This is the email that I received after being interviewed. They prefer that you purchase their materials for $299, but in reality they are not a credible organization and not recognized by any of the fitness centers or health clubs.
I have sent the compensation agreement on a separate email. I'd like to also provide some more insight about the position itself. The primary responsibility of the Personal Trainer Instructor is to ensure the competency of our program by supervising and instructing our exercise course. There is one exam each student is required to pass in order to obtain their personal trainer certification. The exercise course is very beneficial in preparing them for the portion of the exam that focuses on exercise program development.
The exercise course consists of five one-on-one, 1-hour classes. Instructors are responsible for following the curriculum illustrated within the course syllabus. Instructors are often required to meet with fitness facility owners to assist in program initialization. With the exception of also scheduling the course, there are no additional responsibilities outside of what I have mentioned in this description.
As far as workload is concerned, our expectation is for you to work a minimum of 25 hours a week at $50 an hour. Some fitness clubs will do better than others and so if you are not able to commit to more than 25 hours a week, be sure to indicate that in the weeks to come, so that we can prepare for any voids in terms of recruiting another instructor for the area if need be.
At this point, you will need to schedule the written exam. We can give you several weeks if you need to brush up on any of the subjects or you may schedule it as early as next week. You may take the exam free of charge, as it is a job requirement. Some people wonder if the study materials are free too.
Unfortunately they are not because they are not a job requirement. The primary reason is because in the past, we have experienced people simply coming on board just to take advantage of the free personal trainer program. Many of them have used the certification to start up their own personal training business, which is fine but our primary goal is to have our instructors service as many of our students as they do their own personal training clients. The study materials are avaiable to everyone and we have a full reimbursement program for those who prioritize their instructor position. The program returns the entire purchase price of the study materials on the instructor's first paycheck.
There is more information about the study materials reimbursement policy on your contract and on the order page. The password to view the reimbursement page is (ptinstructor). If you would like to order study materials, the order page is located on our web site. There is a section on our web site that states, "Study Materials". The study materials that apply are the ones titled, "Personal Trainer".
I have also included as much information about the exam as I can to assist you. See below.
Excerpt from exam (Multiple choice, 150 questions, two-hour time limit):
For each of the following sections, please determine which of the three subjects least belongs with the group. To successfully pass this exam, you must first determine the topic of each section. Notice the topic is not given, only a hint. The "Hint" pertains to the topic only. Once you realize the topic, then extract the one subject that least likely pertains.
Sample section. Hint- Epicondyle
a. Radialcollateral ligament
Abdominal Twist, Acetyl-L-Carnitine, Acromion, Adductor magnus, Adenosine Monophosphate, Adrenal gland, Amino acids, Anabolic, Androstenedione Angina Anterior Cruciate Ligament, Anterior Ligament, Anterior Talofibular Lig. Antioxidant, Aortic Valve, ARDS, Articular Capsule, Asthma, Barbell extension, Barbell press (chest), Barbell row, Bent-over dumbbell row, Bent-over lateral, Bicipital aponeurosis, Biotin, Bladder, Blood Pressure, Boron, Brachioradialis, Bronchiectasis, Cable laterals (delts), Calcaneofibular Ligament, Calcaneus, Calcium, Chlorophyll, Choking (Adult), Choking (Child), Choking (Infant), Cholesterol, Chondroitin, Chromium, Clavicle, Close-grip pulldown, Congenital Heart Disease, COPD, Copper, Coracohumeral Ligament, Coronary Angioplasty, Coronary Artery, CPR (Adult), CPR (Child), CPR (Infant), Cruciate Ligaments, Cystic Fibrosis, Dehydroepiandrosterone, Deltoid Ligament, Diabetes, Diastolic, Dietary Supplements, Dorsal Ligaments ,Dorsal Radiocarpal Ligament, Dumbbell extension, Dumbbell fly, Dumbbell leg curl, Dumbbell press (chest), Dumbbell rows, Dumbbell squat, Eating Disorders, Emphysema, Enzyme, Fiber, Fibula, Fibular Collateral Ligament, Free radicals, Glenohumeral Ligaments, Glenoidal Labrum, Hack squat, Hammer curl, HDL, Heart, Heart attack risk factors, Heart Failure, Hip raise, Humerus, Hypocholesterolemia, Hypoglycemia, Iliopsoas, Incline barbell extensions, Incline curl, Inositol, Insulin, Interosseous Ligaments, Iodine, Iron, L-Arginine, Lateral epicondyle, Lateral femoral condyle, Lateral meniscus, LDL, Leg extension, Leg press, Ligamentum Patell, Liver, L-Tyrosine, Lunge, Lungs, Lying shoulder lift, Macronutrients, Magnesium, Mandible, Manganese, Menisci, Metabolism, Metacarpals, Mitral Valve, Molybdenum, Obesity, Oblique, Oblique Popliteal Ligament, One arm pushdown, One arm rope pushdown, Organic foods, Pancreas, Pectineus, Phosphorus, Phytonutrients, Polyunsaturated fat, Posterior Ligament, Posterior Talofibular Lig., Potassium, Pre-hypertension, Prone leg curl, Prone pushdown, Pullovers, Pulmonary Valve, Pushups, Radial Collateral Ligament, Rectus Femoris, Reverse crunch, Rope extension, Rope kickback, Rotator Cuff, Sacroiliac ligament, Second hand smoke, Selenium, Serratus anterior, Sternocleidomastoid, Sternohyoid, Sternum, Stomach, Stroke, Supraspinatus Muscle, Synovial Membrane, Systolic, Systolic Blood Pressure, Tendon of Biceps brachii, The Flu, Thoracolumbar fascia, Tibia, Tibial Collateral Ligament, Transversalis abdominis, Transverse Humeral Lig., Transverse Ligament, Tricuspid valve, Ulna, Ulnar Collateral Ligament, Vanadium, Vastus lateralis, Veins, Vena Cava, Ventricles, Vitamin A (Beta Carotene and Retinol), Vitamin B-1 (Thiamin), Vitamin B-12 (Cyanocobalamin), Vitamin B-2 (Riboflavin), Vitamin B-3 (Niacin), Vitamin B-6 (Pyridoxine), Vitamin C, Vitamin D, Vitamin E (d-Alpha Tocopheryl), Volar ligaments, Volar Radiocarpal Ligament, Zinc.
I hope all this helps, and if you have any questions don't hesitate to call my direct line. I will wait to hear back from you in terms of when you are ready to schedule the exam.
Director of Operations
National Board Certifications