Wednesday, June 19, 2019

NASM & CGCC Partner to Boost Personal Training Careers

The National Academy of Sports Medicine (NASM) and Chandler-Gilbert Community College (CGCC) announced a strategic academic partnership to deliver the top health and fitness curriculum and training methodology in a hands-on, classroom setting for new certified personal fitness trainers.

“True to our mission of providing students with a solid educational foundation, our goal is to create the premier fitness training school allowing for an in-depth educational experience,” said Dr. Greg Peterson, CGCC President. “To achieve this objective, we knew it was critical to align ourselves with the fitness certification program that would best prepare our students for a successful career as a professional fitness trainer. We chose to partner with NASM because of its reputation as an industry leader.”

NASM, a global leader in personal training certification, sports performance training and injury prevention and recovery, is the premier certifying body and education authority for Certified Personal Trainers (CPT). Accredited by the National Commission for Certifying Agencies (NCCA), the NASM CPT credential is the preferred choice of top health clubs and fitness facilities around the world.  Students who complete the certified personal trainer program earn a variety of health and fitness skills, including:

  • Conducting accurate fitness assessments
  • Recruiting and retaining clients
  • Developing evidence-based exercise programs
  • Teaching and demonstrating proper techniques
  • Empowering, challenging and motivating clients toward an improved quality of life

“Through this collaboration with Chandler-Gilbert Community College we’re making our CPT program much more accessible and creating a long-term career path for health and fitness professionals looking to advance their education,” said Andrew Wyant, president of the National Academy of Sports Medicine.

After completing and passing the NASM-CPT exam, graduates have the opportunity to pursue flexible, and financially rewarding careers in a variety of settings such as multi-purpose health clubs, corporate fitness centers, independent business operators, community centers and more.

“We are excited to provide the opportunity for students to learn the NASM Personal Training curriculum through face to face instruction with hands-on learning experiences,” said Dr. Kim McGee, Exercise Science Program Director at CGCC. “It is our goal to help students start a career in personal training while making a college degree achievable. Students in our personal training program will earn credit towards an associates degree in Exercise Science as well as gain transferable credit to four-year universities, including ASU, NAU and GCU.”

Students interested in becoming a NASM certified personal trainer at Chandler-Gilbert Community College should contact Dr. Kim McGee at

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