Trainings & Certifications


The process to become a personal trainer or group fitness instructor is a rewarding experience but requires patience, time, and commitment.  For Spring 2021, we have enhanced our programs to better align that commitment against our goals of developing the highest caliber of fitness professionals.

Beginning in Spring 2021, we require all interested individuals to submit an application before being admitted to the training(s).  We expect a competitive field with only ten (10) applicants being accepted into each program.  Trainings are open to students and non-students.

Completing our training -- and obtaining the respective certification -- does not guarantee employment with USF's Recreation & Wellness team.  You will be required to interview for our open positions.

If you have any questions, please email one of our Fitness Coordinators:

Spring 2021

  Group Fitness Personal Training
Dates Feb 10  - Apr 9 Feb 4 - Apr 8

Campus Recreation Center

REC 002B

Campus Recreation Center

REC 107

Days Wednesday Thursday
Time 4:00 - 6:00 PM 4:00 - 6:00 PM
Max Class Size 10 10

$300 (student)

$400 (non-student)

$550 (student)

$650 (non-student)

Info Materials Download Presentation Download Presentation
Application Link Online application Online application
Application Deadline January 15 , 2021 January 15, 2021
Acceptance Decision January 19, 2021 January 19, 2021
Email Application To

Asia Wright

Traci Smith

program description

NASM offers NCCA-accredited certifications for personal trainers and group fitness instructors. The courses offered here will 1) prepare participants to take and pass their NASM exams and 2) increase your confidence in leading group classes or training clients. Online modules will supplement in-person instruction and will cover anatomy, physiology, biomechanics, and much more. Upon completion of the course, interested students will have the opportunity to interview and audition for a position with Recreation & Wellness.

additional information

Course registration fee includes: 

  • Exam voucher (plus a free re-test, if necessary)
  • NASM Personal Training E-Book
  • Online Study Modules
  • NASM Study Guide
  • Practice Exams
  • +30 hours of in-class & hands-on learning 

impact of COVID-19

We are closely monitoring the operational impact of COVID-19 and anticipate completing these courses prior to the Thanksgiving holiday. Space will be limited to account for safety and physical distancing as we offer an environment conducive to learning. We are prepared to switch to an alternative course delivery if needed as deemed by the University.

employment with USF

Completion of this course does not guarantee employment with USF Recreation & Wellness. Interested students must apply and participate in the interview process for employment consideration.


Refunds for trainings and certifications are considered on an individual basis.

Please direct refund requests for PT prep to Traci Smith (  
Please direct refund requests for GFIT to Asia Wright (