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.

CPR / AED courses are available from our Campus Recreation department.

Upon completion you will become a WITS Certified Personal Trainer.


Frequently Asked Questions

Facilitator:   Rebecca Litchy-Pierskalla

Program Flyer (PDF)

Course Information:

When: Saturdays, March 15 - April 26, 2014 (no class April 19)   

(Next offering Fall 2014)

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.

                                     Halenbeck Hall

                                     Student Rec Center, Room 51

Cost: $725 (plus $93.97 for cost of textbook, call 888.330.9487 to order).

Registration has been extended to: 3 p.m. on March 12, 2014

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)

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


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

WITS logo

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