Certified Personal Trainer Program

Learn to be a successful fitness professional by earning your Personal Trainer Certification from World Instructor Training Schools (WITS) in this newly expanded nine-week course. Learn anatomy, biomechanics, exercise physiology, fitness testing and health assessment, nutrition, exercise prescription, equipment usage, special populations, and legal and safety issues.

The emphasis is on teaching both theoretical information and practical skills to apply in real-world settings. This 66-hour program includes 16 lecture hours, 16 practical training hours and 30 internship hours over eight weeks. The WITS National Exam is held on week nine (cost included). CPR/AED is required to receive certification.

Careers

Jobs for fitness instructors and personal athletic trainers are expected to increase faster than average, by 24 percent through the year 2020, according to the Bureau of Labor Statistics. Salaries vary greatly based on many factors and can range from $17,070 to $63,400.

What People are Saying

"Taking the Certified Personal Trainer course at COD made all the difference. Having a classroom environment, an instructor to answer questions, and actual hands-on training in a fitness center left me confident and prepared. I passed the exam and got a job two weeks later!  —Renee Berg, Student

"I'm a licensed dietitian and I took the Certified Personal Trainer class because some of the clients I work with are trying to lose weight. I wanted to be more knowledgeable about exercise and fitness — the course has greatly helped me in this aspect. The instructor was knowledgeable and the weekend scheduling was convenient for me. It was a great course and I recommend it."  —Catherine Gonzales, Student

"If you want to know how to become healthier and live longer, or if you are interested in guiding others to healthy living habits, this is the course for you!"  —Wes Schoenfeldt, Student

 "The WITS Certified Personal Trainer course provided me with information that helped me become an outstanding personal trainer. The course provided me with a wealth of fitness-related knowledge that enabled me to open a personal training business and fitness facility in Naperville — the Midwest Fit Club." —Shane Herman, Student and Owner, Midwest Fit Club 

 

Upcoming Certification Courses

 

WITS: Certified Personal Trainer Certification

Earn WITS personal trainer certification in this newly expanded nine-week course. This 66-hour program includes 16 lecture hours, 16 practical training hours and 30 internship hours over eight weeks. The WITS National Exam is held on week nine (cost included). Learn anatomy, biomechanics, exercise physiology, fitness testing and health assessment, nutrition, exercise prescription, equipment usage, special populations, and legal and safety issues. CPR/AED is required to receive certification. A textbook is required. 

Tuesday and Thursday, June 10 to July 17, 2014
6:30 to 9:30 p.m.
PROED-0039-003, $769
Berg Instructional Center (BIC), Room 3630
Thursday at a local health club

WITS: Older Adult Fitness Instructor

This class is for health and fitness professionals wanting to gain knowledge, training, and competency to assess fitness levels, design fitness programs and provide motivating exercise instruction for older adults. Required text. This course is also a great review and preparation for those interested in taking the Older Adult Fitness Specialist Certification course. No class on July 5.

Saturday, June 21 to July 19, 2014
9 a.m. to 4 p.m.
PROED-0039-005, $579
Berg Instructional Center (BIC), Room 2622

 

NEW! WITS Continuing Education Online!

The online programs are instructor mentored and self paced. Registration will grant you access for 12 months. The WITS faculty will hold set office hours each week in the online certification courses.

Fitness Management—18 WITS CECs / 1.8 IACET CEUs

This certification course prepares students to practice at the management level in the field of fitness. The course topics include history, membership sales and retention, business skills, managing staff, operational practices, facilities and equipment, budgeting and finance, and other important topics relevant to successful management of a large or small facility. Students who successfully complete the online classroom education and exam will receive their nationally recognized WITS Fitness Management Certification. Online, 12-month access. Textbook is required.

Registration: May 27 to Aug. 3, 2014
PROED-0039-111, $679
Online

Lifestyle Fitness Coaching—11 WITS CECs / 1.1 IACET CEUs

The most successful fitness professionals know that their clients' success depends on making significant lifestyle and behavior change. It's not enough to create an exercise program, but you must also develop a relationship based on trust, understanding and respect in which you are able to communicate, motivate and support your client toward reaching their goals. This class will help you develop the skills to do just that—to be more effective as a personal trainer, and most importantly, to help your clients achieve their fitness and lifestyle goals. This interactive course includes nine hours of instruction and two hours of testing. You will learn the skills of successful coaching, and practice and build confidence in your coaching relationships. Online, 12-month access. Textbook is required.

