I just got off the phone with a friend that wants to become a personal trainer and was telling me that they were going to enroll in Provo College to get a degree in personal training.
I have a huge problem with the scam that Provo College and many other colleges whether big, small or online are trying to pull. The fact is that these colleges are making up a degree so that they can steal peoples money to give them some bogus degree that will not help them get a job any more than taking the personal trainer certification test would.
To become a personal trainer you simply have to pass a test. There are many different tests and they all cost a lot of money to take. This is annoying because most of them don't even test actual knowledge that you would need to be a good trainer but they got paid a lot of money by you taking their test. And gyms trusts these inaccurate tests and don't question the knowledge of the trainer.
Basically anyone can pass most of the certification tests after one day of studying. Sadly the hardest test to pass (the ACSM) focuses more on physiology than actual workouts with clients.
People with degrees in the health field from accredited universities cannot be trainers with their 4 year bachelors degree until they pay the money to take a random test from one of the hundreds of companies capitalizing on the poor qualification for personal trainers.
The fact that more importance in put on a simple test than on a 4 year Degree shows that the only reason is money. These large gyms most likely have contracts with the companies that provide the tests and they most likely share the earnings from the outrageous charges to take the tests.