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.
Saturday, March 1 to May 3, 2014
9 a.m. to 2 p.m.
Student Resource Center (SRC), Room 1124
At a local health club, noon to 2 p.m.
Tuesday and Thursday, March 11 to May 8, 2014
6:30 to 8:30 p.m.
Berg Instructional Center (BIC), Room 3630
Thursday at a local health club
NEW! WITS: Group Fitness Instructor
This new group exercise course combines nine weeks of intense training and testing to help you safely and effectively lead a group exercise class. Topics covered include music, choreography, safety, as well as cardiovascular, muscular, and flexibility health. Practical labs will expand skill development for functional training, circuit, boot camp, dance, step, kickboxing as well as other popular methods. Yoga and Pilates will be introduced so you can incorporate this knowledge into sections of your traditional class formats. Students who successfully complete the class, pass the exams and complete the 30-hour internship will receive their national certification. Training, testing and internship are included in the course fee. A valid CPR/AED card must be presented to receive certification.
Saturday, Feb. 15 to April 12, 2014
9 a.m. to 2 p.m.
Student Resource Center (SRC), Room 1123
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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