Personal Trainer Minor

The Personal Trainer Minor Allows You To:

  • Understand nutrition, wellness & fitness, and the science of exercise.
  • Create personalized fitness programs for clients.

Personal Trainer Minor (18 credits)

Personal trainers are responsible for screening clients, evaluating their ability to take part in fitness programs and to individualize exercise programs to fit client goals. This minor covers nutrition, science of exercise, designing exercise programs, wellness/fitness, and CPR/First Aid to prepare students who are interested in becoming certified personal trainers. The capstone experience is a two-credit 120-hour practicum under the supervision of a certified trainer.

The Fitness Center at SUNY Plattsburgh, as well as community health and fitness centers, employ many students with this academic background. This minor is an excellent addition for nutrition majors and/or students who are interested in the fitness industry.

There are many organizations that provide certifications. Every year, the Fitness Center sponsors a three-day Aerobics and Fitness Association of America (AFAA) certification workshop. The workshop ends with a practical and rhetorical based exam.

Program Requirements

Questions, Comments, Suggestions?

If you would like more information about the sports and wellness program at SUNY Plattsburgh, please contact

Larry Soroka, Chair
Office: 102 Broad St.
Phone: (518) 564-5292
Email: laurence.soroka@plattsburgh.edu