Personal Training Certificate

Prepare to become a certified personal trainer

Learn the personal training skills and knowledge to help you get the national certification you want and build a foundation for starting in the profession.

The Personal Training Certificate gives you a basic understanding of the principles of personal training. You'll complete academically relevant courses that will prepare you to sit for one of three national certification exams:

  • National Strength and Conditioning Association (NSCA)
  • American College of Sports Medicine (ACSM)
  • American Council on Exercise (ACE)

You'll study the basics of human anatomy and physiology, exercise techniques, and program design—and hone your skills as a trainer.


  • The certificate in personal training is open to all IUPUI students, regardless of major, and can be pursued as a stand-alone degree or combined with an associate's or bachelor's degree.
  • In order to enroll in our certificate program, you must be admitted to IUPUI. If you are not currently admitted to IUPUI, you will need to meet the admission requirements established by IUPUI. For more information, visit

Certificate requirements:

  • Complete a minimum of 26 credits in accordance with the specified curriculum.
  • Earn a minimum grade of C in each course.
  • Required to have a minimum 2.0 overall grade point average.


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If you want more information about admission to our programs, visit our undergraduate admissions page.