Position Classification Description

Position Class Code / Title: H2004 / Personal Trainer
Recruitment Tier: Tier 1
FLSA: Non-Exempt
Grade: 11

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 indirect supervision, plans and leads a range of individualized exercise/activity sessions for clients in a fitness specialty area.

Duties and Responsibilities

  1. Administers and evaluates client health history questionnaires and physiological data to determine appropriate individual exercise/activity regimens; maintains the confidentiality of health information disclosed by clients.
  2. Plans and implements individualized exercise/activity programs and cross-training programs for clients.
  3. Determines format and content of exercise/activity program based on individual client needs.
  4. Independently demonstrates and instructs clients on proper technique in standard and specialized exercise areas.
  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 adherence to safety and injury prevention policies and procedures; prepares accident reports as required.
  10. May provide individual guidance and backup support to lower level trainers as required.
  11. Performs miscellaneous job-related duties as assigned.

Minimum Job Requirements

  • High School diploma or GED; at least 1 year of experience directly related to the duties and responsibilities specified. Certification/Licensure CPR Certified; National certification in personal training (ISSA, ACE, 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.
  • Records maintenance skills.
  • Working knowledge of one or more specialty knowledge-based training areas, such as PNF stretching and/or sports performance.
  • Ability to administer client health history questionnaires and interpret physical assessment data.
  • Ability to provide cross-training in various physical exercise areas.
  • 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.
  • Manage confidential information.

Conditions of Employment

  • CPR Certified.
  • Must obtain requisite certification within 30 days of employment and maintain certification status.
  • Must pass a pre-employment criminal background check.

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: 08/26/2019