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Health Fitness Trainer Diploma Online

Complete your diploma in less than 1 year!

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Expanding Job Market

According to Canada employment trends, jobs for fitness trainers and exercise instructors are expected to increase 12.9 percent from 2024 through the year 2031.¹

Career Outlook

Convert Your Healthy Lifestyle Into a Career

The benefits of living a healthy lifestyle are numerous, and leveraging your passion for exercise and staying in shape into a career is yet another reward. A diploma from Bryan College in Health Fitness Training will prepare you for a fulfilling career.

Career Opportunities

A diploma in Health Fitness Trainer from Bryan College can put you on the path to varied job opportunities2 in a rewarding field such as:

  • Certified Personal Trainer
  • Group Fitness Coach
  • Group Exercise Instructor
  • Sports Performance Coach
  • Clinical Exercise Trainer
  • Fitness Supervisor
  • Fitness Consultant
  • Fitness Appraiser

Diverse Employers

Health and fitness professionals have a range of opportunities for employment. From corporate settings to healthcare facilities to gyms and fitness centers, there’s a work environment for all personality types. Examples include:

  • Gyms and fitness facilities
  • Corporate fitness centers
  • Rehabilitation centers
  • Self-employment

Career Services for Students & Grads

You’ll receive a dedicated career services advisor that provides job search assistance, job networking best practices, interview preparation, and helps you create a resume for job applications.


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2Example occupations shown herein do not imply a guarantee of employment. Students are responsible for conducting occupational research for their chosen program. Employers have unique hiring practices and job-specific requirements, which may include years of experience for manager positions. Graduates with little to no prior experience should expect an entry-level position.

Program Overview

Program Highlights

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Clock Hours
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Skills You'll Learn

As a student at Bryan College, you’ll gain the following skills with a curriculum including:

  • Personal Training & Sales Fundamentals
  • Body Sciences
  • Client Intake & Assessment
  • Programming Basics
  • Nutrition Fundamentals
  • Behavior Management
  • Exam & Career Preparation

When you receive a diploma in HFT from Bryan College, you will be prepared for the job market.

At Home Fitness Training Kit Included

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As a Bryan College online HFT student, you'll get the opportunity to demonstrate your skills using your Fitness Practice Kit, which we ship to your home. The fitness kit contains the following:

  • NOSSK brand Lite Trainer
  • Stackable Resistance Band Set
  • Body Measuring Tape
  • Skinfold Body Fat Caliper
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Upgrade to an Associate or Bachelor's Degree Online

Bryan College partnered with Bryan University online so you can receive transfer credit for your HFT Diploma towards a degree program at Bryan University. You'll have the option of earning an Associate Degree in Applied Exercise & Fitness and a Bachelor's Degree in Exercise Science, Fitness, & Nutrition Management. Both degrees are offered 100% online, provide discounted tuition rates for HFT graduates, plus you'll earn more certifications through NASM, all included in tuition!

Graduate Success

“My instructors at Bryan were very kind and accommodating. They also had immense practical knowledge, which gave me the confidence to know that I could do this as a career." Ashley , HFT Graduate

"I didn't know what to expect from a fully online program, but it exceeded my expectations, and I am really grateful for the opportunity."  Sami, Bryan College Graduate

Course Descriptions

HFT-100—Personal Training and Sales Fundamentals—140 clocks hours

This course introduces the field of personal training along with the fundamental skills necessary to be an effective salesperson in the field. The history of personal training, professional organizations, certifications, and career tracks in the field are discussed. Students learn about communication skills, interviewing, steps of the sale, and fundamentals of professional conduct and ethics. Additionally, students learn the primal movement patterns and gain practical experience performing many common exercises and movement patterns that will be utilized with their clients.

HFT-101—Body Sciences I—80 clock hours

This course will provide an in-depth look at the basic principles of kinesiology, including planes of motion, joints of movement, and joint actions.

HFT-102—Body Sciences II—80 clock hours

This course will provide an in-depth look at how the human body’s systems interact and function in relation to exercise and movement. Students will learn the various parts and functions of the nervous, muscular, and skeletal systems.

