Nutrition and Personal Trainer Program Description

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This program is packed with extensive content that will make you an authority on the topics of health, wellness, fitness, and nutrition.

Program Timeline

With full-time study, you’ll be certification-ready in just four months. But in case you need a less-intense timeline, we give you 12 months to finish the program.

Just 4 months of full-time study

Study Format

CareerStep programs are made to accommodate hectic schedules. This certified personal trainer and nutrition specialist program lets you train whenever and wherever works best for you—at home, at lunch, at midnight, you name it. Study at your own pace, and hit us up anytime you need help.

Learn from home (or anywhere)

Study online (anytime)


Need help getting through your training? We’re available! Our learner and technical support teams are ready to provide advice and answer questions—just give us a ring or drop us a line.

One-on-one support

Phone, live chat, and email

Nutrition and Personal Trainer Program Modules

Our 465-hour Nutrition and Personal Trainer program is divided into 20 modules, which cover all the jargon, training methods, and sports performance info you’ll need to become a certified personal trainer and nutrition specialist.

Introduction to Nutrition for Health, Fitness, and Sports Performance

  • Discuss the importance of proper nutrition and exercise.

Healthful Nutrition

  • Identify different classes of nutrients and receive guidelines for healthy eating and food labeling.

Human Energy

  • Get familiar with the energy storage, production, and usage functions in the human body.

Carbohydrates - the Main Energy Food

  • Discuss the function of carbohydrates in the body.

Fat - Exercise Energy Source

  • Discuss the role and dangers of fat in the body.

Protein - the Tissue Builder

  • Discuss proteins, sources of protein, and the importance of protein.


  • Discuss the types of vitamins and the benefits of vitamins.


  • Discuss types of minerals and the importance of minerals.

Water, Electrolytes, and Temperature

  • Discuss body temperature regulation and the importance of water and electrolytes.

Body Weight and Composition

  • Discuss healthy body weight.

Weight Management

  • Discuss approaches to weight loss and weight management.

Food Drugs and Supplements

  • Discuss the types and benefits of food supplements and drugs.

Introduction to the Field and Profession of Personal Training

  • Learn about general educational requirements and explore different educational options offered to those interested in becoming professional personal trainers.
  • Learn about the specific functions and job duties of professional personal trainers.

The Science of Personal Training

  • Learn about anatomy and Kinesiology so that you develop a solid understanding of the human body and the mechanics of how it works.
  • Learn about the biomechanical principles of training and the basic components of exercise physiology.
  • Learn about nutrition and human performance.

Behavior Modification

  • Understand how specific behavior changes are encouraged and supported through coaching and counseling.

Initial Client Screening

  • Determine the specific needs of your clients and develop programming that is specific to the individual.

Comprehensive Program Design

  • Gain insight into the range of physical and mental health benefits possible with a regular exercise program.

Types of Training

  • Learn the benefits of resistance training, cardiorespiratory training, and flexibility training in comprehensive training programs.

Program Components and Working with Special Populations

  • Learn how to tailor programming to meet the specific needs of your clients and identify which components will help your clients meet their fitness and lifestyle goals.

Business and Legal Components

  • Learn about the business and legal components involved in being a personal trainer.
  • Discover how to sell and market training services to potential clients, price training sessions, and maintain professional standards that will protect a business reputation.
  • Identify the legal risks and responsibilities of the profession, as well as the importance of conforming to industry standards.

Nutrition and Personal Trainer Certifications

Complete our program and you’ll be more than ready to ace the Personal Trainer certification exam from the American College of Sports Medicine.

ACSM Personal Trainer