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:
|Group Fitness||Personal Training|
|Dates||Feb 10 - Apr 9||Feb 4 - Apr 8|
Campus Recreation Center
Campus Recreation Center
|Time||4:00 - 6:00 PM||4:00 - 6:00 PM|
|Max Class Size||10||10|
|Info Materials||TBD||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||
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.
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.