Rose State College Offers Micro-Credential Personal Trainer Program Published May 16, 2023

Kim Queri photo for the NISOD Excellence AwardNew program prepares individuals for the Certified Personal Trainer Exam

Rose State College is offering an exam prep course for individuals preparing for the National Strength and Conditioning Association (NSCA) – Certified Personal Trainer (CPT) exam. This four-week micro-credential personal trainer course provides in-depth coverage of the knowledge, skills and abilities required of personal trainers.

“With the significant increase in exercise trainers and group fitness instructors expected In Oklahoma in the coming years, providing training for this career path is especially crucial,” Rose State Health and Sport Sciences Professor Elizabeth Brown said. “By offering this micro-credential program, we are equipping our students with the educational tools necessary to succeed in the health and sports sciences industry.”

The United States Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS) suggests that careers in Health and Sports Sciences are outpacing the average expected job growth rate from 2021 to 2030 faster than the average for all occupations. The job market expects increased Health and Sport Sciences job openings as current workers transfer to different occupations or retire from the labor force.

According to a report published by the Oklahoma State Regents for Higher Education (OSRHE), Health and Sport Sciences jobs show a projected increase of 54% by 2030 – the most significant percentage increase in the OK 100 critical occupations. This micro-credential and the associated national certificate license provide the necessary tools for students to move into this field as certified personal trainers. 

The course provides special coverage to the most relevant exam content, covering four key areas: Client Consultation/Fitness Assessment, Program Planning, Techniques of Exercise, and Safety and Emergency Procedures and Legal Issues.

A micro-credential is a group of activities or projects that provide specific development of career-critical skills. This micro-credential combines a prep course for National Strength and Conditioning Association (NSCA) Certified Personal Trainer (CPT) exam, passing the NSCA CPT exam and current CPR/ AED certification by American Red Cross or American Heart Association. 

The first four-week course will be offered June 5 through July 1 and is 100% online. Students can register at

The class fee with book expenses is $339. Students who complete the course to the instructor's satisfaction and pass their national certification test within six months of the class will receive a reimbursement for the class, book expenses and the $300 cost of attaining their NSCA certification.

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