Are you interested in becoming a fitness professional, but not sure how to get started?  FAU Campus Recreation offers two separate courses to help prepare you to become a certified fitness professional.

Choose between either becoming a Group Exercise Instructor and Personal Trainer. Each course is a 10-week program, which not only prepares you to take a national certification, but also provides hands-on practical knowledge and skills.

Course details can be found by clicking on the links below


Frequently Asked Questions

Q. Does the course fee include the cost of taking the certification exam?

 A. The course fee does not include the cost of the national certification examination, but does provide individuals with the lecture materials, sample quizzes, and the knowledge/skills/ability to prepare for the exam. Also, with being a participant of the course, you receive a discount on the examination fees.


Q. What are the benefits of participating in either the Group Fitness or Personal Training Prep Courses?

 A. The FAU Department of Campus Recreation will become your family to help you every step of the way in your quest to become a fitness professional. The course will help you prepare for a national certification exam and to become a successful professional in the fitness industry.

These courses provide practical, hands-on practice and learning opportunities to better prepare you for teaching group classes or training clients. Additionally, by participating in one of these courses, individuals will have the opportunity to receive a discount on the cost of the exam.


Q. What is the difference between a group exercise instructor and a personal trainer?

 A. Group exercise instructors and personal trainers both learn basic fitness principles, physiology, anatomy, biomechanics, and exercise technique. However, group exercise instructors are taught such subjects as music selection, tempo, choreography, and cueing in order to lead groups of individuals in a safe, effective, and fun class environment. Personal trainers are taught how to work with clients in a one-on-one training environment. They are taught information on assessment/consultation, exercise program design, training modalities, and much more in order to successfully help clients reach their fitness goals.

 Last Modified 12/18/14