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

Join us and become a nationally certified personal trainer. SCSU together with it's partner, World Instructor Training Schools (WITS) offers one of the hottest health occupations in the best environment possible, your own area university. Take on a career that you can be proud of while earning a great living as a nationally certified personal trainer. The fitness industry has a big shortage in the personal trainer field. What that means is that you have a great opportunity to be on the front lines of our obesity health issues and make a difference in people’s lives. Change your life today, make a good living ($34 an hour, national average) and feel great helping others!

This 62-hour certification program includes the following:


  • 16 hours of lecture (view more on the topics)
  • 16 hours of practical hands on training (view more on the topics)
  • 100 question multiple choice (click here for more details)
  • A (1 on 1) hands on practical skill competency exam with a mock client.
  • A 30-hour internship in the field with experienced trainers as mentors.
  • The course is taught over on a 6 week LIVE format

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 8.

Upon completion you will become a WITS Certified Personal Trainer.



Online Orientation - click here to learn more about this program

Frequently Asked Questions

Facilitators:   Rebecca Litchy-Pierskalla and Crystal Williams

Program Flyer (PDF)

              Spring Course Information

When: Saturdays - October 15 - November 19, 2016

            October 8 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

              Cost:                                                                CPTBadge

Early Bird registration:  $699 (through September 23, 2016)

Regular registration:  $735 (through September 30, 2016)

Early Bird with CPR/AED:  $774

Regular registration with CPR/AED:  $810

Click to order required Textbook

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


Class only: Registration link will be available in June or July

Registration - with CPR/AED:

Registration Deadline: September 30, 2016 at 3:00 p.m.

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

Click here to register for a free live personal trainer orientation webinar!




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

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