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?  All for FREE?

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 for FREE, 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 10th, 6-7pm- Alumni Gym Fitness Lab
  • Preparation Course- September 22nd and October 13th: 8am-5pm  Course taught by Fitness Department Leadership, Instructors and Trainers, designed to educate students in the foundational knowledge of a Personal Trainer
  • Study & Practice- September 22nd - Novemeber 15th - Study for the NETA exam and gain hands on experience in learning the craft of a Personal Trainer!
  • Certification Weekend- November 16th and 17th:  Attend the NETA Review Workshop and Certification Weekend 

**Prospective Applicants will need to be able to attend all sessions and be available to fulfill all program portions for eligibility for final certification 

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 10th, 6-7pm- Alumni Gym Fitness Lab
  • Preparation Course- September 22nd and October 13th: 8am-5pm  Course taught by Fitness Department Leadership, Instructors and Trainers, designed to educate students in the foundational knowledge of a Personal Trainer
  • Study & Practice- September 22nd - Novemeber 15th - Study for the NETA exam and gain hands on experience in learning the craft of a Personal Trainer!
  • Certification Weekend- November 16th:  Attend the NETA Review Workshop and Certification Weekend 

**Prospective Applicants will need to be able to attend all sessions and be available to fulfill all program portions for eligibility for final certification 

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 attend a prepration course 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 and  hired as a Level I- Certified Trainer/Instructor ($9 hr)
  • Begin to  teach Group Fitness Classes or conduct Personal Training Sessions (at $9 hr)  and within an academic semester you will be reevaluated for advancement to a  Level II -Certified Trainer/Instructor ($18 hr) 

 

Eligibility 

This program is only open to University of Kentucky Students 

 

Application Process 

1. Attend the Information Session on September10th, 6-7pm at Alumni Gym in the Fitness Lab. 

2.  Fill out the application and video submission

3.  Individuals selected will be agree to: 

  • Attend Prep Course for specific area of interest (Personal Training or Group Fitness)
  • 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, $9 hr,  Level II - $18 hr) 

Questions? 

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