Personal Fitness Trainer

Certificate Program    Approved for WIOA funding.

Come join this fun and energetic profession!  We offer a number of programs to help get your fitness career off and running!


 Personal Fitness Trainer

Whether for a career move or your own personal knowledge, get all the information you need to become a Certified Personal Trainer. This challenging course will prepare you for World Instructor Training Schools' (WITS) certification exam.  WITS is an international fitness certifying body that is known and respected by fitness experts and employers. 

Join a group of like-minded health enthusiasts in this intensive 9-week course designed to teach you what you need to know and  build the skills for success. The National WITS Exam is offered following successful course completion.

Key topics include:

  • biomechanics
  • exercise physiology
  • fitness testing
  • equipment usage
  • health assessment
Lecture/Classroom 16 hours
Hands-on practice in the NVCC Fitness Center 16 hours
Professional Practice Experience 30 hours
Total 62 hours


CPR/AED certification is required to complete your WITS national certification. NVCC offers this during spring and fall semesters. 

Textbook is required and not included in course fees. Call to order and start reading immediately 888-330-9487. witseducation
Fitness Professional's Handbook-6th Edition by Edward Howley, Dixie Thompson Hardback book, 608 pages ISBN-13: 978145041117

Free Orientation Sessions- All potential students should participate in one of our  online sessions to gain a full understanding of the career and educational program.  Choose one of the following dates:


Being prepared for this challenging course is an important factor in your ability to succeed in this course and as a Personal Trainer.  This course requires reading, studying, and written testing as well as physical skills competency validation.

Homework: Plan to spend an hour of homework and studying for every hour in class.   

Textbook: A textbook is required and must be purchased separately before class begins.  Please order and start reading immediately. 888-330-9487 or  WITS Education 

Fitness Professional's Handbook - 7th Edition with web resource by Edward Howley, Dixie Thompson Hardback book, ISBN-13: 9781492523376       ebook ISBN-13: 9781492535935

CPR/AED: NVCC offers Basic Life Support courses to fullfill the CPR/AED requirement for WITS National Personal Trainer Certification. Check our current offerings under Health Care.

Internship: This 30-hour experience is offered and recommended to those students that have successfully completed the classroom and skills competencies and your instructor will assist you in placement in local facilities.


Careers in fitness and well-being are in demand.  According to the Connecticut Department of Labor (CTDOL):

  • Employment opportunities, jobs will increase 26.6% between 2012 and 2022 in this mid-level skills field.
  • Employment in this occupation is expected to grow much faster than average, and the number of annual openings will offer very good job opportunities.
  • The average income is reported as $40,863 annually.

Personal Trainers must combine a unique set of knowledge and skills.  You will be teacher, coach, mentor, and leader in a growing industry.  The CTDOL provides additional career information at: Personal Trainer Career.

Personal Trainers work in a variety of settings from large gyms and small residential facilities to self-employment with a private client list.  Part-time and full time work is available.  Early morning and evening hours are often required as well as weekends and some holidays.


A payment plan is available for those wishing to pay in increments.  Please note there is a $25 fee included in the plan. Choose the plan that matches your course section.  Complete the form and submit with your first payment at the time of registration.


How to Register

Waterbury Campus

Walk In:

NVCC, 750 Chase Parkway, Waterbury, CT
Office of Non-Credit Lifelong Learning Registration,
Kinney Hall, Room K407
Monday - Friday, 9:00 am to 4:30 pm

Get Directions to NVCC

Complete the registration form and send with payment to:

Office of Non-Credit Lifelong Learning Registration,
Room K407
750 Chase Parkway, Waterbury, CT 06708-3011

Fax registration form with credit card information to 203-575-8277.
MC/Visa/Discover only

Call 203-575-8029
Monday - Friday, 9:00 am to 4:30 pm
MC/Visa/Discover only

Danbury Center

Walk In:

183 Main Street, Danbury, CT 06810-7805
Monday through Friday, 8:30 am to 4:30 pm

Get Directions to NVCC


Complete the registration form and send with payment to:

NVCC Danbury Center
183 Main Street
Danbury, CT 06810-7805

Fax registration form with credit card information to 203-798-9682.
MC/Visa/Discover only

Call 203-797-9361
Monday - Friday, 8:30 am to 4:30 pm
MC/Visa/Discover only
Program Coordinator
Laurie L Hornbecker
203-575-8031 (p)
203-575-8243 (f)
Room: Founders
750 Chase Parkway
Waterbury, CT 06708
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