BILL NUMBER: SB 374 AMENDED BILL TEXT AMENDED IN ASSEMBLY JUNE 24, 2009 AMENDED IN SENATE APRIL 2, 2009 INTRODUCED BY Senator Calderon FEBRUARY 26, 2009 An act to add Chapter 2.7 (commencing with Section 18900) to Division 8 of the Business and Professions Code, relating to personal trainers. LEGISLATIVE COUNSEL'S DIGEST SB 374, as amended, Calderon. Personal trainers. Existing law imposes requirements for a person to hold himself or herself out as a member of a particular vocation or profession, but does not impose those requirements with respect to personal trainers. This bill would provide that a person may not hold himself or herself out as a personal trainer, as defined, unless he or she has a bachelor's degree in either exercise science, kinesiology, fitness science, or another closely related field, or is certified by a national independent organization, as specified, or by an organization accredited by
eitherthe Council for Higher Education Accreditation , the American National Standards Institute, or by the United States Department of Education. The bill would also require a potential employer, other than an individual, to verify that a person holding himself or herself out as a personal trainer is so accredited or certified. The bill would also require a person holding himself or herself out as a personal trainer to renew and maintain his or her accreditation or certification. Under the bill, a first failure to meet this requirement would subject the person to a $500 administrative fine, a second failure would be subject to a $750 fine, and a third failure would be subject to a $1,000 fine and the person could no longer hold himself or herself out as a personal trainer. These fines would be collected by the Department of Consumer Affairs, and deposited into the Consumer Affairs Fund within the State Treasury, and, upon appropriation by the Legislature 50% of the fine money would be transferred to the office of the district attorney for the county in which the personal trainer resides. This bill, upon appropriation therefor, would also require the department to receive consumer complaints regarding personal trainers and to forward a complaint to the district attorney for the county in which the personal trainer resides. The bill would require the district attorney to investigate the complaint, including determining whether the person is accredited or certified as required, thereby imposing a state-mandated local program. The bill would become operative on January 1, 2012. The California Constitution requires the state to reimburse local agencies and school districts for certain costs mandated by the state. Statutory provisions establish procedures for making that reimbursement. This bill would provide that, if the Commission on State Mandates determines that the bill contains costs mandated by the state, reimbursement for those costs shall be made pursuant to these statutory provisions. Vote: majority. Appropriation: no. Fiscal committee: noyes . State-mandated local program: noyes . THE PEOPLE OF THE STATE OF CALIFORNIA DO ENACT AS FOLLOWS: SECTION 1. Chapter 2.7 (commencing with Section 18900) is added to Division 8 of the Business and Professions Code, to read: CHAPTER 2.7. PERSONAL TRAINERS 18900. (a) It shall be unlawful for any person to hold himself or herself out as a, or use the title of, personal trainer, unless he or she meets the requirements of paragraph (1) or (2). (1) The person has a bachelor's degree in exercise science, kinesiology, fitness science, or another closely related field. (2) The person is certified under one of the following: (A) By a national independent organization whose certification procedures for personal trainers have been approved by the National Commission for Certifying Agencies (NCCA). (B) As a personal trainer by an organization accredited by either the Council for Higher Education AccreditationAccreditation, the American National Standards Institute (ANSI), or by the United States Department of Education. (b) For purposes of this chapter, "to hold himself or herself out as a, or use the title of, personal trainer" means to state or advertise or put out any sign or card or other device, or to represent to the public through any print or electronic media, that he or she is a personal trainer (c) (1) For purposes of this chapter, "personal trainer" means an individual who has expertise in developing and implementing physical fitness and training programs for individuals, and who provides those services through either a direct financial relationship with an individual or through an organization that is compensated for making those services available. (2) The term "personal trainer" shall not include an individual who only provides training in a particular discipline such as yoga, pilates, or the use of a particular piece of equipment or device such as a bicycle, that does not include providing advice or assistance on other aspects of physical fitness and training, such as body weight management, cardiovascular fitness, endurance, and overall muscle and strength development. (d) A person, in order to continue to hold himself or herself out as a personal trainer, shall maintain his or her accreditation or certification pursuant to subdivision (a) in good standing. (e) Prior to hiring a personal trainer, a person, other than a natural person, shall verify that the person holding himself or herself out as a personal trainer is in compliance with subdivision (a) of Section 18900. 18905. A person who violates subdivision (d) of Section 18900 shall pay the following administrative fines to the department pursuant to Section 18910: (a) Five hundred dollars ($500) for a first violation. (b) Seven hundred fifty dollars ($750) for a second violation. (c) One thousand dollars ($1,000) for a third violation, and the person shall no longer hold himself or herself out as a personal trainer. 18910. Upon an appropriation by the Legislature therefor, the Department of Consumer Affairs shall do the following: (a) Accept consumer complaints pertaining to personal trainers. (b) Refer these complaints to the district attorney for the county in which the personal trainer resides. The district attorney shall investigate these complaints. (c) Collect administrative fines pursuant to Section 18905 and deposit the fine money in the Consumer Affairs Fund. (d) Upon appropriation by the Legislature, transfer 50 percent of the fines collected pursuant to Section 18905 to the district attorney for the county in which the fined personal trainer resides. 18915. This act shall become operative on January 1, 2012. SEC. 2. If the Commission on State Mandates determines that this act contains costs mandated by the state, reimbursement to local agencies and school districts for those costs shall be made pursuant to Part 7 (commencing with Section 17500) of Division 4 of Title 2 of the Government Code.