Transform Lives with a Career in Health, Fitness, & Nutrition

Pursue your passion and help others achieve their fitness goals with Penn Foster Career School. Our online personal training certification courses are designed to teach you important aspects of working as a fitness trainer, from healthy menu planning and weight-loss strategies to targeted fitness routines and anatomy. Follow your career goals and make school work for you — train at home or on-the-go at a pace that's right for you.

Prepare for the NCSF certification exam

In the final course of the program, students register for and take the National Council on Strength and Fitness (NCSF) certification exam at an NCSF-approved test center. To prepare for the exam, students receive a home-study package, including the Advanced Concepts of Personal Training Textbook (Hard Copy and Digital), e-learning access (consisting of 40 individuals lessons each with Learning Goals, Lesson Video, Q & A along with Unit and final practice exam, access to exercise video library of 140 exercises), and Exam Voucher. Upon passing the exam, you'll become an NCSF Certified Personal Trainer.
Prepare for the NCSF certification exam
Why Choose Penn Foster Career School?
Start and Study When You Want
Learn at home or on the go through our custom-designed, mobile-friendly student portal, available 24/7.
Dedicated Success Coaches
A Committed Support System
While you can study at home, you're not alone! Our dedicated Student Services Department, Student Community, and instructors are just a call or email away.
On-Demand Learning
On-Demand Learning
With no set class schedules, you can set the pace and take your personal fitness trainer course online when you can. Learn at home or on the go.
Self paced
Set Your Goals and Pace
Customize your study schedule with progress-tracking and goal-setting tools that keep you moving forward.​
Proven Reputation
With 58,000 + graduates in 2019 from our accredited high school, career school, and college, you're in good hands!
Connect with Other Students
Connect in real-time with other Personal Trainer students as part of the Penn Foster Community.
Why Become a Certified Personal Trainer?
Fitness is one trend that never goes out of style. Join a growing industry that is expected to add more than 45,700 personal training jobs through 2028.¹ Personal trainers work in gyms, health clubs, resorts and hotels, schools, or private homes. Fitness trainers and instructors make an annual salary of $40,390.¹ This field is exciting, challenging, and most of all rewarding as you help others to improve the quality of their lives.
Why Become a Certified Personal Trainer?
Student Experience

A Customized Learning Experience

With mobile-friendly coursework, progress-tracking and goal-setting tools, virtual simulations, and informative videos to help you succeed, the Penn Foster Experience (PFx) is online learning like no other.
Personal Trainer Course Details
In the Penn Foster Career School Certified Personal Trainer program, you will study topics such as strength training and flexibility, how to respond to minor injuries and emergency situations, nutrition basics, and how to monitor clients’ progress. In the final course of the program, you can register for and take their Personal Trainer Certification Exam at an NCSF-approved test center.
Penn Foster Curriculum
With flexible, affordable payment options, you can get started with your Certified Personal Trainer online courses today.
Joining Penn Foster is the best choice anyone can make. They are so understanding. They are very helpful and they push you too reach your goals.
Maria G
Penn Foster Graduate
Certified Personal Trainer student
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¹ Bureau of Labor Statistics, U.S. Department of Labor, Occupational Outlook Handbook, Fitness Trainers and Instructors, on the Internet here (visited June 16, 2020). Statements found in the United States Department of Labor Occupational Outlook Handbook are not a guarantee of any post-graduation salary, in part because the data used to create the Occupational Outlook Handbook includes workers from differing educational backgrounds, levels of experience, and geographic areas of the country.