Fitness education remains one of the most popular and fast-growing career fields in the country. Thomas Edison State College and Mercer County Community College are offering their latest rounds of certification programs for fitness professionals, starting on Saturday, January 24.

MCCC has two courses for fitness pros, the five-session “Fitness Coaching for Fitness Professionals” and the six-week “Fitness Training Certification.” Both are led by World Instructor Training Schools.

“Fitness Coaching” runs on Saturdays until February 21 and is for certified trainers. The course aims to teach fitness pros more effective ways to teach their clients and help them establish more reachable fitness goals. Cost: $350.

“Personal Training” begins on Sunday, January 25, and continues on Sundays until March 1. Five weeks of intensive training and learning are followed by the National Exam on the sixth week. The course, which runs again on Sundays from March 15 through April 26, costs $499.

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Thomas Edison State College is offering five distance courses that begin on Monday, February 9, and offer professional development certificates: “Personal Fitness Training,” “Nutrition for Optimal Health, Wellness and Sports,” “Fitness Business Management,” “Women’s Exercise Training and Wellness,” and “Personal Training and Group Exercise Training for Older Adults.” Deadline to register for any of the courses in Friday, February 6. Each course costs $275.

The online certificate programs provide continuing professional education for current fitness, health, and medical professionals, as well as for the development and education of anyone looking to enter the fitness and health industry. Students have up to two years to complete certificate requirements

Details on all programs can be found at

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