Personal Trainer Certification Vancouver BC Canada
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WHY CHOOSE HILLTOP ACADEMY?
We are Unique: The Only School in BC That Offers Comprehensive 17 Week (340 hours) Diploma Program.
Why choose us?
- Hilltop Academy is the first accredited college in British Columbia that offered education in the field of Personal Training that leads students to a recognized and legitimate Diploma.
- Our Fitness Leadership Diploma program exceeds BCRPA minimum requirements by providing students with 3 to 5 times the amount of classroom and practical hours.
- Upon graduation You become BCRPA Registered in Weight Training, Personal Training and in Older Adult courses.
- As an educational partner of ACE organization we offer You an opportunity to become ACE Certified Personal Trainer and prepare you for an optional ACE exam.
- Pass BCRPA Fitness Theory and Personal Trainer exam or it is on us.
- The tuition fees for the Fitness Leadership Diploma Program are tax deductible to you, because we are accredited by PTIB.
- Academy is HST exempt; therefore no HST charges will apply.
- Government Student Loans (Provincial & Federal) are available to qualifying applicants.
- Hilltop Academy provides its graduates with the life time job placement assistance.
Please feel free to call for more information or to book an appointment – 604-553-0505.
Thank you Kim, Donna and Elena, and Hilltop Academy. Having graduated in September 2017, I am thrilled to say that I’m now working for the City of Burnaby as a group fitness instructor, senior fitness instructor and potentially as a personal trainer. This is what I wrote as my personal goal for taking the course and sealing it in an envelope on the very first day of the program, and more than I’d hoped for at the time.
As in most testimonials, this has been a journey for me. This is my 4th “career” and, from teaching to the army, to bringing up a family, back to teaching, I can definitely tap into life experience. But….the night before the program started, I was struck with doubt: was I too old to be doing a fitness leadership diploma? Fortunately, any doubts were quickly dispelled, and our classroom was free of barriers and a cohesive place to question, learn and share ideas. In addition, the amount of time we spent in the gym was tremendous. Kim is a mentor of the highest degree, and she really cares about students and clients alike.
In a nutshell, the program, the learning, all those tests that kept us up to scratch and the gym hours really prepared us to enter the fitness industry, not only with knowledge and confidence, but with the reputation of Hilltop Academy. Of course, I realised that learning does not stop there. In fact, one of my long-term goals is to start a sports science degree when I’m 65 (hoping it will still be free of charge by then!)
If you are reading the testimonials and thinking about Hilltop Academy, I’d say, “make the commitment, clear the calendar, do what you love – and make a difference!”
Hilltop Academy was the right choice for me. The instructor taught me a lot of valuable information along with amazing tips and advice in regards to the fitness industry. The course is very comprehensive and covers everything you need to build a solid foundation, not just the basics. The instructors’ teaching methods were amazing making confusing concepts very easy to understand. But if you’re stuck – there is plenty of additional help available from Elena – you just have to ask! I loved how there was a lot of hands-on time spent at the gym polishing our PT techniques as well as so many specialty courses like TRX, small group PT, Older Adult, etc. It gave me the necessary experience and confidence for real life situations and clients. The course also taught the business aspects which was very helpful. Having industry guest speakers come to school and give us real insight into the fitness industry and who they were looking to hire prepared me for the successful transition from school to work. I’m now a self-employed personal trainer and preparing for my 2nd Bodybuilding completion and all the knowledge I acquired is streamlining me through the prep. I can’t wait to hit the stage and win! I am very happy with the choice I made to enroll into Hilltop Academy. I highly recommend this school if you want to start a successful career in the fitness industry!
I cannot put into concrete words what my experience at Hilltop was like. If you are SERIOUS about getting into the fitness industry, hands down, this is where you need to be. They set you up for success. They build your knowledge and confidence up so vastly, you don`t realize how ahead of the game you are, until you enter the real life health&world. Kim Bond is magic. Her love and passion for education is without measure. She is personable, approachable, and wants her students to succeed. The office staff are amazing. Elena is a machine. She has her program and skill set down. Any help you need with career advice, the what now`s and the where to`s… she will you help you out in any way she can. Resources, recommendations, references, she is exactly who you would want as your `go-to`. Show up, put in the work, and Hilltop Academy will set you up with the formula for success. Cheers!
I have worked in the Health Industry for more than 10years. My work experience has been mainly disability management and felt that it is time to move on to what I felt was my passion. I’ve always been health conscious and pretty much self aware of what I want to achieve health and look wise but realized that trial and error shouldn’t be the path to a healthy lifestyle. In my mind, If I was going through such challenges and roadblocks there are others out there experiencing the same health and fitness roller coaster like I do. It was time to take control.
I finally decided to take that leap for myself and for others that I know would benefit from my experience and soon to be knowledge as a Personal Trainer. I did my research and found Hilltop Academy. Read their program and felt that it has addressed all my needs and wants but that wasn’t enough for me. I went to the info session and was curious to know more about the course, pricing and what I had to gain. The rest is history, I am a proud graduate of Hilltop Academy, a certified Fitness Leader/ Personal Trainer.
I look forward to a successful career as a Personal Trainer with the help and support from my Hilltop Family. The knowledge and education I received was definitely world class and as a Hilltop Graduate I know that I have an edge and confidence.
No regrets here just onward and upwards I go. Thank you Hilltop Academy and Welcome Smart Body Fitness.
