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Personal Trainer Certification

Western Nevada College is proud to offer personal trainer certification courses in partnership with the World Instructor Training Schools.

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In-Person Certified Personal Trainer Course

The fitness industry has been growing for decades. The average national pay is $29 an hour to live your fitness passion! Learn all the information to be a Certified Personal Trainer with the fitness industry’s only live hands-on practical labs and live in-person lectures. Just 30 hours of your time will prepare you to be a successful Certified Personal Trainer and pass your national exams. Our personal trainer school is nationally approved and accredited.

Passing the NCCA Accredited written and practical skills exams tells employers you are their top candidate to hire. After passing, you are ready to work immediately with your new certification (Level 1 Certified Personal Trainer).

As a bonus, you can receive the advanced certification at no additional cost. The level 2 Certified Personal Trainer is attained by completing our employer-assisted internship. The fitness internship walks many of our graduates into great careers. This challenging course is for candidates wanting live instruction with in-depth, hands-on practical one-on-one drills to master essential career skills. Personal trainers deal with all types of people, and executing the protocols is more than reading a book and testing for a piece of paper. Check out all of the tools for your success below.

This program includes all of the following:

  • Qualified, degreed fitness school instructors
  • 15 hours of lecture
  • 15 hours of practical, hands on training
  • Free, web-based student study page
  • Test voucher for the WITS Certification exam
  • Lifetime employment assistance
  • Work right after passing the exams with a Level 1 Personal Trainer Certification
  • Optional Bonus – Get a Level 2 Personal Trainer Certification by completing an employer-mentored 30-hour internship.

Class Fee: $450


Online Certified Personal Trainer Course

You get everything listed above, except you will receive your 15 hours of lecture in an online format that you can complete on your own time.

This program includes all of the following:

  • Qualified, degreed fitness school instructors
  • 15 hours of online course material
  • 15 hours of practical, hands on training
  • Free, web-based student study page
  • Test voucher for the WITS Certification exam
  • Lifetime employment assistance
  • Work right after passing the exams with a Level 1 Personal Trainer Certification
  • Optional Bonus – Get a Level 2 Personal Trainer Certification by completing an employer-mentored 30-hour internship.

Class Fee: $500


Certified Personal Trainer Course FAQs


After successfully passing the exams, you will be certified through the World Instructor Training School (W.I.T.S.), a leader in the field.


W.I.T.S. is approved and accredited by many higher learning institutions out of Washington, DC. These organizations include the National Commission for Certifying Agencies (NCCA) and the National Certification Board for Therapeutic Massage and Bodywork (NCBTMB). This certification is also recommended for 3 undergraduate credits by the American Council on Education (ACE).


Our national test dates conveniently run throughout the country in synchronized scheduling with our Certified Personal Trainer courses. A test voucher is included with the course so register you can take the exam right away in your area. Students must complete the Test Voucher on our website no later than 35 days prior to the exam date. You will become a Certified Personal Trainer Level 1 and be able to work right away after successfully passing the written and practical test. Certified Personal Trainer Level 2 is available as a bonus for no extra cost with the completion of the 30-hour employer internship. In many cases, the internship list we provide walks you into new jobs!


Yes, we require a fantastic resource called the Fitness Professionals Handbook 7th Ed. The hardback book costs $89.95 and the eBook is available for $53.00.


The valid CPR/AED card is required 7 days PRIOR to the national certification exams. The CPR/AED must be obtained through live presentation at colleges, fire departments, Red Cross, or the American Heart Association. Online courses will not be accepted.
WNC offers a one-day American Red Cross Adult and Pediatric First Aid and CPR/AED course for $110.


Yes. Once our students complete the CPT Level 1, we send them a courtesy list of pre-approved employer facilities. Ultimately, it is the student’s responsibility to contact and complete the internship. As a bonus, you will receive the Level 2 Certified Personal Trainer at no additional cost once you provide W.I.T.S. with documentation that you have completed your internship. Many employers will pay a bonus for this extra credential.


Your certification is valid for 2-years and is very easy to do. Every reputable certification in the health education industry requires continuing education. We make it easy with free webinars and low cost effective online workshops.


A majority of our students are hired directly from our internship sites. W.I.T.S. provides a list of available sites that work with us annually. This networking with local employers is a unique service provided by W.I.T.S.


W.I.T.S allows students 2 retests within 12 months of the original course start date. We offer 5-national retest dates to help you successfully pass the exams and achieve your goals. Student who retake the exam are offered a $75 discount off the exam cost (normally $350).

For more information contact

Lauren Slemenda

TitleCommunity Education Coordinator
DepartmentLibrary and Instructional Technology
Phone775-445-4241
OfficeCarson City Joe Dini Library and Student Center Room 217