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Nutrition and Health Promotion - Personal Trainer

Enrolment is no longer possible for semester 2 2021-2022. The maximum number of participants has been reached for this minor.

As a (future) skilled health professional you might already be accustomed to give advice in the field of healthy lifestyle, human movement or nutrition. This minor will not only give you more insight how such an exercise advice will be optimally tuned to the capabilities of the client, but you will also learn how you can assist this client yourself as a personal trainer.

You will learn all the skills you need as a personal trainer; from knowledge about the musculoskeletal system to motivational strategies and from training skills to medical issues such as obesity and diabetes in conjunction with training. So you will be trained to give expert advice both as a fitness guide as well as a personal trainer to assist your clients.

The knowledge is predominantly based upon the book "NSCA's Essentials of Personal Training". The NSCA is the National Strength and Conditioning Association of America. This minor leads to the NSCA-Certified Personal Trainer Certificate, an international highly respected degree.

During the first part of this minor you will get enough theoretical and practical foundation to contribute in a meaningful way from day 1 at your internship. During the second part you will be most focused on your internship.

There is a FAQ document available for further information: FAQ.


The main learning outcomes or goals for students of this minor are:

  • to design, develop or to adjust an appropriate training schedule on an individual basis to enhance one or more performance factors like maximal strength, power, muscle endurance or muscle hypertrophy;
  • to take into account illness / complaints from customers with specific needs (e.g. obesity, diabetes, high blood pressure, joint problems) and to refer to allied health professionals if necessary;
  • to guide customers in a motivational and professional manner;
  • to set up and lead small group training (4-10) for certain performance determining factors like strength and endurance (also aimed at children, adolescents and the elderly). 

To achieve these goals, you first get an introduction to the theory, after which you will apply this knowledge during the internship.


Students are expected to live a healthy lifestyle and be familiar with exercise or training. 

Students should be comfortable in sport scenes in general and in particular the fitness scene.

In addition we expect students to have affinity towards coaching of their clientele.


Required reading:
'NSCA's Essentials of Personal Training' by Coburn and Malek, second edition, ISBN : 978-0-7360-8415-4


Within the time frame of twenty weeks :

  • 7 weeks at school; both theory and practice
  • 14 weeks internship 
  • 1 week disclosure of the internship
  • 1 week to prepare for the final NSCA-CPT test

Time spend on lectures: 158 hours

21 days devided over the whole semester on avarage  ± 5 hours per day

2 exams, first one 2 hours, second one 3 hours, in total 5 hours of exam time

376 hours of internship devided over 13 – 15  weeks depending on start and end time internship

Within those hours on average ½  hour per week of guidance from the internship guide

Visit internship by lecturer/guide from school is on average 1 hour

The average student will spend an approximate of 300 hours on preperation time.

Within those hours are included: email contact, personal contact, phone contact and extra personal guidance when found necessary.


The lessons during the minor as well as the examinations are all in English.

Internship will be finalized with an assessment than can be held either in English or in Dutch.  

  • Entry exam : 5 ECTS
  • Internship : 15 ECTS
  • Final NSCA-CPT exam : 10 ECTS

If a student fails to successfully complete the minor in the period in which she took the minor it is possible to finalize the minor in a following period in which the minor is given.

If a minor is no longer offered or in case the minor is rewritten, the degree programme will offer students a further two opportunities to finalize this minor in the following year.

Aanvullende informatie

Questions about the minor?
Contact Nils Swidde,

Questions about the Kies op Maat procedure?
Contact Marisca van der Ploeg,

Study book: approximate € 75,-.

The minor will lead up to an international standard and certification of the NSCA.
The theory and practice incorporated during classes specifically prepares you for this NSCA-CPT exam.

The Amsterdam University of Applied Sciences (school of sports and nutrition) delivers you a great opportunity to get one of the best accredited certificates in the world in the field of personal training! This NSCA exam is recognized worldwide and can be seen as the gold standard.

There are costs related to becoming a NSCA member and to sit for the CPT examination:
Cost indication for 2020:

Additional costs Medic First Aid, MFA:
Next to that you have to have a VALID Medic First Aid (EHBO) certificate. Some of our students already have this certificate but most of you do not.You can get your own MFA certificate if you like, but during the minor this is accounted for, time-wise. However, there are costs involved for those who do not have their MFA certificate just yet. We have kept these costs to a minimum: € 85.

Note: The registration period for HvA students is prior to the registration period for non-HvA students. This may mean that the minor is already full before the start of the Kies op Maat registration period.

Applications will be processed in the order of receipt of signed learning agreements.