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MAHWAH, N.J. Ramapo College is hosting the Personal Training Institute of America (PTIA) to begin preparing individuals for successful careers as Certified Personal Trainers. The course takes place at Ramapo College’s Bill Bradley Sports and Recreation Center on April 1-2, 9 a.m. – 4 p.m. There are no prerequisites to participate in the program.

The two-day, weekend intensive program on the Ramapo College campus includes more than 16 hours of lecture, demonstrations, and practical hands-on application. An online final exam is taken after the weekend intensive and CPR certification is required before certification is given. A 10-Hour Internship/Shadowing period where the student observes how other trainers work and interact with their clients is also required for final certification by PTIA and these hours may be fulfilled through a combination of shadowing a trainer and taking group fitness classes at a local facility.

In today’s fitness culture, it is well understood that physical fitness has a strong impact on an individual’s long-term health. And, it is not surprising that the need for trainers who have the knowledge to safely instruct others in personal training and fitness is continuing to rise. Certified fitness professionals are hired to conduct personal training in a gym, health club or home setting, as well as on cruise ships, spas/resorts, and in the corporate sector.

Initial certification is for two years, during which time certified personal trainers are required to keep current on their training and build upon what is learned during certification. Continuing education credits (CEC) equivalent to 10 hours per two-year period is required to maintain certification.

Registration and tuition payment are completed online via the Web site, and are requested no less than one week prior to the first day of class. Tuition for the PTIA Personal Trainer Certificate is $569. Textbook and materials fees are $65 and are paid by enrollees by check or cash on the first day of class.

An additional class for personal trainers who are already certified, Integrating Pilates into Your Personal Training, is scheduled on Friday, March 31 from 9 a.m.-2 p.m. in the Bradley Center Lobby.

For more information, please visit or contact the Ramapo College Center for Innovative and Professional Learning at or 201-684-7370.


Ramapo College of New Jersey is the state’s premier public liberal arts college and is committed to academic excellence through interdisciplinary and experiential learning, and international and intercultural understanding. The College is ranked #1 among New Jersey public institutions by College Choice, and is recognized as a top college by U.S. News & World Report, Kiplinger’s, Princeton Review and Money magazine, among others. Ramapo College is also distinguished as a Career Development College of Distinction by, boasts the best campus housing in New Jersey on, and is designated a “Military Friendly College” in Victoria Media’s Guide to Military Friendly Schools.

Established in 1969, Ramapo College offers bachelor’s degrees in the arts, business, data science, humanities, social sciences and the sciences, as well as in professional studies, which include business, education, nursing and social work. In addition, the College offers courses leading to teacher certification at the elementary and secondary levels, and offers graduate programs leading to master’s degrees in Accounting, Business Administration, Data Science, Educational Technology, Educational Leadership, Nursing, Social Work and Special Education.


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