Professional Fitness Trainer Certifications 

Professional Fitness Trainer Certification Pathways

Premier Program

Premier Level

Beginning October 22, 2018!

8 weeks

76 contact hours

One course

Weekly instructor led webinars

Four, 4-hour live labs (Saturday's 1-5pm)

Life Time Academy Certificate of Completion

1 NASM Certification

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Elite Program

Elite Level

Beginning October 22, 2018!

16 weeks

214 contact hours

Three courses

Weekly instructor led webinars

Four, 4-hour live labs (Saturday's 1-5pm)

120-hour Externship

Business Education and Training Application course

Life Time Academy Certificate of Completion

1 NASM Certification

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Master Program

Master Level

Beginning August 27, 2018!

32 weeks

388 contact hours

Seven courses

Weekly instructor led webinars

Weekly live-labs (Tuesday evenings 5:30-8pm)

120-hour Externship

Business Education and Training Application courses

Life Time Academy Certificate of Completion

1 NASM Certification

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Why choose Life Time Academy?

Life Time Academy combines flexible online coursework with live hands-on learning to provide a comprehensive educational experience. Students will complete the program with the professional-level confidence in their knowledge, skills and abilities.

Life Time Academy is a state-licensed, nationally accredited vocational education institution.  Life Time Academy is accredited by the Accrediting Council for Education and Training (ACCET), a U.S. Department of Education nationally recognized agency.

How is Life Time Academy Different?

Experiential hands-on learning in a premier fitness facility.

120+ hour, 8-week externship/internship as a capstone to student learning.

Industry recognized certifications with a science-based curriculum.

Life Time Academy students have a 93% pass rate on their NASM exam (CPT).

      Instructor-led courses with faculty who are working professionals within the industry.

Potential Employment Opportunities*

72% of Life Time Academy graduates are now working in the health fitness field.

72% of graduates working in the health fitness field are now working for Life Time as a full time Personal Trainer.

Top performing students are guaranteed an interview with Life Time Fitness.

*Employment of fitness trainers and instructors is expected to grow by 24% from 2010 to 2020, faster than the average for all occupations. (BLS 2014)

What knowledge and skills will I gain?

Nationally recognized certifications

Foundational exercise science knowledge

Ability to apply knowledge in a real-world environment

Communication and customer service skills

Business and marketing skills

Knowledge of motivation and behavior change

Assessment, risk stratification, progressive program design

Nutrition, supplementation and overall wellness considerations

Understanding of multiple special conditions

Risk management and proper documentation

When do classes start?

Master Level starts every March & August

Elite & Premier Levels starts every May & October

What are the time requirements?

15-18 hours per week, which includes lab time.Time management is important.Life Time Academy is sensitive to the fact that most students are working in addition to going to school.However, we also want to prepare you as quickly as possible to be ready to move into a new career.

How is the externship/internship structured?

Externship days and times may include, but are not limited to:

Monday-Friday (6-9am or 9am-12pm) or

Monday-Thursday (5-8pm) and Saturday (9-noon).

*exceptions to these times are based on individual student performance.

I would like to see the facilities and visit the school, what are my options?

Find our campus locations HERE to schedule a Meet'n'Greet with an instructor or to learn more about upcoming Open Houses, please CONTACT US TODAY!

Will I have access to the Life Time Fitness facility outside of class time?

Yes! Another advantage of being a student with Life Time Academy is you are granted a student membership during the time of your program. If you are currently a member of Life Time Fitness your membership dues will be adjusted accordingly. We encourage students to utilize the facilities and services.

I have never taken an online course before, what should I do?

Prior to starting classes, students are required to attend an online orientation so they know how to utilize the e-learning platform.

What is tuition?

Master Level Program Tuition is $5,075.Total program cost is approx. $6,260.Program costs include required application, supplies, activity & lab fees, as well as books. Tuition and fees are subject to change. Actual costs will be provided once a student applies.  Premier and Elite Level course options are available starting at $1,861. Inquire with admissions to learn more.  

Do you offer or accept federal financial aid?

As a nationally accredited school we will be accepting federal financial aid in the near future.  However, we currently offer tuition financing payment plans to assist students.  

Can Military students use the Post 9/11 GI Bill?

No, Life Time Academy cannot accept the GI Bill for tuition. However, we are approved as a vendor for vocational rehabilitation benefits through the VA.

Do you offer job placement?

If your desired outcome is to work for Life Time Fitness, top performing students have a great opportunity to be employed and the majority of our students do receive job offers. 100% of the graduating students receive an interview with Life Time Fitness. Life Time Academy does not guarantee employment.