Notre Dame College Launches Personal Training Program

Notre Dame College is offering a nine-week personal training certification course to prepare students and professionals for careers in the fitness industry.

The class will meet from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. on Saturdays beginning April 13 through June 15. A free information session, including details on how to enroll, will be conducted on campus from 10-11 a.m. March 23 in Room 118 of the Administration Building. To register for this orientation or the course, contact Tina Jurcisin, administrative coordinator for professional development, at Or enroll online at Select Professional Development and then choose course catalog.

“This program is a great complement for those working toward degrees in sports management or physical education or for anyone interested in becoming a certified personal trainer,” said Karen Poelking, vice president of board and community relations and director of professional development at Notre Dame. “Personal training is not only a fun profession but one that is thriving.”

Employment for fitness and personal trainers is expected to grow about 25 percent through 2020, faster than the employment for all occupations, according to the national Bureau of Labor Statistics. Certified personal trainers can earn $15 to $25 per hour or more, depending on where they work.

The personal training certification program, provided by World Instructor Training Schools (W.I.T.S.) in collaboration with Notre Dame’s Office of Professional Development, incorporates classroom learning and testing with practical training. Topics covered include biomechanics, exercise physiology, fitness testing, equipment usage and health assessment.

Those who earn personal training certification may be eligible to receive up to six continuing education credits.

In addition to the in-class instruction, candidates must complete CPR (cardiopulmonary resuscitation) and AED (automated external defibrillators) training and a 30-hour internship within 12 months following the conclusion of the course to complete the certification.

Candidates who enroll may be eligible to receive funding from the Workforce Investment Act and Veteran’s Educational Benefits to help cover the $789 course fee and cost of the text book, estimated at $95.

W.I.T.S. is an affiliate of the National Board of Fitness Examiners (NBFE) and approved by the Board of Certification for athletic trainers, as well as for the American Occupational Therapy Association (AOTA), the Board of Certification (BOC) for athletic trainers and the National Board of Massage Therapy & Body Works (the NBMTB). 


About Notre Dame College

For 90 years, Notre Dame College has educated a diverse population in the liberal arts for personal, professional and global responsibility. Founded by the Sisters of Notre Dame in 1922, the College has grown strategically to keep pace with the rapidly changing needs of students and the dramatic changes in higher education. But it has never lost sight of its emphasis on teaching students not only how to make a good living but also how to live a good life.

Today, the College offers bachelor’s degrees in 30 disciplines plus a variety of master's degrees, certification programs and continuing and professional development programs for adult learners on campus and online. Notre Dame College offers 22 NCAA Division II intercollegiate athletic programs for men and women and is located in a picturesque residential neighborhood just 25 minutes from the heart of Cleveland. Hallmarks of the Notre Dame experience include stimulating academics, personalized attention of dedicated faculty and staff, and small class sizes.


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