How to Become a Personal Trainer. Wishingyou could spend more time at the gym, andearn a little extra cash? Becoming a certifiedpersonal trainer lets you do both. You willneed Time Money for tuition, course materials,and exam fees Books Certification exam andred cross . Always consult a physicianbefore attempting to do any exercise or exerciseplan. Step 1. Choose your certification program. There are many, such programs offered by theAmerican College of Sports Medicine, the AmericanCouncil on Exercise, and the National Councilon Strength and Fitness. Step 2. Go to theprogram’s workshops. They typically last fromone to three days and are often accepted forschool credit. Step 3. Complete your courseof study. Some programs allow you to do thisat home, but others require classroom time. Most programs require a certain number ofhours of training before certification. Step4. Study independently, focusing on anatomy,exercise physiology, and kinesiology. Learnhow to give fitness tests, accommodate differentability levels, and work with injuries. Step5. Get certified in CPR. Some programs requireyou to be certified in using AEDs — the defibrillatorpaddles used to treat heart attacks. The RedCross offers CPR certification programs. Step6. Register to take the certification test. Like college board exams, it’s administeredon certain days at testing centers. Be sureto get enough sleep the night before the test. Step 7. Once you have basic certification,look into other programs, such as Pilates,yoga, and nutrition. Additional training canraise your asking price. Did you know Didyou know? There were about 235,000 fitnessworkers in the U. S. in 2006.