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Become A Trainer


Are you interested in becoming a personal trainer? All new trainers (with less than one year of regular training experience, certifications, and acceptable references), must apply for a spot in the Boston College Campus Recreation Personal Trainer Prep Course. 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.


Class Quick Facts

  • This course will be offered in fall 2014
  • This course will not be be offered in spring 2015
  • This course is only open to Boston College undergraduate and graduate students who are members of the Flynn Recreation Complex.
  • This course is MANDATORY for all new personal trainers (exceptions mentioned above) in order to apply for a trainer position with Boston College Campus Recreation.


How to Apply

  1. Attend an information session (dates and times listed below). This is the best way to learn about requirements to become a personal trainer. There is no need to reserve a spot.
    • September 2, 2014: 6-6:30 pm in MPRD at the Flynn Complex
    • September 3, 2014: 6-6:30 pm in MPRD at the Flynn Complex
  2. Interview and audition for a spot (September 8 - 11, 2014)
  3. Following the interview and audition, a decision email will be sent to each applicant. Registration information will be provided if accepted. The course will begin September 16, 2014.


Program Cost: $225 (includes course and study materials, but does not include ACE certification cost)

Program Start Date: September 16, 2014

Program End Date: December 2014

Class Time and Location:

  • Lecture is on Tuesdays, 4:30-6:30 pm at Flynn Recreation Complex
  • Lifting 101 Lab is on Thursdays from 7:15-8:15 am at the Flynn Recreation Complex
  • Assessment Lab – a one-time lab will be on a Friday during the semester for 3 hours, TBD


Certifications Needed

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 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