Professional Education & Certificates

Professional Education and Certificate Programs at BC3 offer students training to start a new career and classes to advance current skills and/or obtain license renewal. Enroll in a class that interests you!

Certificate Programs


Complete each course to earn a certificate or enroll in specific classes within the program. Use the links below for class descriptions and start dates.

Basic Health Care Employment Skills Hybrid

This program is FREE to qualified participants. Earn a certificate in Basic Health Care Employment Skills. Learn the basic skills needed for entry-level employment in the health care field or prepare to enroll in a certified training program related to health care. Students will have the opportunity to earn certifications in CPR, AED and First Aid as well as HIPPA.

  • Basic Health Care Employment Skills Certificate - Main Campus

Certified Personal Trainer CourseHybrid

May 8 - June 12 (15-hours online plus 15-hours weekly in-person skill labs)
June 25 & 26- National exams
Level I Certification - pass written & practical exams
Level II Certification - complete Level I plus optional 30-hour internship at no additional cost
$849 (plus text) - Exam vouchers included.

Get all the information needed to start an exciting fitness career & become a Certified Personal Trainer. The self-paced course with optional scheduled online lectures with a top 5 star teacher will cover 15 hours on anatomy, exercise physiology, kinesiology, biomechanics, nutrition and more.

Who Should Enroll:
Fitness enthusiasts, coaches, college students in the field, massage therapists or anyone seeking a new career in the health and fitness industry


  • Minimum 18 Years of age
  • High School Diploma or GED

Fitness professionals have a range of opportunities for employment.
Examples include:

  • Sports and athletic teams (coaching)
  • Gyms and fitness facilities (24 Hour Fitness, Gold’s Gyms, AnyTime Fitness & More)
  • Corporate fitness centers
  • Rehabilitation centers
  • Self-employment (Fitness Studios)

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CO.STARTERS Entrepreneurship Online

This introductory, online noncredit program offers a nationally-recognized, licensed curriculum. Whether you’ve already started developing an idea or exploring new ideas, this program will give you the tools and support to move forward.

Family Violence Across the Lifespan

Develop an understanding of the historical evolution and the current theory and research in the area of family violence.

Human Resource Management Online

Develop or enhance the skills necessary to for employment in HR management or promotion in existing employment to a supervisory level. Topics address the total employee life cycle from recruitment to termination. Take classes to complete the certificate or enroll in a specific class. This certificate is recognized by SHRM (Society for Human Resource Management) and stackable into BC3’s Human Resource Management, A.A.S.

Lifestyle Wellness Coaching Course Online

Lifestyle Wellness Coaching Course
Open Enrollment
13 hours over 4 weeks
$499 (plus text) - for current trainers

Self-paced online-mentored class to help develop the personal skills to lead clients, while opening new revenue streams outside of just exercise training sessions

  • Learn how to provide clients with personal awareness techniques that will create new possibilities and help them overcome previous limitations.
  • Includes 12 hours of video instruction, drills and testing.
  • Video lessons will teach the skills of successful coaching and allow to practice and build confidence in coaching relationships as a lifestyle wellness coach.
  • This is the next level in professional growth to build on a personal business and increase billable hours.

Included: Online exam

***Fitness professionals have a range of opportunities for employment. Examples include:

  • Sports and athletic teams
  • Gyms and fitness facilities
  • Corporate fitness centers
  • Rehabilitation centers
  • Self-employment

To register, contact Kate Buza at 724-287-8711, ext. 8171

Manufacturing Pre-Apprenticeship

Designed to develop entry-level skills to start a manufacturing career. Learn to read blueprints and use a variety of measuring instruments and basic shop equipment. Earn both NIMS and NTMA credentials. This certificate is offered in partnership with Penn United Technologies, Inc.

