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How To Become An Instructor Or Trainer

Would you like to become a Personal Trainer for BCRec next year?
 
Attend an information session to hear about how we hire our trainers and the required preparatory coursework and certifications.
 
When: 4/25 from 2:30-3pm in MPRD or 4/28 from 6:30-7:30pm in MPRD

The next personal trainer prep course will be offered in the fall of 2014. Please email the Assistant Director of Fitness and Wellness Hilary De Vries at Hilary.DeVries@bc.edu if you have any questions on how to become a personal trainer.

 

Group Fitness Instructor In-Training Program (GFI In-Training Program)

Are you interested in becoming a group fitness instructor? All new instructors (with less than one year of regular teaching experience, certifications, and acceptable references), must apply for a spot in the Boston College Campus Recreation Group Fitness Instructor Training Program (GFIT Program). Space is limited. If accepted, trainees must successfully complete all requirements before becoming a staff member for Boston College Campus Recreation. Employment is not guaranteed. Please note: this program is not for yoga instructors. A 200-hour yoga certification is required to become a yoga instructor. Please contact Group Fitness Coordinator Jeannette Romeo at Jeannette.Romeo@bc.edu if you have any questions on how to become a yoga instructor.

Class Quick Facts

  • This course will be offered in spring 2014. Class dates and times are listed below.
  • This course will not be offered in fall 2014.
  • This course is only open to Boston College undergraduate and graduate students who are members of the Flynn Recreation Complex.
  • This course is MANDATORY to all new group fitness instructors in all formats (with the exception of yoga) in order to apply for an instructor position with Boston College Campus Recreation.

How to Apply

  1. First, attend an information session. The best way to learn about requirements to become an instructor with BC Rec is to attend the info session. There is no need to reserve a spot in one of the sessions. See below for the info session dates/times:

    • Tuesday, January 14th from 5:30-6:00pm in MPRD
    • Wednesday, January 15th from 7-7:30pm in MPRD
    • Thursday, January 16th from 5:30-6:00pm in MPRD

  2. Second, attend an audition and meet and greet. You’ll register for the audition and meet and greet at one of the info sessions listed above. The 30-minute group audition, 5-minute individual audition, and round-table meet and greet will help us get to know you better and make selections for the program. The audition and meet and greet will take about 2 hours on one of the following dates/times.

    • Monday, January 27th from 6:30am-8:30am in MPRA/B/C
    • Tuesday, January 28th from 6:30am-8:30am in MPRA/B/C
    • Wednesday, January 29th from 6:30am-8:30am in MPRA/B/C
  3. Third, after you complete the audition and meet and greet a decision email will be sent to each applicant. Registration information will be provided if accepted.

Program Cost: $75 (includes CPR/AED/First Aid certification)

Program Start Date: 2/7/14

Program End Date: 4/28/14

Class Times:

  • Friday, February 7th from 5:30pm-8pm
  • Saturday, February 8th from 9am-5pm
  • Saturday, March 15th from 9am-5pm
  • Saturday, April 5th from 9am-5pm

*attendance is mandatory at all classes for the whole time in order to complete the final audition.

Format-Specific Workshops:

These 2-hour workshops will be scheduled with the accepted participants at the start of the program. Not all workshops are mandatory for every student in the program.

  • Barre Fitness
  • Bootcamp/BC-X/X-Fit
  • Buns, Guns & Abs
  • Cardio Kickboxing
  • Power Pilates
  • Pump It Up
  • Spin
  • TBC-Step
  • Zumba

Course Description

This course combines lecture and hands-on experience to prepare students to become group fitness instructors. The lectures combine information from industry leaders in group fitness, including: American College of Sports Medicine (ACSM), American Council on Exercise (ACE), and Aerobics and Fitness Association of America (AFAA).

The course is designed to give students the knowledge and understanding necessary to study for a certification exam related to their group fitness format. Upon completion of the course group fitness instructors will need to pass the appropriate certification to begin teaching. Certification requirements will be reviewed on an individual basis.

Four class times are scheduled throughout the course of the semester. In addition to class times, shadowing requirements and assignments are required. If a student completes the course, but only chooses the shadowing requirements and assignments for one track, he or she can complete the shadowing requirements and assignments for the other track the following semester if given consent by the Assistant Director of Fitness and Wellness and the Group Fitness Coordinator. This consent is based on instructor need and should not be assumed. 

Shadowing and Assignments

In order to best prepare students participating in this course to become group fitness instructors there are weekly shadowing requirements and manual assignments. These are also mandatory in order to complete the course satisfactorily. A final exam will be given at the end of the course.

Attendance and Effort

Please keep in mind that this is ultimately a prolonged job interview. Attendance is mandatory to all classes. Absences will not be tolerated. Effort is definitely taken into consideration and is recognized. Being physically present in class is required, but being mentally present as well is noticed and will set you apart.

