Master Trainer Certificate

The purpose of the Master Trainer program is to help students develop a balanced knowledge of fitness and nutrition while gaining a depth of expertise across many areas of fitness. Completion of the program will prepare students for entry-level personal training positions, with the ability to pursue either an associate or bachelor’s degree with Lionel University.

Master Trainers work as:

  • Trainers and Strength Coaches
  • Corporate Health and Wellness Managers
  • Nutrition Specialists
  • Sports Managers

No hidden costs or fees.




Master Trainers will be able to:

  • 01 Implement current exercise and nutrition strategies to allow clients to effectively meet their goals.
  • 02 Acquire foundational exercise science knowledge from core personal training specialties to support and facilitate professional advancement.
  • 03 Apply technical exercise science skills from core personal training specialties to enhance client satisfaction.



A University Education You Can Trust

Lionel is in the top 8% of Military Friendly® schools nationwide and 70% of our students are affiliated with the military.
Lionel is proud to be accredited by the Distance Education Accrediting Commission.
Lionel is recognized by the IHRSA, and independent and nationally recognized accreditation for personal training certification programs.
Lionel was rated as one of the best nationally accredited online colleges by EdSmart.



Available Certifications

Graduates of the program earn the Master Trainer designation, plus 6 individual fitness certifications through ISSA.

Finish the program in as few as two quarters as an accelerated full-time student, or pace your coursework over time for up to six quarters.

Certified Fitness Trainer
Certified Fitness Trainer
Specialist In Fitness Nutrition
Specialist in Fitness Nutrition
Transformation Specialist
Transformation Specialist
Bodybuilding Specialist
Bodybuilding Specialist
Corrective Exercise Specialist
Corrective Exercise Specialist
Specialist In Exercise Therapy
Specialist in Exercise Therapy
Specialist In Group Fitness
Specialist in Group Fitness
Specialist In Strength And Conditioning
Specialist in Strength and Conditioning
Specialist In Senior Fitness
Specialist in Senior Fitness
Youth Fitness Trainer
Youth Fitness Trainer
Certifications Earned From ISSA

Tuition & Fees


Tuition & Fees

Pursue your passion without drowning in debt.

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Undergraduate Credits

Students residing in the U.S. (regardless of citizenship) and U.S. citizens residing abroad

$333 / credit

International students

$440 / credit

Textbook Costs

Digital textbooks are embedded into each course at no additional cost. Unrestricted access is available seven days prior to the start of class and throughout the quarter.


Admissions & Registration Fees

Apply at any time at no cost.


Transfer Credit Evaluation

Our staff will review your transfer documentation at no cost.


Technology Fee

Paid once per quarter


Proctor Fee

Exam Proctor


Faculty & Staff


Faculty & Staff

Every instructor at Lionel is as passionate about health and fitness as you are. Many of our instructors are trainers themselves, or have worked in the fitness industry for most of their careers. Not only will you benefit from their real-world experience, you will learn first-hand what it really takes to succeed in your chosen field.


Of faculty are working professionals in the field of exercise science

15+ years

Average professional experience


Of faculty have advanced degrees


Faculty to student ratio


Of faculty hold doctorates


Of students would recommend their instructors

Career Services


Career Services

Our goal is to support Lionel University students and alumni from all over the world with quality career coaching, tools and resources with our Career Connect For Life Program.


We have partnered with some of the top companies and organizations in Exercise Science to provide career and internship opportunities for our students and alumni. With Career Connect we also offer a wide variety of career coaching services and resources.

  • Career Coaching 
  • Resume & Cover Letter Critiques  
  • Interview Prep 
  • Job & Internship Searching 
  • Professional Etiquette & Networking 
  • Career Fair Prep 
  • Evaluating Career Opportunities
  • Career blogs and video content
  • Networking and mentorships
  • Personal brand development
  • Entrepreneurship Development



Frequently Asked Questions

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