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Personal Trainer Certificate Program

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Turn your passion for fitness into a rewarding career

NCCA sealAre you looking to help others reach their fitness goals?

The Division of Workforce & Economic Development, in collaboration with the World Instructor Training Schools (W.I.T.S.), offers a Personal Trainer Certification Program designed to help you start a successful career as a trainer.

Taught over a five-week period, the program covers key topics including biomechanics, exercise physiology, fitness testing, equipment usage and health assessment. Each session is seven hours in duration. The first three hours is spent in the classroom followed by a one-hour lunch break. The remaining three hours consist of hands-on practical training labs with role-playing drills on exercises, presentation skills, and other activities to help you master the position.

National Exams are conducted during the final week of the program, and students who pass are eligible to begin a 30-hour internship and ultimately earn the W.I.T.S. certification. Students meet in-class once per week and then meet in the gym following the lecture for the gym practical portion. 

Who Should Enroll

  • Fitness enthusiasts or anyone seeking a new career in the health and fitness industry

Learning Outcomes

  • Understand and describe basic anatomy, kinesiology and exercise physiology
  • Assess an individual’s level of fitness using ACSM guidelines
  • Design and customize exercise programs
  • Demonstrate proper execution of resistance, cardio-respiratory and flexibility exercises
  • Identify and demonstrate at least one strength exercise for every major muscle group
  • Explain ACSM and AHA recommendations for cardiovascular exercise


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

Additional Information

Textbook: Howley, Edward T. and Thompson, Dixie L. 2017. Fitness Professional’s Handbook. 7th Edition with web resources (ISBN-13: 9781492523376). Publisher: Human Kinetics, Champaign, IL. Cost is $104.95 + $9.95 shipping, for a total cost of $114.90 and must be purchased by the student. Students may buy the book at W.I.T.S. at 1-888-330-9487 or www.witseducation.com or you may purchase at Amazon.com

Employment Outlook

The U.S. Dept. of Labor predicts a 8% increase in employment projections for Fitness Trainers from 2014-2024. National average hourly wage is $25.  Be your own boss! Supplement your current salary or work full time as a personal trainer.

Workshop Content

Lectures (15 hours)

  • Exercise Physiology
  • Fundamentals of Anatomy
  • Biomechanics and Applied Kinesiology
  • Health Screenings
  • Fitness Testing
  • Cardiorespiratory Fitness and Exercise
  • Muscular Strength and Endurance
  • Flexibility

Practical (15 hours)

  • Fitness Assessments
  • Client Rapport
  • Biomechanics of Exercise
  • Equipment Usages
  • Weight Training Techniques

Course Dates and Times

Sundays, March 8 – April 5, 2020
9 a.m. - 4 p.m. (1-hour lunch break)

Course Hours: 30 Hours

Course Cost: $1300

Class Locations

Sunday classes meet at the Health & Wellness Center (G-Building, Main Campus),

9 a.m.. – 4 p.m Room TBD

Please bring gym appropriate clothing for the practical lab classes.

Two certifications are available:

To achieve the National Personal Fitness Trainer Certification

  • Students must pass both a written and practical skills exam to be a Level 1 Certified Personal.
  • Attendance is not required unless you are getting college credits.  (This course has optional 3 college credits through the American Council on Education)
  • Adult CPR/AED is required for the certification to be issued*
  • Students have an option for a bonus Level 2 Certification by completing a 30-hour internship through W.I.T.S.  An employer list is given to all students to start their careers.
  • Course requirements must be completed within 12 months of the original course start date
  • The 2-year renewal period is based on the original course completion date

*Once passed, you need the CPR/AED within 60 days of the exam date.  At that point, your certificate will be issued.

Level 2 certification is achieved when you complete your Level 1 exam followed by a 30-hour employer mentored internship.

This course is approved or accredited by the following groups:

  • NCCA: National Commission for Certifying Agencies (written & practical skill competency exams)
  • ACE: American Council on Education (3 college credits)
  • NIRSA: National Intramural Recreation & Sports Association
  • IACET: International Association of Continuing Education & Training


Register online for this course by visiting https://tinyurl.com/bhccmass