Hiring

Boston College students accepted into the program will be trained as Campus Recreation employees, but employment is competitive and not guaranteed upon completion of the program. Please refer to the Certifications section for requirements upon completion of the course.

Group Fitness Certifications

Group Fitness Instructors are required to participate in the prep course, unless they have one plus years of experience as a certified and employed Group Fitness Instructor, positive references, and satisfactorily complete an in-person interview and audition. New group fitness Instructors are required to participate in the prep course, but then they can choose which approved exam they would like to complete, based upon the class they would like to teach. In general, we encourage all instructors to complete the ACE Group Fitness Certification in addition to specialty certifications; however, this is not always required. Please see below for the certification(s) required (Primary) for each format. Secondary certifications are simply recommended. There are other beneficial secondary certifications and workshops that are not listed, such as the AFAA Primary Group Fitness Instructor Certification.

All Group Fitness Instructors employed by Boston College Campus Recreation must be certified in Adult CPR/AED/First Aid by the American Red Cross or American Heart Association. This certification should be completed in the spring and is part of your registration fee for the course.

Barre Fitness

Primary: Balanced Body Barre, The Booty Barre

Secondary: ACE Group Fitness Certification, Balanced Body Pilates, Stott Pilates, TotalBarre (need fitness certification before taking)

 

BC-X, Bootcamp, HIIT, X-FIT

Primary: ACE Group Fitness Certification

Secondary: Insanity Certification

 

Boxing Bootcamp

Primary: NASM Mixed Martial Arts Conditioning Specialist

Secondary: ACE Group Fitness Certification, AFAA KickBoxing Certification

 

Cardio Kickboxing

Primary: AFAA KickBoxing Certification

Secondary: ACE Group Fitness Certification

 

Mat Pilates

Primary: Balanced Body Pilates, Stott Pilates 

Secondary: ACE Group Fitness Certification 

 

Power Pilates

Primary: Power Pilates 

Secondary: ACE Group Fitness Certification

 

Pump It Up

Primary: ACE Group Fitness Certification  

Secondary: LesMills Body Pump (BC is not a licensed facility for Les Mills instructors, but this certification is still recommended and can be used at other licensed facilities)

 

Spin

Primary: Maddog Spinning Certification, Schwinn Program 

Secondary: ACE Group Fitness Certification

 

Total Body Conditioning Step

Primary: ACE Group Fitness Certification

Secondary: AFAA Step Certification, LesMills BodyStep (BC is not a licensed facility for Les Mills instructors, but this certification is still recommended and can be used at other licensed facilities)

 

Yoga

Primary: 200-hr RYT by the Yoga Alliance, ask Jeannette and Hilary for specific program recommendations

Secondary: ACE Group Fitness Certification

 

Yogalates

Primary: Yoga 200-hr and Mat Pilates (see certifications above under Yoga and Pilates), possibly YogaFit Level 1+ with extra work

Secondary: ACE Group Fitness Certification

 

Zumba

Primary: Zumba

Secondary: ACE Group Fitness Certification

 

Personal Training Certifications

Personal Trainers are required to participate in the prep course, unless they have one plus years of experience as a certified and employed personal trainer, positive references, and satisfactorily complete an in-person interview and audition. In general, we encourage all trainers to complete the ACE Personal Training Certification, but we also accept ACSM-PT, NSCA-PT, and NASM-PT. Workshops will be offered to help with specialty trainings, but see class titles for additional certifications that are accepted and encouraged based on our current small group class offerings and other personal interests. Refer to the certification websites for prerequisites, some of which may require the completion of an undergraduate degree.

 

Kettlebells 101

Kettlebell Concepts Level 1, Russian Kettlebell Certification (RKC)

 

Olympic Lifting

USAW Level 1 Sports Performance Coach

NSCA-CSCS (NCAA-Accredited Fitness Certification)

 

Sport-Specific Training

NSCA-CSCS (NCAA-Accredited Fitness Certification)

 

TRX

TRX Suspension Training Course Level 1 and 2, TRX Group Suspension Training Course Level 1 and 2

 

Additional ACE Certifications

Please keep in mind that we can’t be “specialists” in everything. Think of the certifications below as a deeper understanding. NCAA-Accreditation is a good thing to look for when exploring certifications.

  • ACE Health Coach (NCAA-Accredited Fitness Certification)
  • ACE Advanced Health & Fitness Specialist (NCAA-Accredited Fitness Certification)
  • Youth Fitness Specialist
  • Fitness Nutrition Specialist
  • Orthopedic Exercise Specialist
  • Weight Management Specialist
  • Sports Conditioning Specialist
  • Mind Body Specialist
  • Group Exercise Leadership Specialist
  • Therapeutic Exercise Specialist
  • Senior Fitness Specialist