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 Fall 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:

fall 2021

  Group Fitness Personal Training
Dates Sep 14 - Nov 16 Coming Fall 2022
Location Campus Recreation Center

Campus Recreation Center


Day | Time

Tues | 2:00 - 4:00 PM


Max Class Size 10 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  Sep 8, 2021 Applications Closed
Acceptance Decision  Sep 10, 2021 TBD
Email Application To

Asia Wright

Katie Haff

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 GFIT and Personal Training to Asia Wright (