Personal Trainer Certificate Program FAQs

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Personal Trainer Certificate Program Overview Questions

The Personal Trainer Certificate Program is a 10-month, full-time course. It is a blended online and in-person program. You can get certified to become a personal trainer in less than a year.

Once you complete the Personal Trainer program you will be able to work in a variety of settings, such as private fitness facilities, leisure and recreation centres, resorts and hotels and post-secondary schools. You can even become your own boss, taking on clients however it best suits your schedule and lifestyle. 

While not mandatory, graduates of MaKami’s Personal Trainer program can choose to take the American Council on Exercise (ACE) exam. The ACE personal training certification is widely recognized and allows you to practice in Canada, the USA and other international locations.

When you enroll in MaKami’s Personal Training program, you will receive an iPad with all your courses pre-loaded, as well as an American Council on Exercise (ACE) book, the leading handbook for professional personal trainers in the fieldIt is optional but recommended to take the ACE exam after graduating so you can become an ACE-certified personal trainer and work in Canada and internationally. 

There are many differences between MaKami’s Personal Training program and CanFitPro. Learn more about how to choose the right personal training certification for you, or check out MaKami’s personal training curriculum to learn more.

Yes it is! MaKami is recognized by the Government of Alberta’s Ministry of Advanced Education as we are a public post-secondary institution and listed on the Government of Canada’s list of Designated Learning Institutions. We are also in good standing with NHP CanadaCRMTA, and the Canadian Sports Massage Therapists Association.

Availability and Accessibility

This program is offered year-round at our Calgary and Edmonton campuses. Contact us for more information.

Eligibility and Admissions

Standard Admission

Students must meet the following criteria for standard admissions:
1. Minimum 17 years of age
2. Successful interview with school administration
3. Alberta high school diploma/non-Alberta equivalent

Mature Admission

Students using Mature Admissions for the Personal Trainer Program must meet the following criteria:
1. Minimum 18 years of age.
2. Successful interview with school administration
3. Successful completion of a Wonderlic Exam equal to grade 12 or above
OR Successful completion of a post-secondary program in Canada

Program Curriculum

View MaKami College’s Personal Trainer Certificate Program Curriculum to learn more about courses and hands-on training.

Reide, MaKami College Massage Therapy program graduate

It’s the culture of MaKami that sold me, you don’t just leave with the excellent education – you leave with relationships that are going to help support you throughout your career.

Reide / Massage Therapy Graduate
Freddy, MaKami College Massage Therapy program graduate

Doesn’t matter what campus you’re on, it’s the community that we make here at MaKami – with the staff and with the students – that makes it what it is. You’re a part of the community and so if you’re here at MaKami, you’re going to be well taken care of.

Freddy / Massage Therapy Graduate

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