Fitness Instruction/Personal Training

personal training studentDiablo Valley College offers two exciting programs to prepare you for entry-level work in the fitness industry. Choose form a two-year associate of science degree in fitness instruction or a one-year personal training certificate of achievement.

Both programs will expose students to the many facets of the fitness industry and prepare you to obtain entry-level employment at a living wage as an effective wellness professional in today's fitness culture. If you want to be a personal trainer, you've come to the right place!


  • "Enrolling in the DVC Personal Training Program was the best decision I made when preparing for my new career. It gave me the both the confidence and knowledge I needed to become a personal trainer and group fitness instructor. The practical experience the program offers is invaluable and it enabled me to hit the ground running without hesitation."

    - Lori Butler, My Level Fitness

Possible career opportunities 

The Personal Training program will prepare you for work in a variety of occupations and career paths, including:

  • Fitness and Wellness Coach
  • Personal Trainer
  • Fitness Instructor
  • Strength and Conditioning Coach
  • Corrective Exercise Specialist
  • Sport Coach

Earning a certificate of achievement in Personal Training can improve your job prospects and earning potential.

Certificates and degrees offered

Course instruction

As a student of the Fitness Instruction/Personal Training program, you will gain a comprehensive understanding of this dynamic field through studying the following courses:

  • KINES-240 Principles of Optimizing Human Performance
  • KINES-242 Exercise Techniques and Fitness Assessments
  • KINES-246 Sport and Exercise Psychology
  • KINES-250 Professional Aspects of Personal Training and Fitness
  • KINES-254 Practical Experience in Personal Training and Fitness Instruction I
  • KINES-255 Practical Experience in Personal Training and Fitness Instruction II
At least one of the following courses:
  • COMM-128 Interpersonal Communication
  • KINES-234 Introduction to Sports Medicine and Athletic Training
  • KINES-252 Professional Aspects of Group Personal Training
At least 3 units from:
  • NUTRI-115 Nutrition and Health: Personal Applications
  • NUTRI-120 Sports Nutrition: Fueling the Athlete
  • NUTRI-160 Nutrition: Science and Applications
At least 1 unit from:
  • KNACT-146A Theory and Practice of Strength Training and Fitness I
  • KNACT-148A Beginning Power Training
At least 1 unit from:
  • KNACT-110 A/B Hatha Yoga
  • KNACT-114 A/B Stretch and Yoga for Sports
  • KNACT-120 Physical Fitness
  • KNACT-122 A Beginning Body Sculpt KNACT-124 A/B Hips, Thighs and Abs
  • KNACT-126 Aerobics/Step Aerobics
  • KNACT-128 A/B Cardio Kickboxing
  • KNACT-142 A Beginning Boot Camp
  • KNACT-144 A/B Super Circuit
  • KNDAN-105 A Pilates Mat Work I

Total minimum units required 24.5

For more information, please contact us.

Contact us

Program Lead: Shelly Pierson 
Telephone: 925-969-2751
Directory: Kinesiology, Athletics, and Dance faculty and staff