Personal Fitness Trainer Certificate of Completion

Personal Fitness Trainer

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Personal Fitness Trainer CertificateFREE 1-Hour Information Session!

Day/Time: Saturday, August 26, 2017 | 11am - 12 noon
Location: CSUDH Extended Education EE-1205
1000 E. Victoria Street, Carson, CA 90747
Course#: NHEX 100-01 | Reg#: 43293
Parking: FREE (Park in Lot 3)

Learn about the Personal Fitness Training Certificate program from the experts. You'll also get an overview of the personal fitness training industry and trends in the industry.
Call 310-243-3741 to make your reservation for this free orientation meeting.

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Personal Trainer

The Program

Whether you are looking to change careers or just want to enhance your knowledge, this course provides you with the career skills & knowledge to be a successful personal fitness trainer.

What You Will Learn

The course is taught over an eight-week period consisting of 16 hours of lectures including the following topics: anatomy, exercise physiology, nutrition, musculoskeletal injuries, and health screening. The program also includes 16 hours of “hands-on” practical training that prepares you to work individually with clients. The practical and written exams are conducted on the ninth week.

Program Summary:

  • 16 Hours of lecture - key topics that include biomechanics, exercise physiology, fitness testing, equipment usage, and health assessment.
  • 16 Hours of hands-on practical training labs with role playing drills on exercises, presentation skills, etc to professionally master the position.
  • Additional 2nd Certification Option – Complete the 30 hour internship and receive the advanced Level 2 certification. 

Employment Outlook

Top personal fitness trainers make $60,000 or more a year while the median salary is nearly $30,000 according to the Bureau of Labor Statistics. Employment in California for fitness trainers is due to increase over 50% from 2002 to 2012.

Who Should Attend

Fitness enthusiasts or anyone seeking a new career in the health and fitness industry.

Eligibility Requirements

There are no prerequisite courses required for the program. Participants must be at least 18 years old and have a high school diploma or equivalent. Proof of CPR/AED is required before the Level 1 Certification can be issued.

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A 30-hour internship will help prepare you to work in the fitness field.

W.I.T.S. is an approved CEU provider for the following organizations; the American Occupational Therapy Association (AOTA), National Certification Board for Therapeutic Massage & Bodywork (NCBTMB), the International Association of Continuing Education and Training (IACET) and the certification test for the GI Bill. The American Council on Education (ACE) has also recommended 3 undergraduate academic credits for this course. For more information on receiving ACE credit, see the W.I.T.S. website.

Certification Requirements

Level 1 -Nationally Certified Personal Trainer: For candidates who are prepared to sit for the written and practical exam only.  Proof of CPR/AED is required.
Level 2 -Nationally Certified Personal Trainer: Successfully complete your Level 1 exams and finish the 30 hour internship.

Certification FAQ

  Note: Once you have completed all the courses in the certificate, you may apply to receive the certificate


The cost of the program is $699.


Students are also required to purchase a textbook, Fitness Professional's Handbook, 7th edition, ISBN-13: 9781492523376.


Classes meet on campus at CSUDH for the classroom lecture, and in a local gym for the practical lab. Personal Fitness Trainer Certificate classes are convenient for people living and working in or near Los Angeles, Torrance, Long Beach, Carson, Compton, El Segundo, Lomita, Harbor City, Palos Verdes, Manhattan Beach, Hermosa Beach, Redondo Beach, San Pedro, Lawndale, Hawthorne, Gardena, Westchester, Ladera Heights, Lakewood, Paramount, Bellflower, Downey, Inglewood, Wilmington, and other parts of the South Bay and Southern California.

Information & Registration

There are no prerequisites for enrollment and no admission process. When you're ready to register, call 310-243-3741.

Have questions about the program? Call 310-243-2075 (M-F) or email


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