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Certified Personal Trainer Program

Turn your passion into a career with the fitness industry’s most comprehensive and engaging course. The W.I.T.S. online personal trainer course is a SELF-PACED program with short, impactful online videos to be a successful personal trainer in the fitness industry. * As a bonus you can join the Virtual GOTO Lectures with one of our veteran 5 STAR presenters. Our lessons will help you with key core topics to learn how the body functions under the stresses of exercise. Topics include anatomy, biomechanics, exercise physiology, fitness testing, health assessment, nutrition, exercise prescription, equipment usage, special populations, legal and safety issues. The practical skill online labs are packed with insightful VIDEO drills that you can duplicate to master the skill set. We also will have 1- Day In-Person practical skill review the week prior to the national exams for anyone who wants to attend. This course is loaded with practice quizzes, discussion boards and much more so you can master the job essentials. We have included incredible veteran fitness mentors to help your successful outcome in every lesson. Our supplemental internship programs walk you into some great job opportunities. Your BONUS test vouchers ($450 value) for the NCCA Accreditation national exams are included and a must for employers. 

Required Textbook (Sold Separately)

Who Should Enroll

Fitness enthusiasts, coaches, college students in the field, massage therapists 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

Fall 2022

Personal Trainer Certification Gold Course - All online & teacher mentored with optional lab day on the 6th week
Saturday, Sept. 24 to Nov. 5 
BSCPT-0100-001, $899
Online (self-paced)

Level 1 Certification is awarded after passing both written and practical exams and obtaining a current adult CPR/AED.

Level 2 Certification is awarded after successfully completing your Level 1 exams and finishing the 30 hour internship. Students will be given a list of participating sites to complete internship. Alternate locations may be approved through WITS. There is no additional cost for this valuable internship experience.

Required textbook not included:  Fitness Professional's Handbook 7th Edition Author: Howley, must be purchased by the student. An e-book format available.  

Upcoming Virtual Information Session

Saturday, Sept. 17, 2022
11 a.m. CST
Register today!

Lifestyle Wellness Coaching

This unique Lifestyle Wellness Coaching Certification course will show your client that providing specific insights into their individual wellness is just as vital to their long-term success as creating an exercise program. Our Lifestyle Wellness Coaching course will enable you, as a trainer, to communicate, motivate, and support your clients in new innovative ways towards reaching their goals. This self-paced online-mentored class helps you develop the personal skills you need to lead your clients, while opening new revenue streams outside of just exercise training sessions! Your clients will achieve long-term fitness and lifestyle wellness goals for likely the first time ever. Provide your clients with personal awareness techniques that will create new possibilities and help them overcome previous limitations. Lifestyle Wellness Coaching Certification includes 12 hours of video instruction, drills and testing. The W.I.T.S. video lessons will teach you the skills of successful coaching and allow you to practice and build confidence in your coaching relationships as a lifestyle wellness coach. Required textbook not included.

Fall 2022

Oct. 8 to Nov. 19
BSCPT-0200-001, $499
Online (Self-paced)

Group Fitness Instructor Certification

This online self-paced mentored certification course helps you to develop skills for leading any group in an exciting safe routine. Lectures cover the essentials of group exercise history, music, choreography, safety techniques, as well as basic applied science specifically relating to group strength, cardiovascular, muscular and flexibility. Practical labs expand into skill development for functional training, sports conditioning, circuit, boot camp, dance, step, kickboxing and equipment-based class techniques. A mind body class overview in Yoga and Pilate's caps it off so you can incorporate this knowledge into sections of your classes. The national exams for the certification credential is included with this program. (32 Hours over 6 weeks) Required textbook not included.

Fall 2022

Oct. 8 to Nov. 19
BSCPT-0300-001, $875
Online (Self-paced)

Medical Fitness Specialist

This 30-hour certification (30 CECs) is an advanced certification for fitness professionals and other types of health occupations like therapists. If you are ready to take the next step in your career and offer new services to a wide variety of clients, then this program will prepare you to succeed. You will learn in this challenging exercise course the core essentials of helping clients with specialized chronic illness. You will be able to practically apply the knowledge in programming safe and effective workouts. Nothing is more rewarding than working with the medical community to do great things for people with special medical issues. This MFS Level 1 Certification includes a written core exam and a practical case scenario exam to demonstrate operational safe and effective competency. Required textbook not included.

Course topics include:

  • 15 hours of core knowledge lectures
  • 15 hours of practical knowledge in program development

Fall 2022

Oct. 8 to Nov. 19
BSCPT-0400-001, $875
Online (Self-paced)

Career Information

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

"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

Contact Information

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