Gold Online Certified Personal Trainer Course at Florida Gulf Coast University

Test Vouchers Included


Location: Fort Myers

Class Dates:

Lecture: Instant Online Access
Practical: 1pm-4pm (Fitness Center)

No Class

National Test Date –

***Course is subject to cancellation due to low enrollment***
***Please note, no refunds once class begins. Refund requests are processed within 30 days. Refunds are subject to a $25.00 processing fee***

The W.I.T.S. online personal trainer course is a SELF-PACED program with short, impactful online videos on how to be a successful personal trainer in the fitness industry. The lessons will help you with key core topics to learn how the body functions under the stresses of exercise. Learn exercise physiology, kinesiology, biomechanics, nutrition and more. The essential practical skills are packed with insightful drills that you can duplicate to master the skill set. This course is loaded with practice quizzes, discussion boards and other learning activities. We have included “4”incredible veteran fitness mentors to help your successful outcome. Our supplemental internship programs walk you into some great job opportunities. W.I.T.S. has 6,000 internships sites from club sites like 24 Hours Fitness, Crunch, Gold’s Gym, Equinox and LA Fitness. Your test vouchers for the NCCA Accreditation national exams are included and a must for employers. Turn your passion into a career TODAY.

Special Note: Successful completion of the course activities and online exam will get you a Certificate of Completion. Passing the national exams at a designated nearby college will get you a Level 1 Certified Personal Trainer credential.

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

Prepare for the Certified Personal Trainer National Exam & Get a 2nd Level CPT with this package!

Online Personal Trainer Course Package Includes:

  • Mentored by highly qualified veteran fitness school faculty
  • Online SELF-PACED lessons for optimal learning.
  • Online interactive video lectures, practical video labs, discussion boards, quizzes
  • FREE Test Voucher - W.I.T.S. Certification Exam
  • Digital badge of distinction to verify your credential through social media markets. What is a digital professional badge? Click here
  • 200 page student workbook & other study tools.
  • Student study guide with sample quiz questions (included).

Online Personal Trainer Course Description:

This certification course prepares students to practice as a professional Personal Fitness Trainer. The course includes online or live classroom learning equal to 15 hours of classroom education, 15 hours of practical training, and a 30-hour internship. [Internship only required for Level 2 Certification & 3 college credits to be issued.] Topics include anatomy, biomechanics, exercise physiology, fitness testing and health assessment, nutrition, exercise prescription, equipment usage, special populations, legal and safety issues. Students who successfully complete the online classroom education and exam, practical training and exam, internship, and CPR & AED certifications will receive their nationally recognized W.I.T.S. Personal Training Certification.

Course Prerequisite(s): High school diploma or GED.

Course Objectives:

To provide students with the most current, foundational knowledge, training, and competency testing to certify them to practice as professional certified fitness trainers.

Course Learning Outcomes:

After students complete the Online Personal Trainer Course Certification, they will be able to:

  • Understand and explain key terms and principles of 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, cardiovascular and flexibility exercises.
  • Demonstrate at least one strength exercise for every major muscle group.
  • Explain ACSM and AHA recommendations for cardiovascular exercise.
  • Modify exercise programs to meet the needs of special populations.


Howley, E.T. and Franks, R.D. (2017) Fitness Professional’s Handbook. 7th Ed. Human Kinetics. Champaign, IL


Grading Policy: In order to successfully complete this course, students must respond to all discussion posts (if Hybrid), complete all assignments, complete all quizzes, pass written and practical exams and complete the 30-hour internship (for level 2 only).


Lecture Topics


Lab Topics and Activities


1 Health, Fitness, Performance; Health Risk Appraisal; Functional Anatomy and Biomechanics


1, 2, 3 Health Screening; Record Keeping; Resting Heart Rate and Blood Pressure, Submaximal Testing, Warm-up. 2, 6, 7, 26
2 Functional Anatomy and Biomechanics;

Exercise Physiology

3 and 4 Field Tests for Cardiorespiratory Fitness, Assessing Muscular Fitness, Assessing Range of Motion 7, 9, 10
3 Nutrition, Rx for Weight Management, Rx for Cardiovascular Fitness 5, 11, 12 Body Composition; Programming for Cardiorespiratory Fitness 8, 11, 12
4 Rx for Cardiovascular Fitness; Rx for Muscular Fitness; and Rx for Flexibility and Low Back Function, Exercise and Older Adults 11, 13, 14, 17 Programming for Muscular Fitness, Alternative Resistance, Flexibility 13, 14
5 Special Populations; Behavioral Change; Injury Prevention and Treatment; Legal Issues 18, 19, 20, 23, 26, 27 Programming for Muscular Fitness: Free Weights and Core Training, Case Studies


13, 14

Please note the following important information.

