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Program Objective

The objective of the Peer Fitness Trainer (PFT) certification program is to provide a fitness trainer standard consistent with the health and fitness needs of the fire rescue service.  The PFT course is designed and approved by the International Association of Fire Fighters (IAFF), the American Council on Exercise (ACE), and the International Association of Fire Chiefs (IAFC).  Those successfully passing the certification examination have demonstrated the knowledge and skills required to design and implement fitness and wellness programs for department personnel.

Certified Fitness Trainers

  • Matt Stancil
  • Phil Caudle


 Fitness Pentagon A certified PFT requires a basic understanding of applicable scientific foundations and practical applications.  Accordingly, the candidate is tested on knowledge of anatomy, kinesiology, biomechanics, exercise science, exercise testing, exercise programming, exercise techniques, instructional/spotting techniques, nutrition, and fire rescue service wellness/fitness.  The examination also evaluates the candidate's motivational and communication skills.  


Personnel: To schedule your fitness assessment, click here.
Trainers: To schedule the fitness assessment center, click here

Program Overview

Assessment Forms

Course Documents


American Council on Exercise Text Presentations

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