)
  • Mon, March 25 (6:30–9:30pm)
  • Wed, March 27 (6:30–9:30pm)
  • Wed, April 3 (6:30–9:30pm)
  • Sat, April 6 (9am–2:30pm)

Personal Training Instructor Competency Evaluations (CRN 11047):

  • Sat, March 16 (9am–12pm)
  • Mon, April 8 (6:30–9:30pm)
  • Wed, April 10 (6:30–9:30pm)
  • Sat, April 13 (9am–4pm)

Personal Training Exam (CRN 21001): 

  • Wed, April 24 (6:30–10:30pm)

January 2024 intake

Term: 202421 
Start date: Wed, May 8, 2024
End date: Wed, June 19, 2024
Personal Training Course (CRN 21033):

  • Wed, May 8 (6:30–9:30pm)
  • Sat, May 11 (12–2pm)
  • Mon, May 13 (6:30–9:30pm)
  • Wed, May 15 (6:30–9:30pm)
  • Wed, May 22 (6:30–9:30pm)
  • Sat, May 25 (9am–3pm)
  • Mon, May 27 (6:30–9:30pm)
  • Wed, May 29 (6:30–9:30pm)
  • Sat, June 1 (9am–3pm)

Personal Training Instructor Competency Evaluations (CRN 21034):

  • Sat, May 11 (9am–12pm)
  • Mon, June 3 (6:30–9:30pm)
  • Wed, June 5 (6:30–9:30pm)
  • Sat, June 138(9am–4pm)

Personal Training Exam (CRN 21035)

  • Wed, June 19 (6:30–10:30pm)

March 2024 intake

Term: 202421 
Start date: Wed, July 3, 2024
End date: Wed, August 14, 2024
Personal Training Course (CRN 21042):

  • Wed, July 3 (6:30–9:30pm)
  • Sat, July 6 (12–2pm)
  • Mon, July 8 (6:30–9:30pm)
  • Wed, July 10 (6:30–9:30pm)
  • Sat, July 13 (9am–3pm)
  • Mon, July 15 (6:30–9:30pm)
  • Wed, July 17 (6:30–9:30pm)
  • Sat, July 20 (9am–3pm)
  • Mon, July 22 (6:30–9:30pm)

Personal Training Instructor Competency Evaluations (CRN 21043):

  • Sat, July 6 (9am–12pm)
  • Wed, July 24 (6:30–9:30pm)
  • Sat, July 27 (9am–3pm)
  • Wed, July 31 (6:30–9:30pm)

Personal Training Exam (CRN 21044)

  • Wed, August 14 (6:30–10:30pm)

Registration options

By phone 
604 527 5472 (view office hours)

By email:

  • Complete the registration form and submit it to via email. Specify the CRNs and the term of the intake you would like to register for in the form. CRNs can be found in the Intakes & Schedule tab. Ensure to enter all the specified CRNs for your chosen intake in the form.
  • Once you submit a completed registration form to via email, one of our Registration Officers will reply to your email in a timely manner and provide further instructions on payment options. Please note: due to the number of email registrations being processed, there may be a delay in receiving an email from a Registration Officer.

Once registration is complete, an email with instructions will be sent to you on how to make your payment. Please follow the instructions in that email to make your payment for the Personal Training Module ($543, subject to change). Please note: students are required to make their payment within 24 hours to complete their registration once they receive their instructions email from one of our Registration Officers.

Students will only receive a payment confirmation email receipt once payment is received. Registration is not complete until payment is received by Douglas College.

Contact us

Registration: email Continuing Education

Sports Institute Office: email Sports Institute