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GCC to host  information session  on personal trainer  certification tonight

GREENFIELD — Anyone interested in learning what it takes to become a certified personal trainer can attend a free orientation and information session tonight at 6:30 p.m. at Greenfield Community College’s main campus.

The nine-week class will meet on Monday and Wednesday evenings, beginning Sept. 23, for students to work toward their certification. The Virginia-based World Instructor Training Schools will teach the course and proctor the national exam in the final week.

The 62-hour program includes 16 hours in the classroom, 16 lab hours and a 30-hour internship. Topics include biomechanics, exercise physiology, fitness testing, equipment usage and health assessment.

According to the World Instructor Training Schools, the profession earns an average of $34 an hour.

The course costs $734, plus a textbook. Training in cardiopulmonary resuscitation (CPR) and with automated external defibrillators (AED) is needed to receive the certificate.

For more information, attend the session or contact Greenfield Community College’s Workforce Development office at 413-775-1607.

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