Registration: May 27 to Aug. 3, 2014
PROED-0039-112, $539
Online

Running Well—6 WITS CECs / .6 IACET CEUs

This new revised course combines video, discussion topics, assignments, and text to teach you the most effective running techniques online. You will learn to use the physiology of running to assess and achieve optimal running form. Topics include proper running technique, warm- up and cool down, stretching, foot type analysis and footwear, running surfaces, training program design, core stability, nutritional needs and injury prevention. Online 12-Month Access. Textbook required.

Registration: May 27 to Aug. 3, 2014
PROED-0039-113, $249
Online

Pregnancy Fitness—6 WITS CECs. / .6 IACET CEUs

This course combines video, interactive discussions, assignments and text to give you the knowledge and skills you need to train pregnant women safely and effectively. The human body goes through many physiological and emotional changes throughout the 40 weeks of gestation. Trainers need to be aware of these changes and the effect they have in each phase of pregnancy in order to meet the needs of the client during this special time. The lectures will provide you with a foundation of knowledge about pregnancy and the importance of safe and effective exercise. During the practical demonstrations you will see how to apply this knowledge and experience for safely and effectively training pregnant clients. Online, 12-month access. Textbook is required.

Registration: May 27 to Aug. 3, 2014
PROED-0039-114, $249
Online

Exercise Program Designed for Special Populations—6 WITS CECs / .6 IACET CEUs

Personal fitness trainers and people interested in improving health and fitness will learn how to design safe and effective exercise programs by exploring challenges associated with chronic health issues. While it is beyond the scope of practice to diagnose disease, it is important for personal trainers to be familiar with the major health challenges. There are many clients at our fitness facilities who received clearance by their physicians to exercise, but may be taking prescription drugs for various medical conditions. If you limit yourself to only the young and healthy population, you will be limiting yourself from many great opportunities to help people and also make higher income. Online, 12-month access. Textbook is required.

Registration: May 27 to Aug. 3, 2014
PROED-0039-115, $249
Online

Nutritional Concepts—6 WITS CECs / .6 IACET CEUs

As a fitness professional, you should have a foundational knowledge of nutrition and nutritional concepts. This course introduces you to current nutrition information and practical consumer-oriented knowledge. You will become familiar with the principles of diet planning, government standards, as well as food labeling and the biological functions and food sources of each nutrient. Online, 12-month access. Textbook is required.

Registration: May 27 to Aug. 3, 2014
PROED-0039-116, $249
Online

Business Success for the Fitness Professional- 6 W.I.T.S. CEC's / .6 IACET CEU's

Here's your chance to learn how to go from being a great personal trainer to a successful business person! This online interactive video enhanced workshop will provide you with the knowledge and tools need to increase your customer base and earn more. Specific topics include  developing your business strategy, establishing your line of products and services, setting prices, promoting and selling your business, and developing and maintaining relationships that are key to your success.

Registration: May 27 to Aug. 3, 2014
PROED-0039-117, $249
Online

Insider Secrets of Advertising and Marketing for Fitness Professionals—6 WITS CECs / .6 IACET CEUs

Maximize your advertising dollars and ensure your business success by learning the essentials of "scientific advertising" with author Tony Avilez. In this course, you will learn the foundational concepts of advertising and how to apply them to your fitness business. Topics include advertising basics, salesmanship, mail order and print advertising, creating headlines, developing an effective marketing strategy and making yourself and your business stand out above the rest. Exercises will help you apply the lessons learned to your own business and assist you in attracting clients and generating income. Online, 12-month access. Textbook is required (Scientific Advertising, Authors: C.Hopkins and T.Avilez)

Registration: May 27 to Aug. 3, 2014
PROED-0039-118, $249
Online

Personal Trainer Foundations—9 WITS CECs / .9 IACET CEUs

Add a little razzle dazzle to your studying! This self-paced, online program is an essential resource for students who want to prepare for their certification exam, as well as current fitness professionals who want to review and refresh their knowledge base. This program includes eight interactive modules that cover all of the core content included in the WITS Personal Trainer Certification courses, and much more. You will also have access to all of the video clips, Textbook chapter reviews and external resources to help you better understand the content and lessons. You will have 24-hour access to this online course for one year and will be able to study and review the materials at your own pace, in your own home and a time that is convenient for you. Online, 12-month access. Textbook is required (Fitness Professionals Handbook, 6th Edition, Authors: E.Howley and D.Thompson).

