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Position Classification Description

Position Class Code / Title: H3004 / Personal Trainer 3
Recruitment Tier: Tier 1
FLSA: Non-Exempt
Grade: 12

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 minimal supervision, independently interprets and evaluates need, and plans, implements, and leads integrated individualized exercise/activity programs for clients at all levels, and with a broad range of fitness, rehabilitation, and/or other specialized requirements.

Duties and Responsibilities

  1. Administers and evaluates client health history questionnaires and physiological data to determine appropriate individual exercise/activity regimens.
  2. Independently interprets physiological assessment data and/or post-rehabilitation recommendations of referring medical providers/therapists to determine the nature and extent of specific client requirements.
  3. Plans and implements standard and specialized exercise regimens, and/or post-rehabilitative exercise programs in response to assessed individual need and assessed capability.
  4. Independently determines format and content of programs based on assessed client abilities and needs, and on interpretation of physiological assessment and/or referral data.
  5. Sets up and monitors training equipment; ensures equipment is returned in serviceable condition.
  6. Advises participants on program and class policies and procedures, as appropriate.
  7. Assists in peforming follow-up and communication with participants, as required.
  8. Tracks client progress and maintains complete and accurate client files.
  9. Ensures client adherance to safety and injury prevention policies and procedures; prepares accident reports as required.
  10. Provides professional guidance, mentorship, and/or leadership to lower level Personal Trainers as required or appropriate.
  11. Performs miscellaneous job-related duties as assigned.

Minimum Job Requirements

  • Bachelor's degree in Exercise Science or directly related field; at least 5 years of experience directly related to the duties and responsibilities specified. Certification/Licensure CPR Certified; National certification in personal training (ACSM or NSCA), or equivalent.
  • 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

  • Working knowledge of physical training principles, methods, and techniques within a specified area of exercise science.
  • Ability to provide technical guidance and leadership to professional personnel in area of expertise.
  • Working knowledge of one or more specialty knowledge-based training areas, such as PNF stretching and/or sports performance.
  • Records maintenance skills.
  • Ability to administer client health history questionnaires and interpret physical assessment data.
  • Ability to interpret medical information and provider referral recommendations and develop responsive, effective post-rehab exercise programs.
  • In-depth knowledge of post-rehab exercise principles, procedures, and techniques.
  • Ability to independently plan and implement individual exercise/activity programs.
  • Ability to provide expert demonstration and instruction in general and specialized exercise techniques.
  • Ability to read, understand, follow, and enforce safety procedures.
  • Ability to set up, calibrate, and maintain sophisticated exercise equipment.
  • Ability to communicate technical information to non-technical personnel.

Conditions of Employment

  • CPR Certified.
  • Must maintain certification status.

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