Personal Trainer Course Cover Page

  • Course Details


    If you’re serious about becoming a Certified Personal Trainer, register for the Certified Personal Trainer Course at Governors State University School of Extended Learning.The US Labor Board has this career growing 16% through 2021.

    The Certified Personal Trainer Course will prepare you to gain the practical knowledge and skills to become a successful Certified Personal Trainer.  Live your passion while helping people change their lifestyles.

    Dates and Times:

    Hands-on Training Sessions  

    Saturdays- September 15, 22, 29, October 6, 13 (No class October 20)

    10 a.m. – 1 p.m.

     Location:  Governors State University

    Building A: Athletic and Fitness Center

    1 University Parkway

    University Parkway, Illinois 60484

    Online Lectures can be accessed via computer from September 15 through October 27 

    Level 1 Exam - October 27, 2018 (Time TBD)

    Hybrid Course consists of:

    • Online Lectures: 15 hours of online lectures on key topics like biomechanics, exercise physiology, fitness testing, equipment usage, health assessment 
    • Hands-on: 15 hours of hands-on practical training labs with role playing drills on assessing clients, programming, performing proper exercises, presentation skills and more

    You will earn the following credential(s):

    • Level 1: Certified Personal Trainer: After passing the exams with proof of CPR/AED, you can work as a certified personal trainer.
    • Level 2 (BONUS): After passing the Level 1 exams and 30 hour employer internship, you can get the advanced Level 2 Certified Personal Trainer credential at no additional cost!

    This course is presented by World Instructor Training Schools (W.I.T.S.) an NCCA accredited certification and is an approved CEU provider for the National Certification Board for Therapeutic Massage and Bodywork (NCBTMB).

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  • Course Fee


    Discounted Course Fee: $649

    (Course Fee after September 3rd: $749) 

    The course fee includes the following:

    • Complete 200 page student workbook
    • Access to online student study tools
    • Test vouchers to take the Certified Personal Trainer exams




    • Required Textbook


      Howley, Edward T. and Thompson, Dixie L. 2017.  Fitness Professional’s Handbook with web resources (ISBN-13: 9781492523376). 7th Edition. Champaign, IL, Human Kinetics.  

      Save with the e-book version.  Hard Cover is $89.95 with shipping.




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    • For more information, please contact:


      Dr. Felicia L. Townsend

      Director of Corporate and Community Education