Personal Trainer National Certification

Program Information

Come join this fun profession and be a part of what Fortune Magazine and ABC state is 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 course is offered through a partnership with World Instructor Training Schools (W.I.T.S.), the only major certifying body in the country providing comprehensive practical training and internship components. W.I.T.S. is an approved CEU provider for:

  • Board of Certification for Athletic Trainers
  • American Occupational Therapy Association
  • Veterans Training and Education
  • National Commission for Certifying Agencies (NCCA)
  • International Association for Continuing Education and Training


Students who successfully complete HES-451 are eligible for level one and level two certification.

To earn a Level 1 Personal Trainer National Certificate (3.2 CEUs), students must:

  • Attend at least eight of nine class sessions
  • Hold active CPR/AED certification prior to taking the exams
  • Pass written and practical exams

The program requirements to register for this program are:

  • be at least 18 years of age
  • obtain a score of 230 or above on the college’s reading comprehension placement test
  • speak, read and understand standard American English
  • purchase the required textbook (1-888-330-9487 or and begin reading before the start of class


To earn a Level 1 Personal Trainer National Certificate (3.0 CEUs) students must:

  • Attend all class sessions
  • Hold active CPR/AED certification prior to taking the exams
  • Pass the written and the practical exam

To earn a Level 2 Personal Trainer National Certificate (3.0 CEUs), students must

  • Successfully complete Level 1, including passing both exams
  • Document proof of completion of a 30-hour internship at a fitness facility
  • To maintain active CPR/AED Certification

Level 2 is included in our HES 451 course; there is no additional tuition. A list of area participating facilities is provided to students who complete Level 1 certification.

Visit the W.I.T.S. website at or call 1-888-330-9487 for more information on program requirements.

Contact Information

Nancie Park
Phone: 301-546-8340

Personal Trainer National Certification & Other Wellness Certifications

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Online Wellness Classes

Fitness Professional Career Development New in Fall 2020 and Online

Online Wellness Classes:

  • Gold Certified Personal Trainer Course - 32 hours (3.2 CEU)
  • Senior Fitness Specialist - 20 hours (2.0 CEU)
  • Lifestyle Wellness Coaching (fitness coaching) 13 hours (1.3 CEU)
  • Group Fitness Instructor Gold - 32 hours (3.2 CEU)
  • Youth Fitness Specialist - 20 hours (2.0 CEU)
  • Building Blocks of Sport and Exercise Nutrition - 2 hours (.2 CEU)
  • Sport and Exercise Nutrition: Special Considerations - 2 hours (.2 0CEU)
  • Exercise Program Design for Special Populations - 6 hours (.6 CEU)
  • Nutrition Concepts - 6 hours (.6 CEU)