Personal Trainer Certification

UTRGV PEWD 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 the professional field of being a Certified Personal Trainer.

Taught over a 5-week period, this course includes 15 hours of lecture in topics including anatomy, biomechanics, nutrition, legal and safety issues, as well as 15 hours of industry leading hands-on practical skill fitness labs covering exercise prescription, fitness testing, health assessment, using fitness equipment, role-playing drills, presentation skills, and mastering the art and science of personal training. A bonus online video course is provided at no extra cost to use as a study tool to take the national exams on the 7th week.

*As a registration bonus new students will get the online Health Coach Certification at NO COST.


  • Understand and describe basic anatomy, Kinesiology, and exercise physiology
  • Assess an individual’s level of fitness using ACSM guidelines
  • Design and customize exercise programs
  • 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

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

Note: PEWD program participants should be 18 years or older.

High school diploma or GED.

Janice Ponce MS, CPT

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: 003599. The loan amount you note in the application cannot exceed the open enrollment fee noted on our website. Books will NOT be included in the loan amount. The minimum for the loans must be $500.00. Some service charges may apply.

*The only loan provider PEWD accepts is Sallie Mae*

Please email once you have been approved so we may certify your loan.

Private Loans



Edinburg Course Information

Registration Deadline:

Fall 2024

Saturdays: 9 a.m - 12 p.m

Gym: 1 p.m - 4 p.m

Program Modality:

Lecture: Edinburg CESS Building

Gym: Gold's Gym - Edinburg, TX

Ms. Janice Ponce

$ 899

Students requiring accommodation should contact our office to learn about the process.

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