Center for Continuing Studies - Innovative Leadership for Lifelong Learning

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

Personal Fitness trainer certification

SCSU together with it's partner, World Instructor Training Schools (WITS), is excited to offer Personal Fitness Trainer Certification.  You can become certified as a personal fitness trainer and be part of one of the hottest jobs in the U.S.  The Department of Labor states there is a 29% shortage of Health and Fitness Professionals.

  • Challenging course
  • Taught in six weeks for better retention and skill competency
  • National Exam is held on the last week
  • 16 hours of lecture, 16 hours of practical training, plus a 30-hour internship

Our program is unique because it requires a 30-hour internship!

Why have an internship requirement?  Click the links below to see the benefits.

Testimonials from Fitness Centers

Testimonials from Students

Prerequisite: High School Diploma or GED.

CPR / AED Certification is not required to take the course but must be completed before the SCSU/WITS certificate can be awarded.

Adult CPR/AED can be provided by St. Cloud State University's Campus Recreation department.   Class date set for October 10.

Upon completion you will become a WITS Certified Personal Trainer.



Online Orientation - click here to learn more about this program

Frequently Asked Questions

Facilitator:   Rebecca Litchy-Pierskalla

Program Flyer (PDF)

Course Information:

When: October 17 - November 21, 2015

            *October 10 for CPR/AED Training

Times:  9:00 a.m. - 4:00 p.m.

Classroom Portion: 9:00 a.m. - noon

                                     SCSU Welcome Center

                                     355 Fifth Avenue South

                                     St. Cloud, MN 56301

                                     Note: FREE, convenient parking!

Practical Portion:     1 p.m. - 4 p.m.

SNAP Fitness

305 Fifth Avenue South

St. Cloud, MN  56301



Early Bird registration:  $699 (through October 2, 2015)

Regular registration:  $735 (through October 9, 2015)

Early BIrd with CPR/AED:  $774

Regular registration with CPR/AED:  $810

Textbook - $93.97 call 888.330.9487 to order

*Adult CPR/AED is provided by St. Cloud State University's Campus Recreation department.   


Class only: Rounded Rectangle: REGISTER

Registration - with CPR/AED:Rounded Rectangle: REGISTER

Registration Deadline: October 9, 2015

If you have questions please contact or 320-308-4252.


Note - online registration - credit card payments

* For Windows 8 users, please be aware there are two versions of Internet Explorer on your device - Metro and Desktop. To use our registration site, you must use the Desktop version of Internet Explorer, and not the Metro version. To start the Desktop version, click on or touch the Desktop tile on the Start screen. Then you will see the Internet Explorer icon in the task bar. This is the Desktop version which should be used for registration. If you are in Internet Explorer and the URL address is at the bottom of the screen, you are in the Metro version, should close it and open the desktop version following the instructions above.

If online registration isn't an option for you please call SCSU at 320-308-4723 or 320-308-4962; you'll be asked to fill out the registration form below and pay by check or credit card.

Registration form (PDF) paper registration for check or purchase order payments

If you'd like to spread your payments over 3 months you can consider using our payment plan...

Payment Plan - once you have completed this process please fill out the registration form above.


A textbook is required to be purchased prior to the start of class.  Textbook cost including tax / shipping / handling = $93.97  (e book $42.00). Students may order through WITS at (888) 330-9487 or online at


Online Orientations

We are running a special promotion each semester for those of you that attend the Orientation. If you register this semester you will be eligible for a free W.I.T.S Online Business Course (195.00 Value) to begin once you complete the Personal Trainer Certification Course. 

Never leave your home and  get the most comprehensive information on one of the hottest jobs.  Fortune magazine and ABC news have targeted this industry as one to thrive in. The pay for a national fitness trainers average $34 an hour.  Meet one of our veteran teachers.  She can paint you a clear picture of what to expect in the course and what great rewards await you.  This online orientation is a great way to enjoy the fact finding mission while enjoying the comfort of your home.  You will be able to ask questions and participate in a live chat with our instructor.


If you have questions or would like to be added to the waiting list please contact or 320-308-4252.


To learn more about our partner, World Instructor Training Schools (WITS),. click on the image below:

WITS logo

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