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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 Rec Sport 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).    

Fall 2022

The BuckeyePT Prep Course is a free in-house training program designed to prepare full time Ohio State students who are interested in becoming a personal trainer for the Dept. of Recreational Sports. This program is lecture based as well as hands on. The students will meet two to three times per week for the entirety of the semester, learning material on human anatomy, training physiology, program design, etc. Students who finish the course and pass their Certified 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. 

BuckeyePT Prep consists of weekly lectures and small group trainings. 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. 

Course Dates: September 12 – November 28

Time: Lectures: Mondays 4 - 6 p.m. (in-person), Small groups: are schedule on your availability (in-person).

Location: RPAC

Cost: Free (only fully enrolled Columbus campus Ohio State students may apply). 

Application will open here August 1 – September 2  


Spring 2023

The ACE (American Council on Exercise) Personal Training Prep Course is a lecture based program that is open to Recreational Sports members and nonmembers. The class will meet online once a week for 10 weeks, reviewing lecture material on human anatomy, training physiology, program design, etc. The course prepares participants to take the ACE CPT exam and become a certified personal trainer. There is a cost associated with this program, however participants will receive a discount on the ACE CPT exam; Traditional ACE exam cost: $499, Ohio State Discounted ACE exam cost: $399*

Course Dates: February 6— April 17* 

Time: Mondays 3 - 5 p.m. (online and lectures are recorded)*

Location: Zoom 

Cost: Rec Sport Member Price: $100, Nonmember Price: $150*

Registration will open here December 5 – February 3

*Spring 2023 Programing subject to change


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