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Personal Trainer Certification

Earn your W.I.T.S Personal Trainer Certification at CVCC with the new Hybrid Program!

Personal trainer assisting woman on exercise ball holding weightsPersonal Trainer Certification Hybrid Program

Catawba Valley Community College has partnered with World Instructor Training School (W.I.T.S.), to offer the Personal Trainer Certification Program.

Whether you are a new fitness professional, an experienced trainer, or someone with interest in learning more about the field, our program will equip you with the skills you need to become a Certified Personal Trainer.

2 Certification Levels for one price- (Test Vouchers included)

  • Level 1 CPT - Pass both Written Exam and Practical Skills Exam
  • Level 2 CPT - Obtain a Level 1 CPT & Complete the 30 hour Internship

This challenging course is for candidates wanting convenient online instruction reinforced with hands-on practical labs with an Instructor in person at CVCC's weight room.

Dates:  TBA

Hands-on practical skills in weight room on Thursday evenings from 6:30 PM - 8:30 PM

Classroom instruction is online

Textbook is required and not included in course fees.

Call to order and start reading immediately (888) 330-9487

$649.25 which includes $1.25 Accident Insurance.

You can work right after passing the exams with proof of CPR/AED, which awards you Level 1 Certified Personal Trainer credential.  As a special bonus, you can take advantage of our 30 hour employer internship to get our advanced Level 2 Certified Personal Trainer at no additional cost!

No Cost Personal Trainer Online Webinars

Want to learn more about the Personal Trainer Certification Course? Come join our live webinar and talk with a veteran instructor all about the course and industry. Webinars are offered monthly so please register for any of the below. Can't make the date and time? Register anyway and we will send you a recording once it is complete.

Please register for Live Your Passion, Become a Personal Trainer!


Required Textbook Information:

Fitness Professional's Handbook - 7th Edition 30-hour Web Resource ISBN-13: 9781492523376 is available for purchase through W.I.T.S. by calling (888) 330-9487.

To register, please contact Janet Lail at (828) 327-7000, ext. 4116 or .

Learning Outcomes

After successfully completing this course, students will be able to:

  1. Understand and describe basic anatomy, kinesiology, and exercise physiology.
  2. Assess an individual's level of fitness using exercise guidelines.
  3. Design and customize exercise programs.
  4. Demonstrate proper execution of resistance, cardio-respiratory, and flexibility exercises.
  5. Identify and demonstrate at least one strength exercise for every major muscle group.
  6. Explain ACSM and AHA recommendations for cardiovascular exercise.
About World Instructor Training School

W.I.T.S. is an approved CEU provider for the following organizations:  the American Occupational Therapy Association (AOTA), National Certification Board for Therapeutic Massage & Bodywork (NCBTMB), the International Association of Continuing Education and Training (IACET) and the certification test for the GI Bill.  The American Council on Education (ACE) has also recommended 3 undergraduate credits for this course.