HFT-103—Client Intake and Assessment—80 clock hours

This course covers the fundamentals of conducting health screenings and risk stratifications, as well as tests such as body fat, cardiovascular condition, and various performance tests.

HFT-104— Programming Basics I—80 clock hours

This course covers the fundamentals of designing resistance training, cardiorespiratory training, and flexibility programs. The course focuses on training session components and appropriate exercise selection, progression, and program design variables for resistance and cardiorespiratory training.

HFT-105—Programming Basics II—80 clock hours

This course covers the fundamentals of advanced training programs. The course focuses on appropriate exercise selection, progression, and program design variables for advanced programs and special populations.

HFT-106— Nutrition Fundamentals—80 clock hours

This course covers the fundamentals of nutrition and how food is used by the human body. Students will be able to identify healthy food sources for various nutrients and decipher reliable and unreliable nutritional information.

HFT-107—Behavior Management—80 clock hours

This course is an introduction to the motivation behind behavior change as it relates to physical activity behaviors. Topics include goal setting, motivating clients, developing an action plan, and communication strategies needed to inspire and sustain long-term healthy habits.

HFT-110—Exam and Career Preparation—80 clock hours

This course prepares students to take the NASM certification exam, paying particular attention to test-taking skills and improvement of weak areas of knowledge, skill, and ability. Students also prepare for their careers through resume-building activities and interview roleplays.


For a full program summary, including course descriptions, tuition rates, and program highlights, please download:

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Why Learn Online

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Flexible & Convenient

We recognize that life can be busy and complex, so we’ve designed the learning experience around you. You have the option to complete your homework assignments online each week at days and times convenient to you. You have the flexibility to resubmit homework to improve your grades and gain greater mastery of the course content.

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Learn Faster & Retain More

We provide you with user-friendly learning technology such as adaptive digital textbooks and simulated job tasks to help you learn faster, easier, and retain more knowledge. All your efforts are recorded so you can track your progress and plan your time more effectively.

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Live Classes & Academic Support

Studying online with Bryan lets you learn from the comfort of home while connecting you in live events with peers, teachers, industry professionals, and mentors. If you happen to miss the event, we record them so can you watch them later and not miss a beat. Whenever you need help with an assignment, you can schedule a tutor at any time online with the click of a button.

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Connect with Peers, Faculty & Industry Experts

At Bryan, we don’t think learning online means learning alone. Connect with faculty, peers, and student support conveniently from your smartphone, tablet, or computer using Zoom, a user-friendly video app. You’ll join a vibrant community that includes industry experts who will provide support, expand your professional network, and celebrate your success along the way.

How You Learn Online

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Live Classes on Zoom

Most programs provide live classes that are also recorded in case you miss them and need to watch them later.

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Re-submit Homework for Mastery

Didn't get the grade you wanted? At Bryan, you can resubmit your homework to improve your grades.

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User-Friendly Learning Technology

You'll learn using a program that adapts to your knowledge level while helping you learn faster and retain more.

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Share Your Interests

Engage with others in class using a social platform to share your thoughts on topics you're interested in.

Benefits for You

Included in Tuition

As a Bryan College student, you’ll receive these benefits and services included in tuition at no extra cost.

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    Credentials Focused on Employment

    You'll graduate with a credential and earn skills that match employers' needs.

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    Electronic Books & Courseware

    We give you easy access to your e-textbooks and software.

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    No Waiting Lists

    Finish in the shortest time possible and never get wait-listed for course registration.

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    Refresher Classes

    As a graduate, audit previously completed courses free to keep your skills sharp.

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    Career Services

    Get expert help to ensure you're job-ready and connect with employers.

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    Mentoring from Expert Faculty

    Learn from faculty with real-world experience in their field.

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Admission Requirements

To be admitted to Bryan College, prospective students must complete the following requirements:

  • Complete a Virtual Tour with an Admissions Representative
  • Fill Out & Sign Registration Documents
  • Pay the Application Fee
  • Provide High School Diploma or GED (If Not Available, then Pass the Entrance Readiness Assessment Online)
  • Finalize a Financial Plan
  • Complete the Online Introductory Course - “Launchpad”
  • Attend Online Orientation
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