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.
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, March 3, to April 7, 2015
6:30 to 9:30 p.m.
On campus in Glen Ellyn
Thursday at a local health club
Saturday, Feb. 14, to April 18, 2015
9 a.m. to 2 p.m.
On campus in Glen Ellyn
Afternoon portion held 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. Please call for upcoming dates.
For the full listing of fitness courses, see the current Continuing Education catalog.
Student Resource Center (SRC), Room 1110, (630) 942-2208
Fax: (630) 942-3785
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