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Continuing Education at Austin Peay State University has partnered with World Instructor Training Schools (W.I.T.S.) to offer interested students as well as local and regional residents the Personal Trainer Certification program. This program is designed to fit the busy schedules of students as well at residents of the greater community of Clarksville and southwest Kentucky with career, life and family obligations.

Receive college credit at APSU for this course!

Learn lectures at home, Complete labs at college!

2 Certification Levels (Test Vouchers Included)

Level 1 – Pass both Written Exam & Practical Skills Exam (Test Vouchers Included)
Level 2 – Obtain a Level 1 CPT & Complete the 30 Hour Internship

Get all the information needed to start an exciting fitness career & become a Certified Personal Trainer. We have over 5,000 internship employers waiting to hire our graduates. We do what a written test alone cannot do for you to become a successful Certified Personal Trainer. Our unique employer internship walks many of our graduates into better paying jobs! This challenging course is for candidates wanting CONVENIENT ONLINE information with in-depth instruction and hands-on practical labs on video to understand how it all comes together. The option to experience & master the essential career skills at a local fitness center near you is a special feature that only W.I.T.S. offers.

  • Mentored online SELF PACED lessons for optimal learning. Included in all packages.
  • Online interactive video lectures, practical video labs, discussion boards, quizzes
  • Attend an instructor led LIVE practical lab review at a college site.
  • Exam vouchers included to earn Level 1 Certified Personal Trainer.
  • Digital badge of distinction to verify your credential through social media markets. What is a digital professional badge? Click here
  • 200 page student workbook, Power Points & other study tools (included).
  • Student study guide with sample quiz questions (included).


Required textbook:
Fitness Professional's Handbook-7th Edition with Web Resource ISBN-13: 9781492523376 is available for purchase online. 
An e-book is also available for purchase online: ISBN-13: 9781492535935
You can also order the book through W.I.T.S. by calling 1-888-330-9487

W.I.T.S. is the only major certifying body in the country providing comprehensive practical training and internship components. Textbook is required and not included in course fees.* Call to order and start reading immediately 888-330-9487 {www.witseducation.com}

For information contact:
Janice Poindexter






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  • Must be at least 18 years of age

  • Graduation from high school or a General Education Development (GED) Certificate

  • CPR/AED is needed to receive the certificate.

Learning Outcomes

After successfully completing this course, students will be able to:

  1. Understand and describe basic anatomy, kinesiology and exercise physiology

  2. Assess an individual's level of fitness using ACSM guidelines

  3. Design and customize exercise programs

  4. Demonstrate proper execution of resistance, cardiorespiritory and flexibility exercises

  5. Identify and demonstrate at least one strength exercise for every major muscle group

  6. Explain ACSM and AHA recommendations for cardiovascular exercise

Cost of the Personal Trainer Certification


Includes fees for practicum at The Foy Fitness and Recreation Center

Course Withdrawals/Refunds

Austin Peay State University Continuing Education reserves the right to cancel any noncredit course, in which case registration fees are fully refunded. If it becomes necessary for Continuing Education to cancel the course, you will be notified by email or phone. It is important that we have your current contact information.

If you request to withdraw from a course prior to the course start time, you will receive a refund minus an administrative fee of $35. Requests for withdrawals, refunds or transfers must be in writing. Submit requests via email to continuinged@apsu.edu or fax to: 931-221- 7748.  No refunds will be issued after course start date.


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W.I.T.S. is an approved CEU provider for the following organizations; the American Occupational Therapy Association (AOTA), National Certification Board for Therapeutic Massage & Bodywork (NCBTMB), the International Association of Continuing Education and Training (IACET) and the certification test for the GI Bill. The American Council on Education (ACE) has also recommended 3 undergraduate academic credits for this course. For more information on receiving ACE credit, see the W.I.T.S. website.


Register Now!

Upcoming Classes:
Foy Fitness & Recreation Center


July 8 – August 19 (no class 8/12), Saturdays 9am- 4pm
Lecture: 9am-12pm – room TBD
Practical: 1-4pm – The Foy Fitness and Recreation Center, Marion Street, Clarksville, TN 37044
National Exam: August 19 (Written 9am-11am, Practical- 11:30am-3pm)




Fall 2017: 6 week course with 1 study week prior to testing

10/7-11/18 (no class 11/11)

Saturdays, 9am-4pm

Lecture:9am-12pm, practical: 1-4pm

National Test date: 11/18


  Meet Your Instructor

         Janice Hayden

Austin Peay State University

Practical Lab Site:
Foy Fitness & Recreation Center
Austin Peay State University
Main Floor
Marion St, Clarksville, TN 37044



Fitness Professional's Handbook 7th Edition With Web Resource

Fitness Book

ISBN-13: 9781492523376
An e-book is also available for purchase online: ISBN-13: 9781492535935
You can also order the book through W.I.T.S. by calling 1-888-330-9487