Certified Personal Trainer Program
Certified Personal Trainer
Become a Certified Personal Trainer in this comprehensive program offered through World Instructor Training Schools (W.I.T.S.) at College of DuPage.
Whether for a career move or for personal knowledge, get the information and training you need to become a certified personal trainer. This comprehensive course is for candidates wanting in-depth instruction and hands-on experience to master the career skills and knowledge to become a successful trainer.
Traditional Classroom Course
Tuesday and Thursday, Feb. 26 to April 25
6:30 to 8:30 p.m.
Tuesday on campus in Glen Ellyn
Thursday at local health club in Wheaton, IL
Hybrid Course (Classroom material online)
Online Feb. 25 until April 25
Nine (9) weeks to complete five (5) modules at your own pace
Hands-on at a local health club in Wheaton, IL: Thursday, Feb. 28 to April 25
6:30 to 8:30 p.m.
Level 1 Certification is awarded after passing both written and practical exams and obtaining a current adult CPR/AED.
Level 2 Certification is awarded after successfully completing your Level 1 exams and finishing the 30 hour internship. Students will be given a list of participating sites to complete internship. Alternate locations may be approved through WITS. There is no additional cost for this valuable internship experience.
A complete, 200-page student workbook is included in the course. The required textbook, Fitness Professional's Handbook 7th Edition Author: Howley, must be purchased by the student. An e-book format available.
Meet Our Instructor
Jimmy Slater has a diverse background in health and fitness, having held positions as a personal trainer, strength and conditioning coach, and corporate wellness specialist. He has worked with a wide variety of clientele including those seeking to improve their overall health and well-being as well as those pursuing a greater level of fitness and athletic performance. Jimmy enjoys utilizing his knowledge and experience to motivate and empower other to improve their health and wellness. Visit Jimmy's LinkedIn profile.
Jobs for fitness instructors and personal athletic trainers are expected to increase faster than average, by 24 percent through the year 2020, according to the Bureau of Labor Statistics. Salaries vary greatly based on many factors and can range from $17,070 to $63,400.
What People are Saying
"Taking the Certified Personal Trainer course at COD made all the difference. Having a classroom environment, an instructor to answer questions, and actual hands-on training in a fitness center left me confident and prepared. I passed the exam and got a job two weeks later!" —Renee Berg, Student
"If you want to know how to become healthier and live longer, or if you are interested in guiding others to healthy living habits, this is the course for you!" —Wes Schoenfeldt, Student
"The WITS Certified Personal Trainer course provided me with information that helped me become an outstanding personal trainer. The course provided me with a wealth of fitness-related knowledge that enabled me to open a personal training business and fitness facility in Naperville—the Midwest Fit Club." —Shane Herman, Student and Owner, Midwest Fit Club
Contact Continuing Education
To register or for detailed program information, call Continuing Education at (630) 942-2208 or email CE@cod.edu. You may also register online. To view our complete program listing, see the Spring 2019 Continuing Education Schedule of Classes.
Student Resource Center (SRC), Room 1110, (630) 942-2208
Fax: (630) 942-3785
Monday through Thursday, 7 a.m. to 7 p.m.
Friday 7 a.m. to 5 p.m.
Closed Saturday and Sunday
College of DuPage
425 Fawell Blvd., Glen Ellyn IL, 60137
(630) 942-2800 (Main)
(630) 942-3000 (Student Services)
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