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Recreational Sports

Become a Personal Trainer

Are you interested in taking your fitness and wellness knowledge to the next level? Do you want to help others reach their fitness goals? Rec Sports offers two training programs to prepare students, members and nonmembers become nationally certified personal trainers. Both semester long programs will prepare participants to take a nationally recognized personal training exam (American Council on Exercise).   

Spring 2021

The BuckeyePT Prep Course is a free in-house training program designed to prepare full time students who are interested in becoming a personal trainer at Ohio State. This program is lecture based as well as hands on. The students will meet 2-3x per week for the entirety of the semester, learning material on human anatomy, physiology, program design, etc. Students who finish the course and pass their Personal Training exam are then eligible for hire at Recreational Sports. Application directions are listed below. Students who already hold a personal training certification still must complete the BuckeyePT Prep Course, but their process has the potential to be expedited. 

For Spring 2021 BuckeyePT Prep will be offered virtually.  This includes weekly lectures and small groups.  Small groups will be scheduled based on you and your peers’ availability and small groups meeting times will be decided during the first week of the course. Students must complete the following to be eligible for personal trainer employment with Recreational Sports: attend lectures/small groups, pass in-house personal training exam, pass mock client session, and obtain a nationally recognized personal training certification such as ACE CPT. NOTE: Due to a current hiring freeze there could possibly be a delay in new hire employment. 

Course Dates: February 15- April 30

Time: Lectures: Monday’s 4-6pm (online), Small groups: are schedule on your availability and are online.

Location: Zoom

Cost: Free (only full time Ohio State students may apply.)

Application: Deadline January 29, Apply Here  


Summer 2021

The ACE (American Council on Exercise) Prep Course is a lecture based program that is open to students, Recreational Sports members and nonmembers. The class will meet online once a week for 12 weeks, reviewing lecture material on human anatomy, physiology, program design, etc. The course prepares participants to take the ACE exam and become a certified personal trainer. There is a cost associated with this program, however participants will receive a discount on all study materials and the final exam; Traditional ACE exam cost: $499, Ohio State Discounted ACE exam cost: $399

Course Dates: TBD*

Time: TBD

Location: TBD 

Cost: Cost: Member Price: $100.  Nonmember Price: $150

*Summer programming is TBD.


For more questions about these programs please contact the Personal Training Coordinator, Mitch Miceli.