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Office of Continuing Education & Off-Campus Programs
Florida Gulf Coast University
10501 FGCU Blvd South
Modular 2
Fort Myers, FL 33965

Continuing Education:
(239) 745-4700
Renaissance Academy:
(239) 745-4600
(239) 590-7034

Personal Fitness Trainer Certification


Personal Fitness Trainer Certification InformationPersonal Fitness Trainer Certification Course

FGCU and W.I.T.S. (World Instructor Training Schools)

Come join this fun profession and be a part of what Fortune Magazine & states as the 4th hottest job in the U.S. at a national average of $34/hr. 


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 Fitness Trainer.

Start an exciting fitness career and become a Certified Personal Trainer. Our personal trainer course is a great way to become a successful Certified Personal Trainer with an option to complete an employer internship that can walk you into jobs! This challenging course is for candidates wanting LIVE or ONLINE instruction with in-depth, hands-on practical labs to master the essential career skills and knowledge.


Convient online mentored self-paced lessons with in-depth instruction and video labs to understand how it all comes together. The course consists of:

  • VIDEO lecture, video labs, discussion board, and quizzes on key topics like biomechanics, exercise physiology, fitness testing, equipment usage, health assessment -- (Register and start right away any time);
  • 15 hours of LIVE FITNESS CENTER hands-on practical training labs with role playing drills on assessing clients, programming, performing proper exercises, presentation skills and more -- (Choose from scheduled lab offerings below);
  • complete 200 page student workbook;
  • PowerPoint presentations and student study guide with sample quiz questions;
  • test vouchers to take the Certified Personal Trainer exams.
  • Certified Personal Fitness Trainer Course Syllabus
Lecture:   ONLINE - 24 hours-a-day; register and start right away
SUMMER 2019 Labs:   June 22 - August 3, 2019
Lab Times:   1:00pm-4:00pm
Lab Location:   Around the Clock Fitness, Boyscout (Fitness Center)
Cost:   $779 includes: lectures, practical labs at fitness center, exam, and internship, (textbook extra)
**BONUS: New Student Registration Incentive  

When you register for the Certified Personal Fitness course in the 2019 year, you will receive two bonus courses:

Bonus Course #1

Developing Your Marketing and Promotion Strategy – 2  Continuing  Education Credits

Bonus Course #2

Nutritional Concepts – 6 Continuing Education Credits

For questions regarding the Personal Fitness Trainer course, call 888-330-9487 or email

You can work right after passing the exams with proof of CPR/AED which awards you Level 1 Certified Personal Trainer credential.

  • SPECIAL BONUS: take advantage of our 30-hour employer internship to get our advanced Level 2 Certified Personal Trainer at no additional cost!

Textbook (7th edition book required.) cost including tax/shipping/handling = $106.97. Students may order through W.I.T.S. at (888) 330-9487 or order online here.


Upon completion of all course requirements, and documentation of the necessary CPR/AED first aid training, you will become a WITS Certified Personal Trainer.

*Minimum age requirement is 18 years of age.
W.I.T.S. is an approved CEU provider for the Board of Certification for Athletic Trainers (BOC), the American Occupational Therapy Association (AOTA), National Certification Board for Therapeutic Massage & Bodywork (NCBTMB), the International Association of Continuing Education and Training (IACET).

Not sure if a Personal Trainer career is for you?

Want to learn more about the Personal Trainer Certification Course? Come join our live webinar and talk with a veteran instructor all about the course and industry. Webinars are offered monthly so please register for any of the below. Can’t make the date and time? Register anyway and we will send you a recording once it is complete. 


If you can't make a webinar, don't fret. Watch our video testimonials below. 

For questions regarding the Personal Fitness Trainer course, call 888-330-9487 or email