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Personal Trainer National Certification


Whether for a career move or for personal knowledge, earning two levels of national certification as a personal trainer will give you the expertise you need. This course offers candidates in-depth instruction and hands-on practice with a top veteran instructor. In 16 hours of lecture you will cover topics, including biomechanics, exercise physiology, fitness testing, equipment usage and health assessment. Another 16 hours of hands-on practical training labs gives you role playing drills on exercises, presentation skills, and more. Your progress in the course is up to you. Level One Certification - Nationally Certified Personal Trainer: Successfully complete the written and practical exams. CPR/AED certification required. Level Two Certification - Nationally Certified Personal Trainer: Successfully complete your Level One exams followed by a 30-hour internship that will connect you to local employers and provide practice in a professional setting. Required Textbook: Fitness Professional’s Handbook- 7th Edition with Web Resources ISBN-13:9781492523376. Purchase textbook prior to start of class. Students must be age 18 or older to receive certification.


  • Successful completion of this course will ultimately prepare you to  pass the Personal Trainer National Certification exam.


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. 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.

Personal Trainer National Certification


  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 Practical engagement/ skill building


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