Trainings & Certifications


Each semester, we facilitate trainings for both Personal Training (PT) and Group Fitness.  Those trainings help you prepare for nationally-accredited, certification exams.  Our hope is that you'll come work for us, but that's not required.  Our trainings are open to both students and non-students.  Details of our current semester's schedule can be found below.  

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

Fall 2020

Our Personal Training certification course scheduled from Sep 15 - Nov 24 has sold out.  We added a new course below.

  Group Fitness Personal Training
Dates Sep 14 - Oct 21 Sept 18 - Nov 20
Location Campus Recreation Center Campus Recreation Center
Days Mon & Wed Friday
Time 4:00 - 6:00 PM 3:00 - 6:00 PM
Max Class Size 15 10

$300 (student)

$400 (non-student)

$550 (student)

$650 (non-student)

Registration Link Click here  Click here

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

A $100 non-refundable deposit is required at the time of registration. Remaining balance is due on Monday, September 14, 2020 by 12 PM.  

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. Participants may submit a refund request (less a $15 administration fee) on or before Friday, August 28 for the fall semester. Refunds will not be approved after this date.

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