Personal Training Entrepreneurship

The personal training profession offers diverse job opportunities for individuals interested in using their knowledge and skills to help people reach their health and fitness goals. Often personal trainers work in a gym or fitness center in order to work one-on-one with a person to coach them to reaching their training and fitness goals. Fresno City College's program includes two courses in entrepreneurship to provide foundational knowledge in starting your own business as a personal trainer. By the end of the certificate program, students can take the American College of Sports Medicine (ACSM) exam to become a certified trainer. 


  • Personal Training Entrepreneurship Certificate of Achievement 

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The Personal Training Entrepreneurship Certificate of Achievement  is offered by the Allied Health, Physical Education & Athletics Division. For more information, contact Chris Khal, Kinesiology and Sports Medicine instructor at 

Courses and Information

  1. Health and Fitness Courses - start by enrolling in Health 2, First Aid & Safety, and Health 3, Personal Fitness
  2. Physical Education courses including sports and fitness options - all students will take a weight training class - PE 15 A, PE 15 B or PE 15 C
  3. Business Entrepreneurship Courses - BA 51 and BA 52
  4. Hands-On Experience in an athletic environment

Check our Catalog for recommended sequence of courses.  See our Schedule of Classes to discover the days and times of classes.



Tuition for the California Community College system is $46 per unit. A student will need 14.5 units of completion for this certificate, or a total of $667 in tuition costs. Financial Aid, if available to the student, can cover tuition. Attend or review our Financial Aid Zoom workshop noted above.

Textbooks for this program are approximately $475 for new books. You can also look for used book options and rental options to save money.


Required Fees:

  • Health fee ($21 per semester, $13 if off campus/online per semester)
  • Associated Student Body fee ($2 per semester, but opportunity to waive the fee at the time of registration if the student so chooses)

Optional fees:

  • Parking pass ($30 per semester)
  • Student ID card ($5)

A student can pay in one or a combination of ways: directly using a credit card, through a grant (review our Financial Aid videos below for grant information), or with a scholarship or fee waiver through partner programs:

The Personal Trainer Entrepreneurship program prepares students to start a small personal fitness training business. The focus is on developing personal training skills and key business start-up skills. Personal trainers instruct or coach groups or individuals in exercise activities for the primary purpose of personal fitness. Trainers demonstrate techniques and form, observe participants, and explain to them corrective measures necessary to improve their skills. Upon successful completion of the Personal Trainer Entrepreneurship certificate, students are also eligible to apply for certification as a personal trainer.

Yes! The Personal Training Entrepreneurship certificate is stackable — the units count — toward an associate degree in Kinesiology or an associate degree in business. The units can also be used as undergraduate coursework toward the transferring to a 4-year institution of higher education.

Every 4-year college accepts coursework differently, however, several of the courses in the Personal Training Entrepreneurship Certificate transfer to Fresno State.

This Fitness Training Entrepreneurship program uses the same registration system as all California Community Colleges. A student must apply through CCCApply, if not already a California Community College student, in order to receive a student identification number. Once you have a student identification number, we can arrange for a counselor appointment to discuss the program and/or assist with registration through WebAdvisor.

The Fitness Training Entrepreneurship certificate is designed to deliver seven courses for a total of 14.5 units over two semesters. Most of the lecture classes are taught over a full semester and can be taken online, face-to-face or in a hybrid format. Required courses include physical education activity classes and CPR as well as courses to observe others performing physical activities.

The Fitness Training Entrepreneurship certificate requires participation in PE 18 A or B, a sports medicine lab consisting of 100 hours of supervised experience in an athletic setting.