Master Trainer Certificate

The Master Trainer Certifcate Program is designed to fully equip graduates with a comprehensive foundation of both the science and practice of personal training, fitness nutrition, and fitness programming for special populations. The curriculum prepares graduates to properly assess, train, and motivate the general population, clients needing fitness nutrition coaching, and special populations.

Master Trainers work as:

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

Is a Master Trainer Certificate Right for You?

Take the Lionel University “Master Trainer Certificate Training Readiness Quiz”

This fun, online quiz takes 3 minutes to complete and you’ll get a personalized report. Identify your strengths and social style plus the training and positions you’re best suited for. Get Your Fitness Training Readiness score now >>



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.

*Certifications are issued by ISSA, LLC (an affiliated third-party). Lionel University provides a list to ISSA, LLC. of students who pass PTR251-PTR261 courses at the end of each quarter. ISSA, LLC. then issues the certifications via mail to these students. Lionel University does not own or operate ISSA, LLC., and is not responsible for the issuing of the certifications.

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

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.

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

At Lionel, our instructors are the epitome of Exercise Science Professionals. With extensive expertise in their chosen field, they provide you with insight that only real-world experience can offer - teaching you exactly what it takes to thrive in your career journey!


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

At Lionel University, we are dedicated to ensuring the success of our students and alumni by providing them with unparalleled access to career opportunities.

Our Career Connect For Life Program has partnered with leading companies in Exercise Science – enabling both current students and alumni alike to take advantage of job postings as well as receive top-quality coaching services for their professional journey into the future.

  • 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



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