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ACE* Personal Trainer Certificate Prep ProgramStrength Training With Trainer | Personal Training Professional Certificate

Dates & Times: Monday - Thursday, July 8 - 25
6:00 - 8:00pm

Saturday Lab, July 13
7:00 - 10:00am

Saturday Lab, July 20
7:00 - 10:00am 
Location: The University of Montana,
McGill Hall
Hours of Instruction: 30
Course Fee:


Discounts are not applicable

Course Syllabus

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ACE American Council on ExerciseJump start your fitness career and enhance your marketability by earning the gold standard fitness credential.

Course Description:

The American Council on Exercise’s acclaimed Personal Trainer Certification is designed for trainers who provide fitness instruction of any sort.  You can now prepare for the certification exam with a 3-week program at The University of Montana.

This course is designed to give students the knowledge and understanding necessary to prepare for the ACE Personal Trainer Certification Exam and become effective personal trainers.  This course presents the ACE Integrated Fitness Training™ (ACE IFT™) Model as a comprehensive system for designing individualized programs based on each client’s unique health, fitness, and goals.  The information covered by this course and the ACE IFT Model will help students learn how to facilitate rapport, adherence, self-efficacy and behavior change in clients, as well as design programs that help clients to improve posture, movement, flexibility, balance, core function, cardiorespiratory fitness, and muscular endurance and strength.

Key topic areas covered include:

  • Human Anatomy, Exercise Physiology, Applied Kinesiology, and Nutrition
  • Principles of Adherence, Motivation, Behavior Change, and Health Psychology
  • Communication and Teaching Techniques
  • The ACE Integrated Fitness Training Model
  • Building Rapport
  • Health and Exercise History Information Assessment
  • Functional Training: Assessments, Programming, and Progressions for Posture, Movement, Core, Balance, and Flexibility
  • Physiological Assessments
  • Resistance Training: Programming and Progressions
  • Cardiorespiratory Training: Programming and Progressions
  • Professional and Legal Responsibilities, Scope of Practice, and Business Strategies for Personal Trainers
  • Special Exercise Programming Topics: Mind-body Exercise, Special Populations, and Exercise Implications of Common Musculoskeletal Injuries

This 30-hour ACE curriculum is constantly updated to ensure it contains the latest in exercise science research findings, giving participants the skills to launch or advance a career in personal fitness training.  Participants will receive training in techniques for the creation of personalized, results-oriented fitness programs for any individual at any level, including exercise science, fitness assessment, exercise programming, instructional and spotting techniques, nutrition and lifestyle modification.

Course Text:

All students are expected to have the textbook, ACE Personal Trainer Manual, 4th ed. Bryant, CX & Green, DJ (Eds). San Diego, CA: American Council on Exercise.
The book can be ordered online here or at


Participants must pass the ACE exam to become certified. The exam may be taken online at a cost of $249. Participants in this course will be prepared and encouraged, but not required to take the test. The test may be taken at UM’s testing center in Lommasson Hall.

Casey SheehyAbout the Instructor: Casey Sheehy C.S.C.S.

Casey is a Certified Strength and Conditioning Specialist through the National Strength and Conditioning Association. He completed his undergraduate studies in Exercise Science at Boise State University with an emphasis in Fitness Evaluation and Program Design. Casey has worked in a variety of fitness settings including physical therapy clinics, gyms, and athlete performance centers, among others and is currently pursuing a Master's in Exercise Physiology at the University of Montana.

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