Medical Fitness Specialist Online

Medical Fitness Specialist
Open Enrollment
30-hours - all ONLINE including final exams
$875 (plus text)

This 30-hour certification (30 CECs) is an advanced certification for fitness professionals and other types of health occupations like therapists. If you are ready to take the next step in your career and offer new services to a wide variety of clients, then this program will prepare you to succeed. You will learn in this challenging exercise course the core essentials of helping clients with specialized chronic illness. You will be able to practically apply the knowledge in programming safe and effective workouts. Nothing is more rewarding than working with the medical community to do great things for people with special medical issues. This MFS Level 1 Certification includes a written core exam and a practical case scenario exam to demonstrate operational safe and effective competency. Current CPR/AED Certification required before being issued certification

15 hours of core knowledge lectures and 15 hours of practical knowledge in program development. Course topics include:

  • Exercise Is Medicine in Chronic Care
  • Basic Physical Activity and Exercise Recommendations for Persons With Chronic Conditions
  • Art of Clinical Exercise Programming
  • Art of Exercise Medicine: Counseling and Socioecological Factors
  • Approach to the Common Chronic Conditions
  • Chronic Conditions Strongly Associated With Physical Inactivity
  • Chronic Conditions Very Strongly Associated With Tobacco
  • Cancer, Significant Sequelae Related to Common Chronic Conditions
  • Depression and Anxiety Disorders.

Who Should Enroll:
Fitness professionals, college students in similar fields, massage therapists and other related fields like occupational therapists


  • Minimum 18 Years of age
  • High School Diploma or GED
  • Preferably with a personal trainer certification or a related degree

To register, contact Kate Buza at 724-287-8711, ext. 8171

Patient Care Technician Hybrid

Earn certifications to provide basic nursing care under the supervision of a licensed nurse.

Personal Care Home Administrator

Personal Care Homes provide lodging, food, and support services for people who are elderly or have mental or physical disabilities. Residents need help with dressing, eating, taking medications, mobility, and finances. To complete this certificate, students must pass the free competency test.

Quality Inspector

The Quality Inspector needs a unique set of skills in order to assist their company in producing a good quality product in an efficient manner. This course will provide students with the knowledge and foundation to grasp the principles of quality control inspection, the basic theories and methods of performing quality inspections and documenting the results.

  • Quality Inspector Certificate

ServSafe® Food Protection Manager Certification Exam

Starting in 2020, the Pennsylvania Food Code requires that the person in charge (PIC) of a food service operation be a Certified Food Protection Manger. That person must be onsite at all times during operating hours. To receive and maintain certification, individuals are required to pass a certification exam every five (5) years. Passing the ServSafe® Food Protection Manager Certification Examination with a 75% or higher meets this requirement.

Includes one-hour free review with certified instructor and proctored exam.

Please note: This is the exam only. If you are in need of the ServSafe® Food Safety Manager Course to prepare for the exam, please contact Kate Buza by phone or email for information about the online course option.


Gain the theoretical knowledge and hands-on application necessary to adjoin similar and dissimilar metals, and perform a variety of other tasks associated with welding.

Professional Education 

Obtain license renewal or fulfill mandatory continuing education requirements in your field. Click on each class for a description and start date.

First Time Notary

This state-approved seminar fulfills the mandatory education provision for new Pennsylvania notaries. Topics include notary public law, notarial seal and register, the seven notarial powers, and more. Offered through a partnership with the PA Association of Notaries.

  • First Time Notary

PA Real Estate License Renewal

Real Estate agents are required to complete continuing education hours to renew or reactivate their license. Our classes are approved by the PA State Real Estate Commission and fulfill the 14-hour requirement during each 2-year licensing period.

Root Cause Analysis & Corrective Action

Designed to enhance your problem solving skills, this interactive training will help you uncover the underlying problems that could negatively impact your organizations’ operations, quality, and profitability. Get more information

W.I.T.S. Certification Renewal Courses & Workshops

W.I.T.S. requires periodic re-certification to promote professional development for health and fitness professionals to ensure that individuals who hold a W.I.T.S. credential maintain a commitment to learning in their area(s) of practice to strengthen their knowledge and skills. Maintain your professional credential to protect your work status and your liability with these exclusive W.I.T.S. Certification Renewal Courses & workshops that count towards W.I.T.S. continuing education requirements.

Online Partners

Career Step

BC3 partners with Career Step to offer training for students in the medical field.


BC3 partners with ed2go to offer programs that provide the skills needed to acquire professional level positions for many in-demand occupations.


BC3 partners with UGotClass to offer certificates and classes to obtain and refresh skills in business, health, social media, and educational environments.

The World Instructor Training Schools (W.I.T.S.)

BC3 partners with W.I.T.S. to offer continuing education classes and workshops in health and fitness.

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