Personal Trainers consist of student staff in the ARC and CRCE facilities. Applicants interested in the position of a personal trainer with Campus Recreation should know that there will be additional training required for the process of getting nationally certified. The training required to be a personal trainer consists of a semester long program where you will receive paid in-house training. During this in-house training, you will be expected to study on your own for an approved national certification to supplement your in-house training. Campus Recreation supports the following personal training certifications: ACEACSMNASM, and NSCA. The average cost to get certified is about $500.

Campus Recreation has an educational alliance with the National Academy of Sports Medicine and students can receive a 20% discount on their educational materials and exam. You will just need to contact NASM directly and let them know you are with the University of Illinois and would like to receive the discount.

Before you can start working with clients you must first successfully complete our in-house training program/practicals and obtain an approved national certification.

Mandatory In-house Training Times and Dates for Fall 2016:

  • Coming soon

Student Positions

Personal Trainer

Educate clients and enforce policies regarding safe and proper use of equipment and facility. Develop, document, and implement one-on-one, partner, or group workout programs that match the needs and goals of clients. Instruct clients on basic exercise physiology and inform them as to proper lifting and exercise techniques. Providing all the necessary information, techniques, and proper procedures for working out and helping patrons stay active and healthy.

Personal Training Preparatory Course – Spring 2017

This Spring, Campus Recreation will be holding a class for students interested in working as personal trainers.  The class will be held at the ARC for 6 weeks from January 24th-March 3rd.  The class will meet twice a week in the evenings from 6-7:30pm on Tuesdays and Thursdays.  Upon completion of the class, in addition to obtaining your personal training certification through a nationally accredited organization, you will have the opportunity to interview for a personal training position at Campus Recreation.  If you are interested, please apply online and specify that you are interested in personal training.  All applications must be received by December 4th at 11:59pm. More information (pdf)

Program Assistant
  • Previous experience in supervising and instructing participants in a fitness environment is required.
  • Includes office responsibilities associated with the successful operation of the personal training program. They are responsible for assigning new clients to the personal training staff and assisting with educational offerings for our personal trainers. They will also assist with client tracking, report generation, and the payroll procedures associated with the personal training program.
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