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Ramapo College Hosts the Personal Training Institute of America to Offer Personal Training Certification

(PDF) (DOC) (JPG)March 18, 2016

MAHWAH, N.J. Due to popular demand, Ramapo College is again hosting the Personal Training Institute of America (PTIA) on campus to begin preparing enrollees for successful careers as Certified Personal Trainers. The course takes place in Ramapo College’s Bill Bradley Center for Sports and Recreation on Saturday and Sunday, April 9-10, from 9 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. There are no prerequisites to participate in the program.

The two-day, weekend intensive program includes more than 16 hours of lecture, demonstrations and practical hands-on application. An online final exam is taken after the weekend intensive is complete and CPR certification is required before certification is earned. 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.

As the number continues to grow of Americans who recognize the impact that physical fitness has on their individual long-term health, the need for individuals who have the ability to instruct others in personal training and fitness is also rising. 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  prior to the first day of class. Tuition for the PTIA Personal Trainer Certificate is $549. Textbook and materials fees are $65 and are paid by enrollees by check or cash on the first day of class.

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


About Ramapo College

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 comprehensive college is situated among the beautiful Ramapo Mountains, is within commuting distance to New York City, was named one of the 50 Most Beautiful College Campuses in America by CondeNast Traveler, and boasts the best on-campus housing in New Jersey per

Ramapo College provides its students with individualized attention, mentorship, and supports; hands-on learning; and a range of opportunities for service and leadership development. Its graduation and retention rates exceed national averages and it places approximately 1,000 students per year in internships in New York City. The College is ranked #1 among New Jersey public institutions by College Choice; is recognized as the state’s top college on the list of Best Disability Schools by Great Value Colleges; is designated a “Military Friendly College” in Victoria Media’s Guide to Military Friendly Schools; and is recognized as a top college by U.S. News & World Report, Kiplinger’s, Princeton Review and Money magazine, among others.  

Ramapo College’s over 40,000 alumni are the confident, intellectually curious, self-aware, and humble people who are highly sought after and who make a positive impact at local, national, and global levels.  Ramapo College is distinguished as a Career Development College of Distinction by Every student at Ramapo is enrolled in its unique and award winning Pathways Program which equips and empowers students, across the continuum of their academic career, to secure internships, pursue graduate/professional school, and/or enter the job market. 

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, Applied Mathematics, Business Administration, Contemporary Instructional Design, Computer Science, Creative Music Technology, Data Science, Educational Leadership, Nursing, Social Work and Special Education, as well as a Doctor of Nursing Practice.


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