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Personal Trainer National Certification


Come join this fun profession and be a part of what Fortune Magazine & ABC states as the 4th hottest job in the U.S. at a national average of $34 an hour. Employers like 24 Hour Fitness, LA Fitness and Gold’s Gyms are just a few of the club groups that seek out our graduates. Whether a career move or for your own personal knowledge get all the information you need to become a Certified Personal Trainer. This challenging course is taught in two versions: over a 5- week period for those who want to complete the class in a shorter process with the National Exam being held on the 6th week OR over a 8-week period for better retention and skill competency followed by the National Exam, held on the 9th week. This course is formatted as a 62-hour program and is comprised of 16 hours of lecture, 16 hours of hands on practical training and a 30-hour internship that networks many graduates right into a job. The course prepares you for success with key topics that include biomechanics, exercise physiology, fitness testing, and equipment usage and health assessment. CPR/AED is needed to receive the certificate. W.I.T.S. is the only major certifying body in the country providing comprehensive practical training and internship components. Textbook available in CPCC bookstore.


  • Successful completion of this course will result in passing the Personal Trainer National Certification exam.


  1. Personal Training Core Knowledge
    • Exercise Physiology (the study of the ways the cells and tissues of the body function during exercise.
    • Anatomy (the study of the structure of the body and its relationships of the body parts to each other)
    • Kinesiology (the study of the principle of mechanics and anatomy in relation to human movement)
    • Nutrition
    • Health Screening
    • Testing and Evaluation
    • Cardio-respiratory Fitness
    • Flexibility
    • Special Populations
    • Adherence
    • Motivation
    • Communication
    • Musculoskeletal Injuries
    • Legal Guidelines
  2. Personal Training Practical Application
    • All of the following involve drills to learn your trade and make your mistakes with your fellow students, rather than on an unsuspecting client.
    • Evaluating your clients  
      • Medical histories, Fitness screenings and liability issues.
      • Interview techniques and goal selections
      • Fitness testing protocols
    • Biomechanics of Exercise  
      • Terminology uses for program design
    • Equipment Usages
        • Free weights and tubing
        • Machines (Universal, Nautilus, etc.)
    • Weight Training Techniques
      • Breaking plateaus
      • Super sets, pyramids
      • Origins of all techniques for modifications
      • Business protocols and handouts



Method of Instruction

Lecture and drills


  • Exam: Passing the national exam
  • Demonstration of Skills for the national exam
  • Class Participation