Center for Continuing Studies - Innovative Leadership for Lifelong Learning

Center for Continuing Studies - Innovative Leadership for Lifelong Learning - St. Cloud State University

Personal Trainer  Certification FAQs

Top 10 Frequently Asked Questions:

Who will I be certified through?

After successfully passing the 9 week course and internship, you will be nationally certified through SCSU's partner, the World Instructor Training School (W.I.T.S.) a leader in the field.

Is there a test given or is this a prep class?

There is a 2-part exam given in the final week of the course.  The testing fee is included in the tuition.  You will qualify as a Nationally Certified Personal Trainer after successfully passing the written and practical tests and completing the internship.

Is W.I.T.S. an accredited organization?

W.I.T.S. is approved and recognized by many higher learning institutions out of Washington D.C.  Some of the organizations include:

  • The American Council of Education (ACE)
  • the International Association of Continuing Education and Training (IACET)
  • the Board of Certification (BOC) for Athletic Trainers
  • the American Occupational Therapy Association (AOTA)
  • the National Certification Board for Therapeutic Massage and Bodywork (NCBTMB)
  • the Veterans Education and Training Administration (VA)

Is a text book required?

Yes, we require a fantastic resource called the Fitness Professionals Handbook 5th Ed.  You should order it in advance through our partner, W.I.T.S., for $93.97 from the toll free number 888.330.9487 and get started on the reading the required chapters.

When is the CPR / AED card and internship due?

Students are required to have their CPR/AED certification prior to receiving final W.I.T.S. certification.  After completing the course and passing the exam you have 12 months to provide proof of your CPR/AED certification and your completed internship paperwork in order to receive W.I.T.S. Certification. 

Is the internship provided?

W.I.T.S. will send our students a courtesy list of approved facilities to assist with finding an internship location.  However, if you prefer an alternate location, approval may be obtained with a simple process.  Ultimately, it is the student's responsibility to contact and complete the internship.

How long is my certification good for?

Your certification is valid for 2 years with a renewal process that is described on the W.I.T.S. website. 

Is there job placement?

A majority of students get hired directly from their internship sites.  Neither SCSU nor W.I.T.S. directly assists students in securing a job, but the demand is high and W.I.T.S. regularly receives requests from clubs for a list of graduates.  This networking with local businesses is a unique service provided only by W.I.T.S.

Can I miss a day of class?

You are allowed to miss 1 class.  If you miss more than one class, you must make up those classes and test with a later group.

What happens if I don't pass?

W.I.T.S. offers 5-national retest dates to help you successfully pass the exams and achieve your goals.  They also give students the opportunity to re-take the course free of charge from W.I.T.S (SCSU may charge a fee).


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