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, Jan. 11, 2017 at 3 p.m.

Wednesday, Feb. 1, 2017 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.

Spring 2017

Tuesday and Thursday, Feb. 28 to April 27
6:30 to 8:30 p.m.
PROED-0039-001, $769
Tuesday sessions: On campus in Glen Ellyn
Thursday sessions: At a 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

Lecture and training take place over eight weeks. The WITS national exam is held on week nine.


• 16 hours of lecture on key topics that include biomechanics, exercise physiology, fitness testing, equipment usage and health assessment.
• 16 hours of hands-on practical training to professionally master the position. Training includes role playing, drills on exercise and presentation skills.

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 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.


Summer 2017

Tuesday and Thursday, June 6 to Aug. 8
6:30 to 8:30 p.m. (No class July 4) 
PROED-0039-001, $769
Tuesday sessions: On campus in Glen Ellyn
Thursday sessions: At a local health club

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

To register:  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 Schedule of Classes.




Contact Information

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

College of DuPage

425 Fawell Blvd., Glen Ellyn IL, 60137

(630) 942-2800 (Main)

(630) 942-3000 (Student Services)

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