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Professional and Continuing Education

Pawley Hall, Room 440G
456 Pioneer Drive
Rochester, MI 48309-4482
(location map)
(248) 370-3177

Professional and Continuing Education

Pawley Hall, Room 440G
456 Pioneer Drive
Rochester, MI 48309-4482
(location map)
(248) 370-3177

trainer working with a client on an exercise bike in a fitness center

Personal Trainer Certificate Program


Our next offering of the Personal Trainer Certificate begins March 02! Please email for complete details. 

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Join the rapidly expanding field of Personal Training, with opportunities expected to grow 13% from 2018-2028!*

Oakland University PACE is proud to partner with World Instructor Training Schools (W.I.T.S.) to offer a Personal Trainer Certificate Program. Through this program, students complete coursework that prepares them to take the W.I.T.S. written and practical examinations that are necessary to obtain Certified Personal Trainer - Level 1 (CPT - Level 1) status. Topics covered include biometrics, exercise physiology, fitness testing, equipment usage, and health assessments. Hands-on, gym-based learning and the option to complete a 30-hour internship allow students real-world practice of course concepts.

The course is perfect for individuals looking to gain the solid reputation, credibility, and  confidence to do the job successfully. 


  • 15 hours of lecture and instruction from an experienced, certified personal trainer
  • 15 hours of gym-based, hands-on learning
  • 6 hour exam review session
  • Optional 30-hour internship (included)
  • Presentations by local fitness organizations

Certification as a W.I.T.S. Certified Personal Trainer — Level I demonstrates entry-level fitness specific competency and a commitment to consumer safety by individuals who help to improve the health and fitness for clients ranging in age, health, and fitness status through the development and implementation of fitness programs required for practice in the service industry in the United States. Individuals who earn the CPT – Level I designation are qualified to implement personalized exercise programs to clients that have no special medical conditions nor specialized physical limitations that would require advanced knowledge or skills.

Eligibility Requirements

Age: Minimum of 18 years
Education: Minimum of a high school diploma or equivalent (i.e. GED)
Training: Valid Adult CPR/AED Certification*
Ethics: Agree to adhere to the W.I.T.S. Code of Ethics.
Written Examination: Passing score on the CPT-Level 1 multiple-choice examination.
Practical Examination: Passing score on the CPT-Level 1 practical examination.

*A live, hands-on skills assessment verified by a qualified CPR instructor is required. CPR/AED
courses are offered at Oakland University. Please email if you would like
to complete this requirement at OU.

*For more details on exam eligibility requirements and retesting, please visit the W.I.T.S. website and consult the CPT - Level 1 Candidate Handbook.


Amy Olind, Program Director or 248-370-2985
W.I.T.S. is approved and recognized by the National Commission for Certifying Agencies (NCCA), the American Council on Education (ACE), The International Association for Continuing Education And Training (IACET), The National Certification Board for Therapeutic Massage and Bodywork (NCBTMB)
Schedule and Pricing


$700 students

$800 community members (4-month Rec Center membership included)
*Payment plan option available to those who register early!
The required textbook for the course (below) should be purchased separately prior to the first day of class. It can be found from a variety of sources, including Amazon, starting at around $45.
Howley, E.T. and Franks, R.D. (2017) Fitness Professional’s Handbook.  7th Ed. Human Kinetics. Champaign, IL
Spring 2020 Schedule
Dates: March 02 – April 16th (No class March 9th and March 12th)
Days: Mondays & Thursdays
Times: 6-9pm
Location: Oakland University Recreation Center, David E. Herman Room
Testing Dates: Written Exam - Thursday, April 23rd, 6-8pm Practical Exam- Saturday, April 25th (Each student will have 30 minutes to complete the Practical Exam. Times for each individual student provided by WITS)

NOTICE: By registering for this Professional and Continuing Education class, I agree that Oakland University can share my contact information (i.e., name, address, telephone number and e-mail address) with World Instructor Training School for the purposes of administering the class. W.I.T.S. may send information to enrolled individuals regarding examination and recertification.
*Oakland University reserves the right to cancel courses due to low enrollment. To allow maximum enrollment, you will be notified of course cancellation 24 hours before the course start date via your home email or phone on record.