Personal Trainer Certification

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Personal Trainer Certificate

This course provides participants with the most current, foundational knowledge, training, and competency testing to certify them to practice as professional certified fitness trainers.

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What You Will Learn

• Understand and describe basic anatomy, kinesiology and exercise physiology

• Assess an individual’s level of fitness using ACSM guidelines

• Design and customize exercise programs


Course Information


Per Person: $699
*Note: The course fee does not include textbooks

McAllen Schedule

Date: Oct 3, 10, 17, 24, & 31, & Nov 14 (11/14: Test Day) 

Days: Saturdays

Time:  9:00 AM - 12:00 PM (Lecture)
           1:00 PM - 4:00 PM (Gym)


UTRGV McAllen Teaching Site:
1800 S. Main Street
Suite 1100
McAllen, TX 78503


Course Details

You will also learn:

• Demonstrate proper execution of resistance, cardio and flexibility exercises

• Demonstrate at least one strength exercise for every major muscle group

• Explain ACSM and AHA recommendations for cardiovascular exercise


UTRGV Continuing Education has partnered with World Instructor Training Schools (W.I.T.S.) to offer a comprehensive Personal Trainer Certification program that offers students the latest knowledge in a range of fitness training topics. Taught over a 6-week period, this course includes 15 hours of lecture in topics including anatomy, biomechanics, nutrition, and legal and safety issues, as well as 15 hours of hands-on practical fitness labs that offer participants exercise prescription, fitness testing and health assessment, using fitness equipment, role-playing drills, presentation skills, and mastering the art and science of personal training.


Lecture Hours: 15 Hours

Gym Hours: 15 Hours

Testing Hours: 3 Hours (2 Hours Written, 1 Hour Practical)


Anyone who is interested in becoming a Certified Personal Trainer, whether it be a career move or for personal knowledge.


High school diploma or GED.


• Fitness Professional's Handbook-7th Edition by Edward Howley ISBN-13: 9781492523376 or eBook

Textbooks can be found here

The national exams are held on the 8th week, and participants now have the option of obtaining a Level 2 national certification with the completion of a 30-hour advanced internship.

Certification Information

Level 1 - Nationally Certified Personal Trainer: For candidates who are prepared to sit for the written and practical exam only.

Level 2 - Nationally Certified Personal Trainer: Successfully pass your Level 1 exams, and complete the 30-hour advanced internship. (Note: Students will be provided with a list of gyms in the area who have relationships with W.I.T.S., but must secure internships themselves.)

*A current CPR/AED card to demonstrate your emergency readiness must be presented before testing.


In-class location:

The McAllen Teaching Site

1800 S. Main Street, Suite 1100
McAllen, TX 78503

Practicum location :

Gold's Gym Mission

2520 E Expressway 83
Mission, TX 78572




Private Loans

Note:  If you are applying for the Continuing Education Private Loan to cover the registration fee for a non-credit continuing education program, then please use the UTRGV Continuing Education School Code: 00359902. The loan amount you note in the application cannot exceed the open enrollment fee noted on our website. The minimum for the loans must be $500.00. Some service charges may apply.

Contact Us

UTRGV Continuing Education

McAllen Teaching Site:
1800 S. Main Street
Suite 1100 McAllen, TX 78503


Phone: (956) 665-2071


Brownsville Campus:
One West University Boulevard, BMAIN 1.210K
Brownsville, Texas 78520


Phone: (956) 882-7711