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PT - Personal Trainer (H F23)

  • 20 Sep 2023
  • 6:30 PM
  • 26 Nov 2023
  • 5:00 PM
  • Hybrid
  • 0


  • *Please note: you must have current certification in RT or GEL or OAL to take this course. Anyone not holding one of these certifications will be de-registered.

 Personal Trainer Course

Expand on your previous certifications, learn advanced teaching & assessment techniques.

The PT course builds on the Weight Trainer scope of practice & includes more detailed work on programming for individual clients, assessment of client fitness, and prescribing exercise for those with specific needs beyond the basic exercise learners level.


PLEASE NOTE: This course will run over ten weeks on Friday evenings via Zoom, PLUS an in-person, 2-day session in the Halifax area.

Zoom Wednesday, September 20, 2023
 6'30 to 8:30pm
Zoom Wednesday, September 27, 2023 6:30 to 8:00pm
Zoom Wednesday, October 4, 2023 6:30 to 8:00pm
Zoom Wednesday, October 11, 2023 6:30 to 8:00pm
Zoom  Wednesday, October 18, 2023 6:30 to 8:00pm
Zoom Wednesday, October 25, 2023 6:30 to 8:00pm
Zoom Wednesday, November 1, 2023 6:30 to 8:00pm
Zoom Wednesday, November 8, 2023 6:30 to 8:00pm
Zoom Wednesday, November 16, 2023 6:30 to 8:00pm
Zoom Wednesday, November 22, 2023 6:30 to 8:00pm
In-person Saturday, November 25, 2023 9:00am to 5:00pm
In-person Sunday, November 26, 2023 9:00am to 5:00pm

In-person class location: These 2 days will be held at a private gym in the Halifax area on accessible bus routes. As the location is private we will only disclose it to those students who have registered & paid for this course. 

Prerequisites: You must be currently certified in good standing in at least one of the following:

  • FLC Resistance Trainer
  • FLC Group Exercise Leader
  • FLC Older Adult/ADE Leader

* Anyone applying with non-FLC (Fitness Leadership Canada) certifications must complete a PLAR. Please email Susan ( to book one.

 You will also be required to provide proof of 20 hours of “on floor” experience.  This form will be provided to you and must be completed prior to the start of the course. 

Once you have signed up and paid for the course, you will be sent the course package, which will include : The at-home study package, the supervisor’s form, and The Personal Trainer’s log book.

This course will be taught by Susan Hardiman & Heather Creamer. See our course conductor's bios here:

Exams: You will be required to find a client & a gyms space for your practical exam.  The NSFA offers 2 (January & June) provincial exam days every year at Mount St. Vincent University in Halifax (See Events & Courses page). Students who are not available on those dates can book a private session with an exam proctor. Any written or practical exams needed can be booked by emailing  

We acknowledge that we are in Mi’kma’ki, the ancestral and unceded territory of the Mi’kmaq people.  

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