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Nutrition and Health Promotion - Personal Trainer

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 theory is based upon the book "NSCA's Essentials of Personal Training". 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.

All aspects of the theory within the profession of a personal trainer are comprised into 6 parts: Exercise sciences, Initial Consultation and Evaluation, Exercise technique, Program design, Clients with unique needs and Safety and legal issues.

During the first 7 weeks 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.


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.

Aanvullende informatie

Questions about the minor?
Contact Nils Swidde,

Questions about the Kies op Maat procedure?
Contact Cobi Kooistra,


​Costs study book: approximate € 75,-.

The minor will lead up to an international standard and certification of the NSCA.
The theory 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 2015:

  • 1 year NSCA membership as a student :  = $ 65

  • To sit for the NSCA-CPT exam as a member = $ 300


Additional costs Medic First Aid, MFA:

Next to that you have to have a VALID Medic First Aid (EHBO) certificate. Some of you 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, timewise.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 euro's. This is way less than you would normally pay for such a course. If you join this MFA part of the minor you will receive a bill from the AUAS.

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.


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.


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

The final internship report can both be written in English as well as in Dutch.  

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


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


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