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Do you love working out? How about staying in shape? Do you like it when people say, “Wow, you look great!” So why not turn your love of fitness into a great new career? In just eight short weeks, the University of Georgia through its continuing education program can help you become a certified personal fitness trainer. Set your own schedule, earn $25-$75 an hour and do something you really love. All while helping people achieve their fitness goals. And, personal fitness training can be either a primary career or a career that supplements your other career interests.

And guess what? This course is appropriate for Massage Therapist, Occupational Therapist, Athletic Trainers and many other professions, such as people with a background in nutrition or those who practice “good health” as a lifestyle.

UGA Griffin Campus Continuing Education is partnering with World Instructor Training Schools (W.I.T.S.) to offer this highly rated course. W.I.T.S. leads the fitness industry in collegiate-based training for national personal trainer certification. For over 20 years, W.I.T.S.—our partner, has offered this program in over 1,100 colleges and universities. We are now happy to offer this program on the Griffin Campus!

This personal training course is held on Saturdays and is open to the public. Register today online! Or, call us at (770) 229-3477 today to register. The description and other pertinent information are given below.

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Personal Fitness Trainer Certification Course Description

Come join this fun profession and be a part of what Fortune Magazine & ABC NEWS.com states as the 4th hottest job in the U.S. at a national average of $34 an hour. 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 Trainer. This challenging course is taught over an 6-week period for better retention and skill competency. The National Exam is held on the 9th week. The course is formatted as a 62-hour program and is comprised of 16 hours of lecture, 16 hours of hands on practical training and a 30-hour internship that networks many graduates right into a job. The course prepares you for success with key topics that include biomechanics, exercise physiology, fitness testing, equipment usage and health assessment. CPR/AED is needed to receive the certificate. W.I.T.S, UGA Griffin’s partner in this program, is the only major certifying body in the country providing comprehensive practical training and internship components. Textbook is required and not included in course fees. * Call to order and start reading immediately 1-888-330-9487 (http://www.witseducation.com/).

Learning Outcomes

After successfully completing this course, students will be able to:

  1. Understand and describe basic anatomy, kinesiology and exercise physiology.
  2. Assess an individual level of fitness using ACSM guidelines.
  3. Design and customize exercise programs.
  4. Demonstrate proper execution of resistance, cardiorespiratory and flexibility exercises.
  5. Identify and demonstrate at least one strength exercise for every major muscle group.
  6. Explain ACSM and AHA recommendations for caradiovascular exercise.


Course Prerequisite(s): High School diploma or GED

Course Title: Personal Fitness Trainer Certification

Dates: Saturdays- new dates TBD

Time: 9:00am - 2:00pm

Location: Stuckey Conference Center, Room 202

Class Practical Location: UGA Griffin Fitness Center; Fitness facility access to weight lifting machines, free weights and cardiovascular equipment.


Written and Practical Exam fee included in course (call us regarding possible loan options)

Hours: 62 hours

Completion Requirements: Students must earn a score of 70% or higher on the written exam and in each of the 5 section practical exams. Attendance is required and students are only allowed one excused absence. Students with an excused absence must schedule a make-up session and complete any work assigned. Adult CPR/AED is required for the certification to be issued. Students are also required to complete a 30-hour internship. All items must be completed within 12 months of the original course start date. The renewal period is based on the original course completion dates.

Course Outline and Reading Assignment

Review the course outline and reading assignment (pdf)

Required Textbook Information

Title: Fitness Professional’s Handbook, 6th Edition; 
ISBN #: 13: 978-1-4504-1117-2 
Authors: Howley & Thompson 
Publisher: Human Kinetics 
Retail Price: $84.00 + $9.97 tax/shipping/handling = $93.97 
Ordering Information: Individual sales available through W.I.T.S. at 1-888-330-9487

Course Syllabus

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Continuing Education Units Approval

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 of Therapeutic Massage & Bodywork (NCBTMB), Veterans Training and Education, and the International Association of Continuing Education and Training (IACET). The American Council on Education has recommended 3 undergraduate academic credits for this course. Contact W.I.T.S. for additional information on academic credit. UGA does not approve academic credit for this course at this time.

How to register for Personal Training Certification

Choose one of these easy ways below:

By mail or fax: Download and print the registration form (pdf). Fill out and mail your registration and payment to the Office of Continuing Education, The University of Georgia, Griffin Campus, Stuckey Conference Center, Room 125, 1109 Experiment St., Griffin, GA 30223. To register by fax, fax your completed registration form to (770) 233-6180. Payment is by credit card only when faxing in your registration form.

By telephone: Our phone number is (770) 229-3477. When registering by phone, payment is by credit card only.

In person: Come to the Office of Continuing Education, which is located in the Stuckey Conference Center, Room 125, on the Griffin Campus. Business hours are 8:00am-5:00pm, Monday-Friday.