W.I.T.S. Personal Training Certification candidates must submit the following documentation:

  • Register online with a test voucher 35 days prior to their scheduled exam date.
  • In addition, provide a copy of CPR/AED certification to W.I.T.S. main office 7 days prior to scheduled exam date.

Special Note: Call our office at 888-330-9487 or e mail Devon Lewis at for additional LIVE CLASS options on this program or to get a bonus Level 2 – Certified Personal Trainer.

National Test Registration


  1. Whom will I be certified through?
    After successfully passing the exams, you will be certified through (W.I.T.S.), a leader in the field. W.I.T.S. is the World Instructor Training School


  1. Is W.I.T.S. an accredited organization?
    W.I.T.S. is approved and accredited by many higher learning institutions out of Washington, DC. The CPT organizations include the National Commission for Certifying Agencies (NCCA) and is recommended for 3 undergraduate credits by the American Council on Education (ACE). The Group Fitness course is recommended for 3 college credits.


  1. Is there a test given or is this a prep class?
    Our national test dates conveniently run throughout the country in synchronized scheduling with our Certified Personal Trainer courses. A bonus TEST VOUCHER is included with the course. Students must complete the Test Voucher on our website no later than 35 days prior to the exam date. You will become a Certified Personal Trainer Level 1 and be able to work right away after successfully passing the written and practical test. Certified Personal Trainer Level 2 is available as a bonus for no extra cost with the completion of the 30-hour employer internship. In many cases, the internship list we provide walks you into new jobs!

  1. Are there any other requirements to be able to take the exams?
    Yes – in order to take the written and practical exams, you must be at least 18 years of age and have a High School diploma or equivalent. * If you are going for college credits see #11


  1. Is a textbook required?
    Yes, we require a fantastic resource called the Fitness Professionals Handbook 7th Ed. The hardback book is only $98.95 and the e Book is available for $70.00.


  1. When is proof of CPR/AED due?
    A valid CPR/AED card is required No LATER than 60 days after the national certification exams. The CPR/AED must be obtained through live presentation. The options include your college, fire departments, Red Cross, and the American Heart Association. Online courses will not be accepted unless they have a final in-person skills exam to show competency.


  1. Is the internship provided?
    Yes. We send our students who are now Level 1 CPT’s a courtesy list of pre-approved employer facilities. Ultimately, it is the student’s responsibility to contact and complete the internship. As a bonus, you will receive the Level 2 Certified Personal Trainer at no additional cost once you provide W.I.T.S. with documentation that you have completed your internship. Many employers pay a bonus for extra credentials so it is a plus to get it.


  1. Do I have to renew my national certification like other professions?
    Your certification is valid for 2-years and is very easy to do. Every reputable certification in the health education industry requires continuing education. We make it easy with free webinars and low cost effective online workshops.


  1. Is there job placement?
    A majority of the students are hired directly from our internship sites. W.I.T.S. provides a list of available sites that work with us annually. This networking with local employers is a unique service provided by W.I.T.S.



  1. What happens if I do not pass?
    W.I.T.S allows students 2 retests within 12 months of the original course start date. You will need to contact your school to schedule the retest. There is a nominal fee for the retest in conjunction with the school.


  1. Is there an attendance policy for the certification course?
    If you are participating in this course for 3 college credits from the American Council on Education, then you can miss only 1 lecture and 1 practical lab and still be able to test for the national certification. Those hours are tabulated into getting the 3 college credits. The NCCA itself does not require any specific attendance to test since the exams are considered a separate entity. This simply means that you cannot get any college credits from the American Council on Education but your individual college may have their own credit formula.

Online Personal Trainer Course Package Includes:

  • Mentored by highly qualified veteran fitness school faculty
  • Online SELF-PACED lessons for optimal learning.
  • Online interactive video lectures, practical video labs, discussion boards, quizzes
  • FREE Test Voucher - W.I.T.S. Certification Exam
  • Digital badge of distinction to verify your credential through social media markets. What is a digital professional badge? Click here
  • 200 page student workbook & other study tools.
  • Student study guide with sample quiz questions (included).

Additional information


March 21, 2020

COVID-19 Notice: Understand that due to the COVID-19 pandemic that there is a risk. We care about our student trainers, teachers, and testers. Therefore, we are requiring masks to enter the gym or college location at the assigned time/s. You must agree to wear a mask at all times and you will be asked to leave the facility if you do not have one or wear it on site at all times.

Refunds: All courses have a $25 processing fee on refunds.

Online Course Access Statement
All of our online courses have 6 month full 24/7 access to complete your online program. The experience is awesome, simple and very digestible for the novice fitness enthusiast.