Trainings & Certifications


The process to become a personal trainer or group fitness instructor is a rewarding experience but requires patience, time, and commitment.  We have enhanced our recruitment process 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:

Summer 2021

  Group Fitness Personal Training
Dates Jul 6 - Aug 18 Jun 28 - Aug 18
Location Campus Recreation Center

Campus Recreation Center


Day | Time

Mon | 1:00 - 3:00 PM

Wed | 2:30 - 4:00 PM

Tue & Thur | 3:00 - 4:30

Max Class Size 9 9

$300 (student)

$400 (non-student)

$550 (student)

$650 (non-student)

Info Materials Download Presentation Download Presentation
Application Link Online application Applications Closed
Application Deadline  July 2, 2021 Applications Closed
Acceptance Decision  July 2, 2021 June 11, 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 

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 (