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Personal Fitness Trainer

The Department of Labor reports a shortage of Health and Fitness Professionals. Come join this fun field and be a part of what ABC News calls the 4th hottest job in the U.S. at a national average salary of $25 an hour!

Whether needed for your career or for your own personal knowledge, get all the information you need to become a Certified Personal Trainer. This course is formatted as a 60-hour program and is composed of 15 hours of lecture, 15 hours of practical training, and a 30-hour internship. It covers topics including biomechanics, exercise physiology, fitness testing, equipment usage and health assessment. W.I.T.S., the instructional provider, is the only major certifying body in the country providing comprehensive practical training and internship components.

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

  • Understand and describe basic anatomy, kinesiology and exercise physiology
  • Assess an individual’s level of fitness using American College of Sports Medicine (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

This course is approved for massage therapists, occupational therapists and athletic trainers for recertification hours.

  • 6.0 IACET: International Association of Continuing Education and Training for CEUs for many state nurses, therapists, etc.
  • 6.0 BOC: Board of Certification Process CEUs for Athletic Trainers
  • 6.0 AOTA: American Occupational Therapy Process CEUs
  • 1.5 NCBTMB: National Certification Board for Therapeutic Massage and Bodywork
  • 60 W.I.T.S. Continuing Education Credits

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Requirements & Prerequisites

High school diploma or GED required. This is a beginning level course and no prerequisites are required.

Tuition fee includes 60-hours of lecture and practice training. Students must purchase Fitness Professional’s Handbook (6th ed.). ISBN-13: 9781450411172.

Your certification as a Personal Fitness Trainer will be issued after successful completion of this 60-hour program, a 30-hour internship, and proof of adult CPR & AED certification. SPCS provides only the 60-hour classroom experience.


Register online for this and other Personal Wellness classes.

Contact Us

Special Programs Building
490 Westhampton Way
Univ. of Richmond, VA 23173
Phone: (804) 289-8133
Fax: (804) 289-8138

Monday-Friday: 8:30am–5pm
Closed for University holidays