Certified Personal Trainer Program

Become a Certified Personal Trainer in this comprehensive program offered through World Instructor Training Schools (WITS) at College of DuPage.

Free Online Information Sessions

Join a live, one-hour webinar to learn more about the WITS Personal Trainer Certification and talk with a veteran instructor about the program and industry. Please click a link below to register for "Live Your Passion, Become a Personal Trainer."

Wednesday, October 4, 2017 at 11 a.m.

Thursday, January 4, 2018 at 1 p.m.

Thursday, February 1, 2018 at 11 a.m.

If you cannot make any of the dates above, please fill out the registration form for any of the dates and you will be sent a recording of that webinar. 

Upcoming Course

Key topics include biomechanics, exercise physiology, fitness testing, equipment usage and health assessment. The emphasis is on teaching both theoretical information and practical skills to apply in real-world settings. A textbook is required.

Sunday, Jan 28 to March 11
Noon to 3 p.m.
BSCPT-0100-HYB, $769
Online and Sundays at local health club

Tuesday and Thursday, Feb. 13 to April. 12
6:30 to 8:30 p.m.
BSCPT-0100-001, $769
Tuesday on campus in Glen Ellyn
Thursday at local health club

Register Today!

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


WITS Personal Trainer Certificate Program Details


Program Summary

This challenging course is for candidates wanting instruction with in-depth, hands-on practical labs to master the career skills & knowledge. The course consists of lecture on key topics like biomechanics, exercise physiology, fitness testing, equipment usage and health assessments to game plan a solid program for your client. The best part is the hands-on practical training labs with role playing drills on assessing clients, programming, performing proper exercises, presentation skills and more.

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.


A complete, 200-page student workbook is included in the course. The required textbook, Fitness Professional's Handbook 7th Edition Author: Howley, must be purchased by the student. An e-book format available.

Tuition and Financial Options

Payment is due at registration.


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 us!

For additional information, contact Barbara DiMonte at (630) 942-2524 or dimonteb@cod.edu


Register today!

To register or for detailed program information, call Continuing Education at (630) 942-2208, email CE@cod.edu or register online. To view our complete program listing, see the current Continuing Education Schedule of Classes.

Contact Information

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

Office Hours
Monday through Thursday, 7 a.m. to 7 p.m.
Friday 7 a.m. to 5 p.m.
Closed Saturday and Sunday

College of DuPage

425 Fawell Blvd., Glen Ellyn IL, 60137

(630) 942-2800 (Main)

(630) 942-3000 (Student Services)

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