I was born into a world of poverty. I’ve witnessed and encountered varieties of abuse and body harm etc. I learned at a very young age from my family’s mistakes how not to live life. I told myself I will never turn out like them and I would do what it takes to help people struggling with any kind of battle weather it’d be mental, emotional and most of all physical. As I grew up, I was very athletic and started training for my sports at a very young age to keep my mind away from the poverty I was born into. I became obsessed with my health and became obsessed with how the body works in everyday functional movements. So through my life I was told “hey Cory why don’t you become a personal trainer, get certified and relay your knowledge and experience to others that go through or have similar struggles?” So I took that advice and started searching schools not only for there structures and the way they teach but also prices and backgrounds on the actual teachers. I came across Hilltop Academy and really became highly interested out of the few programs I’ve researched. You know when you get that feeling when you see or read something and you just know. Well with Hilltop Academy I had that feeling. Their 17 week structure and the break down excited me. They covered everything I wanted to know in a 4 month span which left me leaving satisfied and ready to attack the personal training life. The hands on approach and real life scenarios in actual gym settings gave you a sense of what you will encounter in the work field which was a nice touch. My instructor Kim Bond was a true professional and had knowledge that went beyond our 17 week structure. Not only did she teach what we need to know but also helped us look at fitness it many different ways to get you thinking outside the box ’cause fitness changes everyday. The staff were always professional and ready to help you at anytime. There poise and professionalism made it a joy to come to school and learn. Hilltop was by far the best decision towards my career I’ve made towards the path of fitness. Since Hilltop I’ve learned that I want to train athletes and teach people that our bodies matter and everyday functional movements need to be the key focus to have a healthy non-painful life as we grow older. So I teach people how to train for any sporting events as well as getting them in tune with the kinetic chain of there bodies which starts at the feet. My philosophy is “it’s not just everyday fitness – it’s everyday life” …..Why load someone with weights when they can’t even balance on one foot. I started my own company I.M.P.A.C.T FITNESS because it’s important to me to make an impact in peoples lives. To anyone who wants to achieve their passion through fitness and health I highly recommend Hilltop Academy. Thank you Hilltop staff for a great memorable experience, I applaud you all!
My name is Nicole Downie, I attended Hilltop Academy from August 1st to November 25th. I am a gymnastics coach of seven years so naturally I wanted to keep my career in the fitness field. I myself have had personal trainers and even after becoming BCRPA certified I continue to see my trainer once a week, not because I don’t know what to do in the gym, but because I enjoy walking into the gym once a week and not having to think and plan out my workout for that day.
Since attending Hilltop I have a job in the industry at Fitness Science and I have started up my own business Nicole Downie Fitness, which is small personal training business that focuses on those who are either looking for everyday health and fitness or athletes who are wanting more functional training.
I heard about Hilltop through a friend who attended a few years ago, he spoke very highly of the program and I can honestly say I was not disappoint. We were being informed with loads of information on the daily, Kim Bond is an excellent teacher and is very good at targeting her teaching to all learning styles.
Graduating from Hilltop was one of the highlights of my year, not only was I confident in training clients but I knew exactly what I wanted from the industry and had a much better idea of how I was going to achieve my goal. My long term goal is to open up a gym or small studio gym that allows a variety of different forms of training.
I am very fortunate that my class at Hilltop became like my second family, we were a small class so it didn’t take us long to become close to one another, we were all very supportive of each other. I was attending Hilltop while on full blown prep for The Popeyes Fall Classic 2016 bodybuilding competition where I ended up placing third in my class, qualifying me for provincials in 2017 and thanks to my Hilltop family I was able to do both school and the show! Kim and Elena are truly amazing, they go above and beyond for the students and want nothing but the best for us.
If you are looking for a school I would strongly recommend Hilltop Academy, it’s no cake walk but if you are truly passionate about the fitness industry you will love the program they offer!
Choosing Hilltop Academy was the best decision I’ve made – the program, the instructors and the administration was amazing! I’ve been out of school for awhile before coming to Hilltop which made me a little scared to get back to studying. But the format of daily classes for 17 weeks made learning process easier and made the material stick better through repetition, compounding and constant practice of hands-on skills. It was a privilege to have Kim Bond as our instructor as she was able to take sometimes-boring material turn around and present it in a fun and helpful manner. Being at Hilltop for over 4 months was indispensable to acquiring Personal Training skills and techniques – there is no way I would have had the same level of confidence with any less time allocated for the program. It’s the extra time (340 hours!) and the program covering business aspects of the industry that translated into my confidence of opening and successfully running my PT/bootcamp/tabata business – ShapeX Fitness. I would highly recommend Hilltop Academy to anyone considering venturing into the fitness industry as a professional and reaching their own potential in the process!
Hilltop Academy was not a hard choice when looking for a course in Fitness Leadership. The first time speaking with Elena in administration I was incredibly pleased with the level of professionalism that I was greeted with. That expertise continued throughout attending Hilltop Academy, Elena was extremely helpful. Hilltop Academy without a doubt helped me get to where I am today!The program was highly driven and fast paced, the layout was very well planned. Kim Bond made a major impact, she has amazing teaching skills! Kim is a true super woman and very inspiring. After graduating I was more than prepared, I was packed with motivation to start a career in the Fitness Industry.Anybody who completes their program at Hilltop Academy, I believe as long as you have the drive to succeed, you can and will succeed!Since finishing the course in late 2014, I first started working in a local gym as a personal trainer and small group fit instructor. Then created a outdoor bootcamp with steady clientele, whom of which are ALL still my clients today! I have started my own business called 123 Fitness with indoor and outdoor training locations. Highly trained, not-afraid-to-sweat, and committed to bringing personalized service with effective and new methods to reach many fitness goals! I plan to continue in the fitness industry, and broaden my scope of practice further into the health and wellness Industry.Thank you HIlltop Academy!