Fit Academy: Learn. Certify. Work. Have Fun.

Are you a Fitness minded individual that wants to LEARN how to become a Fitness Professional, get CERTIFIED, WORK making good money, and HAVE FUN helping others reach their full potential?  

If so, FIT Academy is for you!!  In collaboration with the National Exercise Trainers Association (NETA) the Department of Campus Recreation and Wellness is proud to offer it's retooled  Fitness Instructor and Trainer preparation/certification course.

Now you can prepare,  get certified , and once certified we will give you a job!

 

Certified Personal Trainer 

Fit Academy- Personal Training is based upon NETA's Personal Training Curriculum for preparation for the certification.  Participants will also gain hands on experience through working with Certified Fitness Professionals during the program.     

  • Information Session: September 8th, 5:30- 6:30pm- Alumni Gym Group Fitness Studio 115 (downstairs past the Restrooms)
  • Preparation Course- September 12 & October 10th: Time TBA Course taught by Fitness Department Leadership, Instructors and Trainers, designed to educate students in the foundational knowledge of a Personal Trainer
  • Study & Practice- September 12th - October 30th - Study for the NETA exam and gain hands on experience in learning the craft of a Personal Trainer!
  • Certification Weekend- October 30th and 31st:  Attend the NETA Review Workshop and Certification Weekend 

 

**Prospective Applicants will need to be able to attend all sessions and complate all program components for eligibility for final certification course 

 

Certified Group Fitness Instructor

Fit Academy is based upon NETA's Group Exercise Instructor curriculum for preparation for the certificaton.  Participants will also gain real life experience in working with Certified Fitness Professionals during the program.  

  • Information Session: September 8th, 5:30- 6:30pm- Alumni Gym Group Fitness Studio 115 (downstairs past the Restrooms)
  • Preparation Course- September 12 & October 10th: Time TBA Course taught by Fitness Department Leadership, Instructors and Trainers, designed to educate students in the foundational knowledge of a Group Fitness Instructor
  • Study & Practice- September 12th - October 30th - Study for the NETA exam and gain hands on experience in learning the craft of a Group Fitness Instructor!
  • Certification Weekend- October 30th and 31st:  Attend the NETA Review Workshop and Certification Weekend

 

**Prospective Applicants will need to be able to attend all sessions and complate all program components for eligibility for final certification course

 

Cost

All participants that are accepted into the Fit Academy Program will be required to pay $75 for  all needed study materials and an American Red Cross Adult CPR/AED/First Aid certification which is a preqequiste for the NETA Certification.   Participants that fulfull all components of the education portion of Fit Academy will be provided a slot in the final NETA Certification Class the weekend of October 30th.  

 

How It Works

  • Apply for Program - Link will be sent out to all attendees at information session or those that meet the qualifications for the program
  • Once selected participant will register for the course and then attend  prepration courses for the official NETA Certification Weekend 
  • Work with Certified Fitness Instructor/Trainer to develop hands on skills related to position (shadow training sessions/ team teaching fitness classes) 
  • Study and prepare for NETA certification 
  • Successfully Pass NETA Certifcation Test during the final program weekend (October 30/31st) and pass a final hands on skills evaluation, participant may be hired as a Level I- Certified Trainer/Instructor ($10 hr)
  • Begin to  teach Group Fitness Classes or conduct Personal Training Sessions (at $10 hr)  and within an academic semester you will be reevaluated for advancement to a  Level II -Certified Trainer/Instructor ($20 hr) 

 

Eligibility 

This program is only open to University of Kentucky Students 

 

Application Process 

1. Attend the Information Session on September 8th , 5:30- 6:30pm at Alumni Gym Group Fitness Studio 115 

2.  Complete the Fit Academy Application

3.  Individuals selected will be agree to: 

  • Attend Prep Course for specific area of interest (Personal Training or Group Fitness)
  • Complete all education components that include mock training sessions, fitness assessment and program design clinics
  • Commit and prepare for certification during fall semseter
  • Take part in Mentor/Shadow process of Certified Fitness Staff during fall semester
  • Attend the NETA Workshop & Certification for specific area of Interest 
  • Upon successful Certification participant will  work for program for one year as Certified Trainer/ Instructor (Level I - at least 10 sessions, $10 hr,  Level II - $20 hr) 

Questions? 

Fit Academy Questions? Contact Lindsay Thomayer, Fitness Coordinator for assistance: lindsay.thomayer@uky.edu or 859-257-3928