Personal Trainer Certificate Program

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Turn your passion for fitness into a rewarding career.

Program Overview: 

Are you looking for a rewarding career that helps people maintain a healthy and active lifestyle?

The Center for Professional Education (CPE), 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 six-week period, the program covers key topics including biomechanics, exercise physiology, fitness testing, equipment usage and health assessment. 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 virtually on a weekday evening and then meet once in the gym on weekends for the gym practical portion. 

BONUS: Be one of the first 15 students to enroll in the Personal Trainer Certificate Program and gain free access to the Health Coach Certification course. A $599 value, this course is designed to provide students with a comprehensive foundation of knowledge and techniques to become a successful health coach. Once you enroll, a W.I.T.S. representative will contact you with details.

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
Textbook Information: 

Textbook Information: The required textbook is Fitness Professional's Handbook 8th Edition With HKPropel Access and can be purchased in either ebook ($82) or paperback ($109 ) format after May 1, 2024.

The ebook can be purchased here.

The textbook can be purchased here.

Additional Information: 

Gym sessions meet at Austin Highland Gold’s Gym at 6001 Middle Fiskville Road, Austin, TX 78752.

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 Trainer.
  • 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 provided to all students.
  • 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.

This certificate program is offered in collaboration with World Instructor Training Schools (W.I.T.S.).

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For withdrawal, transfer and refund information, see Policy Code D.

At A Glance

6 weeks
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