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Position Classification Description

Position Class Code / Title: H1004 / Personal Trainer 1
Recruitment Tier: Tier 1
FLSA: Non-Exempt
Grade: 09

This is a description of a Staff Position Classification. It is not an announcement of a position opening. To view descriptions of current openings, please go to UNMJobs and Search Postings to view positions that are currently accepting applications.

The following statements are intended to describe, in broad terms, the general functions and responsibility levels characteristic of positions assigned to this classification. They should not be viewed as an exhaustive list of the specific duties and prerequisites applicable to individual positions that have been so classified.


Under direct supervision, participates in planning and leads basic individualized exercise/activity sessions for clients in an assigned fitness area.

Duties and Responsibilities

  1. Under supervision, evaluates or participates in the evaluation of client questionnaires and physiological data to determine appropriate exercise/activity regimens.
  2. Works with supervisor or more senior Trainer to plan individual exercise/activity programs for clients in such areas as cardiovascular conditioning, flexibility training, and/or weight training, ensuring safe and complete client training.
  3. Sets up and monitors training equipment; ensures equipment is returned in serviceable condition.
  4. Advises participants on program and class policies and procedures, as appropriate.
  5. Assists in peforming follow-up and communication with participants, as required.
  6. Tracks client progress and maintains complete and accurate client files.
  7. Ensures client adherance to safety and injury prevention policies and procedures; prepares accident reports as required.
  8. Performs miscellaneous job-related duties as assigned.

Minimum Job Requirements

  • Technical certificate in Personal Training (e.g.: ASSA, ACE, or equivalent); at least 1 year of experience directly related to the duties and responsibilities specified.
  • Completed degree(s) from an accredited institution that are above the minimum education requirement may be substituted for experience on a year for year basis.

Knowledge, Skills and Abilities Required

  • Ability to perform routine physiological evaluations and assessments for adult clientele and plan appropriate individual exercise/activity sessions.
  • Working knowledge of physical training principles, methods, and techniques within a specified area of exercise science.
  • Records maintenance skills.
  • Ability to set up, calibrate, and maintain sophisticated exercise equipment.
  • Ability to read, understand, follow, and enforce safety procedures.
  • Ability to communicate technical information to non-technical personnel.

Conditions of Employment

  • CPR Certified.

Working Conditions and Physical Effort

  • Moderate physical activity. Requires occasional handling of items up to 100 pounds.
  • Work environment involves minimal exposure to physical risks, such as operating dangerous equipment or working with chemicals.
  • Work may involve moderate exposure to unusual elements, such as extreme temperatures, dirt, dust, fumes, smoke, unpleasant odors, and/or loud noises.

The University of New Mexico provides all training required by OSHA to ensure employee safety.

Revised Date: 03/20/2017