Become A Personal Fitness Trainer

Help yourself by helping others! The personal fitness trainer program at SOCHi puts you on the path to become a certified personal trainer and start a stable career in the fitness industry.

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How to get your Personal Fitness Trainer Certification:

The personal fitness trainer program at Southern California Health Institute (SOCHi) puts you on the path to helping yourself while you help others by starting an exciting career in the fitness industry.

Fitness Training Certification

Of all the fitness certification programs, the Personal Fitness Trainer Program at Southern California Health Institute (SOCHi) prepares the student for an entry-level career as a personal fitness trainer swiftly and successfully.

Getting certified to work in the fitness industry is a rewarding choice. Your education at Sochi will help you transform lives, starting with your own. If you’d like to make fitness and nutrition a lifelong passion, then we’d like to be part of building your future.

Start your journey towards a personal trainer certification at our personal trainer school by enrolling in our hybrid online classes today.

5 Reasons to Choose SOCHi

  • Sochi is an Accredited Institution: Southern California Health Institute is nationally accredited by Accrediting Council for Continuing Education & Training (ACCET)
  • Fast Path to Your Career Some programs can be completed in as little as 9 months.
  • Hands-On Learning Experience: You'll learn using the same equipment you'll use on the job.
  • Financial aid and scholarships available for those who qualify.
  • Career Services: At Sochi, we're here to help you in your career search!

Personal Fitness Training Program Overview

Personal Fitness Trainer Program

Our personal fitness trainer school is now offering an online-based Personal Fitness Trainer/Health and Wellness Professional (Hybrid IDL). Get a head start on your education and become a Personal Trainer. Our comprehensive curriculum is based on scientific research and fitness expert experience and aligns with key critical occupational skills and abilities.

A combination of scientific content areas, laboratory performance domains, and work-related activities allows students to experience a blend of didactic and hands-on learning.

You will have the opportunity to apply all this foundational knowledge in our on-campus gym, training your classmates and developing the interpersonal skills that are crucial to being a successful motivator and fitness mentor in your client’s life.

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We Are Certified

Our school is nationally accredited by the Accrediting Council for Continuing Education & Training (ACCET).

Affordable Education

At SOCHi, Financial Aid is available for all those who qualify. Grants, scholarships, payment plans, and more!

Job Placement Assistance

Our career cervices department assists those who qualify with getting you hired, from resume workshops to partnerships with healthcare facilities.

Discover the Rewards of a Career in the Health & Wellness Industry

Southern California Health Institute’s (SOCHi) mission is to provide quality allied health programs in an environment of academic learning to produce empathetic and compassionate allied health workers dedicated to the ethical and social principles of the profession. At Southern California Health Institute, you'll receive career-focused training that will prepare you for a successful healthcare career. Learn more today.

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Is Personal Trainer Career Right for You?

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The fun, online quiz takes 3 minutes to complete and you’ll get a personalized report. Identify your strengths and social style plus the training and positions you’re best suited for.


Below are answers to the Personal Fitness Program's most commonly asked questions.

  • What Does a Personal Fitness Trainer Do?
  • What Do You Learn In Personal Training Certification?
  • Where Can I Work as a Personal Fitness Trainer?
  • How Long is The Program?
  • Are There Any Requirements?
  • When is The Next Class?
  • Does It Cost Money To Apply?
  • Do You Offer Grants/Scholarships/Discounts?
  • Where Do I Get Started?

Personal fitness training is the act of leading or instructing an individual or group of individuals in exercise. Their goals also include demonstrating specific movements or activities and motivating their clients to continue to reach their fitness goals. When it comes to how to become a fitness trainer it is important to know exactly what it entails. Becoming a fitness trainer doesn’t just mean “showing someone how to work out”.

Here are just a few of the duties of a Personal Fitness Trainer:

  • Demonstrate proper exercises related to targeting specific parts of the body.
  • Explain routines that parallel specific fitness goals and improve fitness.
  • Watch over clients during exercises to minimize injury and implement the proper technique.
  • Assess different fitness levels in clientele and provide alternative routines and exercises when needed.
  • Monitoring client progress to ensure that exercises’ are modified when a different fitness level is achieved to ensure improvement is continuous.
  • Advise clients on resources and information available in regards to nutrition and lifestyle choices.
  • Apply first aid if need be.
In your personal trainer classes you will learn a combination of scientific content areas, laboratory performance domains, and work-related activities allowing students to experience a blend of didactic and hands-on learning. Courses include anatomy and physiology, kinesiology of human movement, principles of weight management, exercise physiology, exercise psychology, sports-specific training, corrective exercise, client assessment, fitness program design, professional development, leadership skills, and first aid and CPR. When it comes to personal training courses, SOCHi dives deep.
  • Athletic Trainer
  • Boot Camp Trainer
  • Corporate Fitness Coach
  • Corporate Wellness Programs
  • Cruise Ships
  • Day Spas
  • Fitness Centers
  • Group Exercise Instructors
  • Gyms
  • Health Club Personal Trainer
  • Luxury Resort Personal Trainer
  • Physical Therapy Offices
  • Resort Hotels
  • Sports Medicine Facilities
  • Weight Loss Centers
The program can be completed in about 9 months!
Just a high school Diploma and an eager mind. We will help you with the rest.
SOCHi is routinely enrolling for new classes. Please reach out to an admissions advisor today at (818) 980-8990 to see when you can start. The answer is usually soon!
Nope, just pick up the phone or inquire through our website.
Yes, our Financial aid department offers various ways of assistance to fund personal training courses to those who qualify. Just inquire within!
Fill out the registration form on this page or call us at (818) 980-8990 to start your journey to become a PFT at our accredited personal training school in Los Angeles!