Certified Personal Trainer Course

Following the Foundations of Coaching Course, graduates spend two additional weeks on campus to become Certified Personal Trainers with continued emphasis on UHP’s distinctive pillars of Think, Train, Feel, and Lead. Students graduate fully prepared to work as health and performance coaches in various professional wellness settings.

Students can expect morning training sessions and physically intensive educational experiences throughout each day. In addition, students participate in practical application sessions on the training floor with the instructors. This time is spent applying the knowledge gained in the classroom to real world training scenarios. Students will be exposed to best practices in strength and conditioning as well as other strategies from subject matter experts in the field of health and human performance. Physical Training (PT) is part of the daily routine. The purpose of daily PT is to prime students for the day under the guidance of expert coaching.
Graduate Assistants (GAs), each a UHP graduate, lead classroom and small group study sessions. Time with GAs involves review of the educational information and gives students the ability to address any questions about exam material. Occasionally, UHP will invite experts in the pillars of Think, Train, Feel, and Lead to serve as guest instructors. Guest instructors are brought in to give a balanced approach and add value to the student learning experience.
‍Each day at camp, in a supportive group environment, students will have the opportunity to reflect on their lived experiences. This session is focused on sharing, with personal growth as the objective. Through reflection, the goal of this time is to raise self-awareness, and empower students.

Certification vs Qualification

There are many personal training certifications out there. UHP is a uniquely different experience from other training programs. Graduates are not simply certified personal trainers, but are also highly empowered and equipped to step into roles as coaches. Many unique aspects of being a health and performance coach are not covered in the certification curriculum, so we provide our students with a holistic approach through the core elements of The Blueprint.

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Method of Delivery

Apart from exam preparation, the topics covered within the content categories below are brought to life through an interactive setting that prioritizes a "learn by doing" approach, focusing on practical application of concepts needed to succeed as a health and performance coach.

Content

The curriculum is composed of four main blocks of education defined by four primary categories, encompassing a total of 145.5 hours (when combined with Foundations of Health and Performance, total class hours is 200). 

Theory of Coaching (33.5 Hours)
  1. Overview of the University of Health & Performance
    a. Introduction to learning objective and how the four pillars of UHP- Think, Train, Feel, and Lead- comprehensively qualify graduates to work in the field of health and performance coaching
  2. Client/Athlete Evaluation
    a. Learn and understand the importance of assessing clients throughout their training to effectively achieve their goals safely and responsibly
  3. Anatomy and Physiology
    a. Learn how physiological systems interact with one another
  4. Program Design
    a. Learn to develop effective, all-encompassing training programs for a diverse population of clients
  5. Lifestyle Enhancement
    a. Develop and understand the importance that nutrition, recovery, and sleep play in training and the healthy lifestyle of individuals
  6. Exams and Quizzes
    a. Instructor lead checks on learning in preparation for the final exam
Practice of Coaching (56 Hours)
  1. Client/Athlete Assessment
    a. Apply the knowledge of assessing a client in a manner that aligns with their exercise, training, and life goals
  2. Program Design
    a. Practice the implementation of a training program from the role of a coach and trainer
  3. Lifestyle Enhancement
    a. Practical nutrition and active recovery education for longevity and health
  4. Hands-on Coaching and Training
    a. Participate in training and coaching sessions in which techniques, safety, and methodologies are actively taught and implemented
  5. CPR/AED and First Aid
    a. Hands-on training and assessment ensuring students are CPR/AED and First Aid qualified and certified
Psychology of Coaching (42.5 Hours)
  1. Introduction to Purpose Blueprint
    a. Understand the importance mental and emotional roles play in establishing the process of behavior change
  2. Art of Coaching
    a. Develop the proper skills to build relationships, influence motivation, and communicate effectively with clients
  3. Mental Health, Performance, and Well-Being
    a. Experience an overview of the general concepts of sports and performance psychology and how self-reflection plays a role in personal growth
Business of Coaching (12.5 Hours)
  1. Client Interaction Management
    a. Learn the importance of communication in developing a business
  2. Business Development and Networking
    a. Review business types, structure, and financial plans required of running a business
    b. Learn how to network for career growth and success
  3. Employment Preparation
    a. Learn to create and use effective tools such as cover letters, resumes, interviews, and social media in the process of business development
  4. Self-Employment Basics
    a. Understand how to develop a business plan and get started as an entrepreneur