Fitness Trainer: Primary Aerobic, Continuing Education Workforce Certificate

Primary Aerobic Fitness Trainers coach or instruct groups or individuals in exercise activities. Demonstrate techniques and form, observe participants, and explain to them corrective measures necessary to improve their skills. Work in athletic centers or gyms, senior centers, recreation centers, or private clients' homes.  

Program objectives

Upon successful completion of this Continuing Education Workforce Certificate, students will be able to:

  1. function more effectively as a primary aerobic fitness trainer working with individuals or small groups to achieve their fitness goals through cardiovascular exercise;
  2. design and execute individual and small group fitness goals in a healthy and safe manner;
  3. proficient in conducting screenings to assess the physical needs of the client;
  4. meet the eligibility requirements to be certified as a primary aerobic fitness trainer through AAAI/ISMA;
  5. maintain a level of client confidentiality, personal integrity, and professional standards;
  6. continue employment as a primary aerobic fitness trainer and pursue options to maintain the American Aerobic Association International/International Sports Medicine Association (AAAI/ISMA); and
  7. assume responsibility for continued professional and personal development through lifelong learning/continuing education.

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Course Credential

Successful Completion:

CCBC Credential: Students will have access to a Continuing Education academic record (transcript).

External Credential: Successful completer will receive a fitness certification from the American Aerobic Association International/ International Sports Medicine Association (AAAI/ISMA).

Certifying Organization: American Aerobic Association International/ International Sports Medicine Association (AAAI/ISMA)

Financial Aid and Payment Options

  • Partial Payment Option (through Nelnet Business Solutions)
  • Tuition Waiver for those who qualify
  • Employer/Sponsor Paid Tuition
  • Division of Rehabilitation Services (DORS)
  • Local Office of Workforce Development

Length of Training

7 hours to complete the class and written exam.

Courses are offered at CCBC Catonsville Campus, CCBC Essex, and CCBC Owings Mills.

Course Requirements

Current CPR, Automated External Defibrillator (AED) and First Aid certifications.

Students should be computer literate and have Internet access.

Recommended: High School Diploma or GED; prior experience and/or interest in fitness and nutrition.

Application Process

Provisional Entry – Verification of required certifications.

Prior Learning Assessment

This program has no options for obtaining course waiver(s) for prior learning.

Course Sequence


Course Number

Course Title

Course Hours

Textbook Information

(approximate cost; subject to change)




Primary Aerobic Trainer Certification


Recommended study guide: Studies in Exercise; $29

This study guide must be purchased and read prior to the start of class.



A stringent attendance policy will be enforced.

Students who earn a minimum score of 80% on the written exam and a passing grade of "CC" for completing the course will receive their certification.

Additional Information

Skills for Success:

Previous work-related skill, knowledge or experience in health and fitness is required for fitness trainer occupations. Employees in these positions usually need one or two years of training that involve both on-the-job experience and informal training with experienced personal trainers or fitness instructors.

Detail-oriented; dependability; self-control; ability to follow safety rules; ability to follow directions; cooperation; integrity; persistence; manual dexterity; mechanical aptitude; mathematical aptitude; ability to stand for long periods of time; ability to lift 35 pounds; excellent communication and customer service skills.

Career Opportunities:

​Train to work in entry-level skilled positions such as Personal Fitness Trainer, Aerobics Instructor, Fitness Instructor, Group Fitness Instructor, Group Exercise Instructor, Fitness Coordinator, Fitness Director, Fitness Technician, Fitness Trainer and Private Trainer

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Contact Information

Coordinator: LaVerne Robertson | | 443-840-1253 | Essex | BESS | 124

Director: Michelle McCallum | | 443-840-1925 | Essex | BESS | 117