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This course will provide information on how to keep you and others fit and well in a safety-oriented environment. Topics will include information on bones, muscles, toning, strengthening and gaining flexibility, principles for your circulatory system, safety, exercise ideas and basic nutrition. This course is BCRPA recognized. This course (or its equivalent) is a prerequisite to the Weight Training Instructor, Group Fitness Instructor, Yoga Instructor and Physiology of Aging and Exercise Adaptations (Third Age) Instructor courses. Includes manual and workbook.
See the A-Z Personal Training page for dates.
If the in-class schedule does not work with your schedule, not to worry, Douglas College offers the Fitness Theory Course online:
The Online CFES Fitness Theory Course is an alternative option for those students who are unable to attend the in-class Fitness Theory Course. Those student who wish to continue into the Personal Training Course will need to complete the Weight Training and Personal Training Modules in class once they pass and complete their BCRPA Fitness Theory Exam. Please Note: There is no online option for these modules - ONLY the Fitness Theory Course can be completed online through Douglas College. Please see below for module information.
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Students have access to animation / video recourses, as well as the course manual, program booklet, supplements and course assignments. Toll-free telephone tutor service. High-speed internet access is required.
YOU HAVE 1 YEAR FROM DATE OF REGISTRATION TO COMPLETE THE COURSE. THERE ARE NO TRANSFERS OR REFUNDS ON HOME STUDY PROGRAMS.
This in-class course is designed to provide practical teaching skills required to design basic programs for yourself and others. Some personal weight training experience is recommended.
Textbook from the Fitness Theory Course is used for this course. For students joining the program at this level, students are required to purchase the course textbook(not included in course fees). Please visit the Douglas College New Westminster Book Store prior to the course starting. For more information please contact the Program Assistant at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Supplemental textbook, Anatomy for Strength and Fitness Training (ISBN 007 147 5338), may also be purchased by the student on their own but not required.
See the A-Z Personal Training page for dates
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, others have spent a lifetime working out in a gym. 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.
NSCA's Essentials of Personal Training textbook is included in course fee. *Come dressed in fitness wear first night.
*Prerequisites: Full registration as a Weight Training Instructor with the BCRPA which includes successful completion of the following:
Students will be ready to write the BCRPA Personal Training exam after completing this course. Please see the A-Z Personal Training page for dates and times.