Personal training is a flexible career option that is part of a thriving, booming industry. Learn to help clients move away from enduring exercise and strive towards enjoying exercise.

Whether for personal or professional enrichment, this program will set you on a path to providing motivation and education when promoting safe, physical activity. This certificate provides you with a compact but comprehensive overview of fitness theory, resistance training and so much more!

Gain the experience you need to create a solid foundation that your clientele can trust. Led by industry experts and based on national standards, you can expect to learn through hands-on activities. Successful trainers will learn to administer individualized, safe, effective and appropriate exercise by applying current recommended guidelines.

You’ll learn the basic theory behind fitness leadership and explore topics such as anatomy, physiology, applied movement mechanics, principles of training, workout design, basic nutrition, as well as the structure and approach to fitness classes. The structure and approach to fitness classes.

Find employment leading fitness programs within community organizations, gyms or fitness centres. Start your own business in the community or ladder your credentials. Gain additional certifications, including, but not limited to, health and wellness areas such as yoga, sports conditioning and Pilates.


An application is not required for this program.

English is the language of instruction at Assiniboine. All applicants educated outside of Canada or in a country not on the test exempt list are expected to meet the English language proficiency requirement. See assiniboine.net/elp for more information.

If you don’t meet these admission requirements please visit our adult learning page for more information on assessment of special circumstances.


Sign-up and stay informed! Courses for this program are not offered for this term. Visit assiniboine.net/cs-signup

Careers & Connections


  • working within community organizations leading fitness programs;
  • employment in gym or fitness centres;
  • or starting your own fitness business in the community.


This program is offered in partnership with the Manitoba Fitness Council.



Tools & Supplies

Books are included in the cost of tuition for each course.

At-Home Computing

For this program, you are expected to have access to a computer at home. It should have a webcam, microphone and internet access to enable remote learning for the theory portions of your programs.

At-Home Computing Information

Courses & Costs

To receive a Registered Personal Trainer document of achievement, students must successfully complete 60 academic hours.

Tuition, fees and Student Association fees total approximately $1,230. These estimated costs do not include the written exam, charged and preformed by the Manitoba Fitness Council.

Course Title

Course Number


Exercise Theory*
Resistance Training*
Registered Personal Trainer**

Continuing Studies courses are offered on various dates and during varying time slots. To see upcoming courses, please visit our Continuing Studies’ course catalogue. You must search by the course title, not by program name (e.g. Fitness Theory, not Registered Personal Trainer).

If you cannot find the course you are interested in, please contact Continuing Studies at Assiniboine directly at continuingstudies@assiniboine.net or 204.725.8725.

*Requires an exam to be written through Manitoba Fitness Council. 

**Requires a practical evaluation through the Manitoba Fitness Council.

For more information on the exams/practical evaluation, please contact the Manitoba Fitness Council at 204.235.1245 or email info@manitobafitnesscouncil.ca.

Fast Facts

Frequently Asked Questions

Why are courses not offered every term for this program?

Courses in a program are offered based on several considerations such as, but not limited to, instructor availability, seasonality, demand, etc.