Center for Continuing Studies

Personal Fitness Trainer

St. Cloud State and its partner World Instructor Training Schools offer instruction in one of the hottest health occupations.

As a WITS nationally certified personal trainer, you can help fill the shortage in the field while launching a new career and earning a great living.

NEW - Two Nationally Certified Personal Trainer Certifications for one price.

Six-week course

Whether for a career move or for personal knowledge, get all the information needed to become a Certified Personal Trainer.  Our personal trainer course is a great way to prepare to be a successful nationally Certified Personal Trainer.   The collegiate course is for candidates wanting in-depth instruction and hands-on experience with a top veteran to master the career skills & knowledge to be a successful trainer.  The course consists of:

  • 16 hours of lecture with key topics that include biomechanics, exercise physiology, fitness testing, equipment usage and health assessment
  • 16 hours of hands-on practical training labs with role playing drills on exercise, presentation skills and more - prepares you to professionally master the position
  • Access to online tutorials and study tools

Level 1 - Nationally Certified Personal Trainer:  Successfully complete the written and practical exams.  CPR/AED required.

Level 2 - Nationally Certified Personal Trainer:  Successfully complete your Level 1 exams followed by a 30 hour internship that will help you connect to local employers.


  • High school diploma or GED.
  • Textbook purchase before class starts
  • CPR/AED certification must be completed before the SCSU/WITS Level 1 certificate can be awarded.


To obtain the Level 2 certification it is a student's responsibility to arrange and complete an internship. We provide a list of pre-approved facilities to help with finding an internship. Approval for an alternate location is a simple process.

Job placement

Most students get hired directly by internship sites. While we do not secure jobs for our certified trainers, demand is high and clubs often request our list of graduates.

Online orientation

Attend our free, live personal trainer orientation webinar.

Learn more on our FAQ page.

Upcoming classes


Saturdays - Mar. 17 - Apr 28.

    Mar. 31 CPR/AED for those who need it

     National Test Date:  April 28, 2017


  • 9 a.m.-noon, classroom
  • 1-4 p.m., practical


Classroom work is in the St. Cloud State Welcome Center. The practical work is at SNAP Fitness.


Free, convenient at the Welcome Center


The $735 cost includes the testing fee for the original test date. The cost for the course plus CPR/AED training is $810.

Registration deadline extended to Mar. 16.  Note that book must be ordered online prior to class.


Before class starts, purchase "Fitness Professional's Handbook, 7th edition," by Edward Howley and Dixie Thompson. Order the book early so you can start reading the chapters.


Rebecca Litchy-Pierskalla and Crystal Williams

Online registration not an option?

Call 320-308-4962 or 320-308-4723, complete a registration form and then pay by check or credit card.



Tammy Anhalt-Warner, 320-308-4252