Registration: May 27 to Aug. 3, 2014
PROED-0039-119, $249
Online

Group Exercise Instructor Foundations—9 WITS CECs / .9 IACET CEUs

This informative course will provide you with a core knowledge foundation for group exercise. You will learn about the history and evolution of group exercise and the reasons behind the explosive growth of specialty classes. We will also cover the principles behind designing and leading a safe, effective and motivating group-exercise environment. This course is also a great review and preparation for those interested in taking the Group Exercise Instructor Certification. Online, 12-month access. Textbook is required (Group Exercise Cardiovascular Fitness: Supplement Reading from Concepts of Physical Fitness: Active Lifestyles for Wellness, 16th Edition, Authors: Welk, Corbin)

Registration: May 27 to Aug. 3, 2014
PROED-0039-120, $249
Online

Group Exercise Instructor Practical Review—9 WITS CECs /
.9 IACET CEUs

This course provides a broad overview of concepts related to the design of group exercise programs and classes. Topics include assessment in a group setting, creating group cohesion, cueing and the general format of a group exercise class. This course is also a great review and preparation for those interested in taking the Group Exercise Instructor Certification course. Online, 12-month access. Textbook is required. (Methods of Group Exercise, Authors: Kennedy-Armbruster and Yoke)

Registration: May 27 to Aug. 3, 2014
PROED-0039-121, $249
Online

Older Adult Fitness Instructor Foundations Lecture and Practical Review—12 WITS CECs / 1.2 IACET CEUs

This class is for health and fitness professionals wanting to gain knowledge, training and competency to assess fitness levels, design fitness programs and provide motivating exercise instruction for older adults. This course is also a great review and preparation for those interested in taking the Older Adult Fitness Specialist Certification course. Online 12-Month Access. Textbook required (SrFit, 2nd Edition, Authors: T.Petersen)

Registration: May 27 to Aug. 3, 2014
PROED-0039-122, $249
Online

Youth Fitness Instructor Practical Review—9 WITS CEC s / .9 IACET CEUs

This course provides a broad overview of concepts related to the design of fitness programs for youth. Topics include assessing youth fitness levels, parental permission, equipment, and advanced exercises, as well as strategies for training youth and understanding the physical and psychological differences between children and adults. This course is also a great review and preparation for those interested in taking the Youth Fitness Specialist Certification course. Online, 12-month access. Textbook required (Youth Strength Training, Authors: Faigenbaum and Westcott)

Registration: May 27 to Aug. 3, 2014
PROED-0039-123, $249
Online

Youth Fitness Instructor Foundations—9 W.I.T.S. CECs / .9 IACET CEUs

This informative course will provide you with a core knowledge foundation in youth fitness topics. Since 1980, obesity prevalence among children and adolescents has almost tripled, according to the CDC. This course will help fitness professionals understand the physical and psychological differences between children and adults and provide them with the tools necessary to design effective and appropriate programs for a growing audience. This course is also a great review and preparation for those interested in taking the Youth Fitness Specialist Certification course. Online, 12-month access. Textbook is required (Youth Strength Training, Authors: Faigenbaum and Westcott)

Registration: May 27 to Aug. 3, 2014
PROED-0039-124, $249
Online

Personal Trainer Practical Review—9 WITS CECs / .9 IACET CEUs

These online practical labs are a great resource for students who are preparing to take the WITS practical exam. This is a great study tool for anyone trying to learn the essentials of being a personal trainer. If you need follow up on training issues, then this is for you. Do not attempt any of these drills unless you have been approved for physical activity by a physician. You will be able to view all videos online as well as additional resources included to support you in your studying. You will have 24-hour access to this online course for one year and will be able to study and review the materials at your own pace, in your own home and at a time that is convenient for you. Online, 12-month access. Textbook is required, (Fitness Professionals Handbook ,6th Edition, Authors: E.Howley and D. Thompson)

 

Contact us!

For additional information about this program, call Continuing Education at (630) 942-2208, email CE@cod.edu or register online

For the full listing of fitness courses, see the current Continuing Education catalog.  

 

Contact Information


Continuing Education
Student Resource Center (SRC), Room 1110, (630) 942-2208
Fax: (630) 942-3785