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Personal Trainer Certification Course – 60 CECs

Approved for 3 college credits through the American Council on Education



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Your Fitness Career Starts Here!!

Join us and become a nationally certified personal trainer. W.I.T.S. offers one of the hottest health occupations in the best environment possible, your own area college. Take on a career that you can be proud of while earning a great living as a nationally certified personal trainer. The fitness industry has a big shortage in the personal trainer field. What that means is that you have a great opportunity to be on the front lines of our obesity health issues and make a difference in people’s lives. Change your life today, make a good living ($34 an hour, national average) and feel great helping others!

W.I.T.S. has over 5,000 Employers of all sizes that look to hire our qualified certified personal trainers. Act today as class size is limited in most college locations. Our internship program walks many of our graduates into jobs!!

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Would you rather do most of the studying for the national certification ONLINE? Click here for the Hybrid Personal Trainer Course!

This 62-hour certification program includes the following;

“Bonus Digital Badge Free” with successfully completing the program!
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  • 16 hours of lecture
  • 16 hours of practical hands on training
  • 110 question multiple choice
  • A (1 on 1) hands on practical skill competency exam with a mock client.
  • A 30-hour internship in the field with experienced trainers as mentors.
  • The course is taught over on a 6 or 9 week LIVE format.


Career Enhancing Benefits:

  1. Master the skill competencies under the watchful eye of a professional faculty member.
  2. The industry’s only field internship to walk you into jobs.
  3. Digital badge of distinction to verify your credential through social media.  What is a digital professional badge?  Click here
  4. A student study page with FREE study tools.
  5. Optional online course review with video lectures, practical labs & much more.
  6. Higher institutional learning with college classrooms for optimal learning. (No weekend warrior courses in a hotel with W.I.T.S.)
  7. Course approved for 3 undergraduate academic credits

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book-fitnesspro6thEdRequired textbook is not included.  Testing fees are included in the collegiate course!

Fitness Professional’s Handbook-6th Edition
Author Edward Howley, Dixie Thompson and may be obtained via the W.I.T.S. Store Front

Our W.I.T.S. store front has additional retired exams and online comprehensive review courses that include complete video lectures and much more.  Registered collegiate students can access the entire review course for only an additional $75 fee.

Required Readings for the course:
Personal Fitness Trainer Syllabus 9wk (pdf)
Personal Fitness Trainer Syllabus 6w (pdf)


A sample listing of employers of W.I.T.S. Grads!




Good morning. I completed the course in New Richmond, Wisconsin, in May 2015. All internship components were completed by August. I took the class for person growth, and found the training to be phenomenal! As someone who works with curriculum every day, the course content, competencies, and assessments aligned nicely. The internship provided an opportunity to put into practice everything covered in the course. It was one of the best learning opportunities I have had in a long time. Thanks for offering the class in our area.
If you have any questions, please let me know.
Thank you,
Susan L. – took course at WITC


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August 7, 2014
To Whom It May Concern:
Being a WITS Certified Personal Trainer has afforded me a number of opportunities. As a result of those opportunities and the education I’ve received, I’ve been able to accomplish many things, and bring fitness and healthy living to a number of populations in my community. A list of noted accomplishments is provided below:
• 4 Years as a Personal Trainer, Coach and Group-X Instructor for the YMCA
• Started a Wrestling Program at YMCA, of which I was Head Coach for 2 years
• 1 Year Physical Fitness Team Leader at local elementary school
• Opened my own in home personal training business in 2012 – My New Trainer, LLC
• 2 Years as a Group Ex Instruction and Wellness Team member at ESPN
• Became an Officer and Training Instructor for the US Naval Sea Cadets
• Became Lead Personal Trainer & Fitness Coordinator at current employer, Body Temple Fitness
Aside from my official and career accomplishments, I am routinely consulted on an “unofficial” basis as the expert in weight lost, athletics, and healthy living. I have competed in a number of Tough Mudder™ events, both on my own and with clients and friends who I have trained in the preparation of such events, and I have competed in and completed a full distance IronMan Triathlon, among a variety of other physical fitness challenges. On both a social and professional level, I provide, encourage, and most importantly, make fun and accessible a lifestyle of healthy living for the people around me.
I thank you for providing me with the education that has given me the ability to improve the quality of life for the people in my life and in my community
Thank you,
John Derek Zvonek C.P.T.
My New Trainer, LLC

Want to know what you will learn?

Learning Outcomes:

After successfully completing this course, students will be able to:

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

High school diploma or GED Required. Must be 18 years of age for certification. This is a beginning level course. No pre-requisites are required.

Methods of Instruction:
Lecture, demonstration, hands-on practice, skills assessments and final examination. Registered students receive course workbook and study guide and information on required course textbook. Students are also required to participate in a 30-hour internship.

Completion Requirements:
Students must pass both a written and practical exam. Attendance policy click here. Proof of Instructor-led, hands-on class format Adult CPR/AED is required for the certification to be issued. Students are also required to complete a 30-hour internship. All items must be completed within 6 months of the original course start date. The renewal period is based on the original course completion dates.

Course Outline:


  • Exercise physiology, anatomy.
  • Anatomy, kinesiology.
  • Nutrition, health screening, testing, cardio-respiratory fitness.
  • Flexibility, strength and endurance, special populations.
  • Adherence, motivation, musculoskeletal injuries, legal guidelines.
  • Exam.


  • Medical history and screening.
  • Interview techniques and goal setting.
  • Fitness testing protocols.
  • Exercise prescription, equipment use.
  • Resistance training techniques, program design.
  • Exam.


College Credits & Continuing Education Units for these Professions:

  • 3 undergraduate academic credits by the American Council on Education.
  • 6.0 IACET: International Association of Continuing Education and Training for CEUs for many state nurses, therapists etc.
  • 6.0 AOTA: American Occupational Therapy Process CEUs
  • 1.5 NCBTMB: National Certifying Board for Therapeutic Massage and Bodywork
  • 60 W.I.T.S. Continuing Education Credits

Additional Resources:

A student page has been created for all kinds of extras for current LIVE class students. Registered students also receive discounts on ONLINE study tools and practice exams. Students who do not pass the course the first time can retake the course without extra cost in most sites and re-test for a nominal fee.

*Instructor-led, hands-on class format adult CPR/AED is required for the certification to be issued.  It may be completed before or after the course and the exams.  Results will be issued but no certificate without the proof of CPR/AED.

Unique Extra’s for your success in the W.I.T.S. certification course:

  • Student workbook (included no charge).
  • Student study guide (included no charge).
  • Online interactive lectures and practical labs (discounted) for LIVE course study tools .
  • Permanent year round college sites nationally.
  • Written and Practical skills competency retest only $75.00
  • Special Note: If you are not near a college site please check out our
  • Blended / Hybrid Personal Trainer program to pursue your career goals.

Special Note: If you are not near a college site please check out our Blended / Hybrid Personal Trainer program to pursue your career goals.

The certification is eligible for Workforce Investment Act funding and Veteran’s Educational Benefits in many states. Interested applicants should check with the college listed, your local Workforce Investment Board or Veteran’s Administration offices for additional information.


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Course Access Statement
All of our online courses have 6 month full 24/7 access to complete your online program.  The only exception to this rule is the certifications.  Those larger programs have a full 12 month access for your convenience.