Health & Wellness Management


If you're passionate about fitness and enjoy helping others feel their best—make it your career! As Americans place an ever-increasing value on exercise and wellness, the demand for personal trainers, fitness specialists, and wellness consultants grow. These professionals are integral to promoting, developing, and implementing health and wellness routines.

From group fitness instruction and personal training to fitness center management, Elgin Community College's Health and Wellness Management Program prepares you for a fulfilling career in fitness. Classes offer solid anatomy, physiology, exercise science, kinesiology, and hands-on experience to enhance practical skills. Upon completion, you will be ready to take national certification exams for personal trainers and/or group fitness instructors.

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Group Fitness Professional

Group fitness instructors design and teach classes to deliver memorable experiences for the participants while helping them achieve their individual fitness goals. You'll have the knowledge you need to become certified as a group fitness instructor. Students who pursue this option earn a Basic Vocational Specialist certificate as group fitness professionals.

Personal Trainer

Trainers instruct individuals in exercises, relying on their knowledge of physiology to determine the type and difficulty of the exercise, specific movements, and correct form. This includes a 10-week practical skill application at a local fitness/wellness facility. Students who pursue this option earn a Basic Vocational Specialist certificate in personal training. 

Program Highlights

Prepare for Immediate Employment

Basic Certificate

Planning to Transfer

Learn more about earning a Bachelor’s degree, earning summer credits for transfer, or dual admissions with a university by visiting University Transfer & Partnerships.

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Earning a certificate in Personal Training or as a Group Fitness Professional at Elgin Community College can set your career in motion.

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