University of Vermont

Fitness & Wellness

Certification Courses and Trainings for Fitness Professionals


Personal Training Course | Group Fitness Instructor Course

Specialties and Trainings

Les Mills Instructor Training | Cycling Training | HITT it with Yoga | Kettlebell Specialty

Campus Recreation values the importance of student development through preparing students to become Certified Group Fitness Instructors and/or Personal Trainers. We have partnered with the Physical Education Department to offer classes that are a semester-long and provide potential instructors and /or trainers with the education and experience to not only prepare for the American Council on Exercise (ACE) National Certification Exam but also gain hands on experience needed to become safe and effective in their role.

EDPE 200: Personal Training (Exam Preparation Course) – spring - 3 credits - no prerequisites required

This is a course to assist students interested in Personal Training and/or becoming a Certified Personal Trainer (certification exam fee and exam not included).  This course is designed to give students the knowledge and understanding necessary to prepare to take a nationally accredited Personal Training exam and to become innovative, safe and effective Personal Trainers.  Students taking this course do not have to have applied sciences pre-requirements. Sciences related to the human body and functional movement will be covered.  This course consists of both online and physical lecture, online testing, and laboratory experience.  The goal is for hands-on learning of comprehensive systems for designing individualized programs based on each client’s unique health, fitness, and goals.  The information covered by this course will help students learn how to facilitate rapport, adherence, self-efficacy and behavior change in clients, as well as design programs that help clients to improve posture, movement, flexibility, balance, core function, cardiorespiratory fitness, and muscular endurance and strength.  Students will apply the skills and information learned in this course through simulated training experiences in the UVM Campus Recreation Gucciardi Fitness Center during class time.   It is strongly recommended that all students for this course register for a Personal Training package prior to class to gain exposure to our assessment, goal setting and program design process.

EDPE 200: Group Fitness Instructors in Training – Group Fitness Exam Preparation Course - spring - 3 credits - no prerequisites required

The Group Fitness Instructor Certification preparation course will give you the knowledge to design and teach any class better, lead all fitness levels effectively, and deliver experiences your participants will never forget. This course is designed to give students the knowledge and understanding necessary to prepare for the ACE Group Fitness Instructor Certification Exam and become effective group fitness instructors. This class will cover foundations in applied sciences and create relative fitness and instructional experiences to practice this knowledge. In this course students will sample and learn to lead modalities like step aerobics, cardio kickboxing, TRX, Pilates, Spinning, Yoga, strength training, core training and more. Earning a certification accredited by the National Commission for Certifying Agencies (NCCA) will set you apart as a teacher who leads more than just the front row. The certification exam cost is not part of the course fee.

Les Mills - Core Worx, Body Flow
Body Pump 99

How to sign up?

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Cost: UVM Affilates $150


University of Vermont

97 Spear Street, Campus Recreation Office, 101 Campus Recreation & Fitness Center,
Burlington, VT 05405, United States
(802) 656-8058


Want to change the world?  Sign up for this 2 day Certification Training and help to create a fitter planet!
REQUIREMENTS:  Les Mills has gone green!  As a result, you will need access to a computer & internet to download your digital training materials (music, video & choreography) as well as all future quarterly materials.

PREWORK:  Once signed up, you will receive an e-mail 2 weeks prior to the event letting you know that your training materials are available for downloading from our instructor portal. (We'll include instructions on how to download your music, video, and choreography notes. Don't worry, it's really easy!) Take the next 2 weeks to learn the release and the 2 tracks you will be assigned to present at training. 

CERTIFICATION NOTE: Les Mills instructors are the best in the world.  In order to maintain the amazing quality of our instructors, we have a bit of a more rigorous certification process than most organizations.  Attending training does not guarantee certification.  After passing training, instructors need to submit an assessment video in order to show that they’re teaching a safe and effective class. There are a few minimum requirements that need to be met in order to certify.  Please understand that submitting the video also does not guarantee certification.  The complete certification process will be fully explained, and all the tools you need to be successful will be provided to you during your training weekend, but if you have any questions about this prior to attending training, please feel free to contact us at or by calling 844-LES-MILLS
CANCELLATION POLICY:  You may receive a full refund 16 days prior to your training start date.  After that, there is a non-refundable $50 fee if you cancel your enrollment.  You can transfer to another training with no financial penalty as long as that training workshop is on the same release.  If you transfer to a training using another release, there will be a $50 fee.

CREDITS:  ACE and AFAA Continuing education credits/units will be awarded for this training. Once you’ve completed your training, log in to your instructor portal, click on EVENTS, and go to the MY PREVIOUS EVENTS tab.  You can print out your CEC/CEU certificate right there from your training event listing.


Date: December 3-4, 2016
Time: 8am-6pm both days

Check the schedule carefully.  You have to participate 100% in training, so be sure you can attend the whole time or you will not pass the module.  We cover a lot of information into the weekend, and we want our instructors to be as successful as possible!

You need to bring: 
* LES MILLS Release kit (on your electronic device)
* A pen and paper for taking notes
*iPod or a device to listen to your assigned tracks
* We also recommend bringing a laptop or tablet so that you can review your allocated tracks as homework after the first day
*Fluid and snacks to sustain you throughout the day, and changes of clothes (you are going to sweat. A lot.)

NETA- National Exercise Trainers Association
Kettlebell Specialty- Certification

This course teaches the basics of kettlebell training, including its history, safety techniques, body positioning, alignment and appropriate starting weights. You'll also learn and experience the most popular exercises- like the swing, clean and press, snatch and others.

Date: March 25th 8am-3pm

Location: Patrick Multipurpose 217. 97 Spear Street, Burlington VT. 05405

Price: 169$

Continuing Education Credits: 7 NETA, .6 ACE, 8 AFAA, .8 NASM

HITT it with Yoga- Workshop

There is no denying that high intensity interval training (HIIT) is fun, effective, and challenging for all. Don’t miss this ground-breaking course that will teach you the benefits of HIIT and Yoga, and how to fuse these two seemingly different formats together to create a challenging, yet centering class to develop maximum performance levels!

Date: March 26th 8:00 am–1:00 pm

Location: Patrick Multipurpose 217. 97 Spear Street, Burlington VT. 05405

Price: $119.00 ($129.00 On-site)

Continuing Education Credits: 5 NETA, 0.5 ACE, 5 AFAA, 0.5 NASM

Indoor Cycling

M3 Foundations Training- Certification

This 6-hour course provides the foundations for efficient and effective instructing on the M3. Positioning, technique, intensity, heart rate, and drills are just a few of the topics covered. At the end of the 6-hour course, participants will receive their certification, which is nationally recognized through organizations such as ACE and AFAA.

Date: February 3rd, 2017

Location: Gutterson Multipurpose 217. 97 Spear Street, Burlington VT. 05405

Price: 300$

Keiser Modules- Workshops

8-10am Data

11am-1pm Power

    • If you have questions call Fitness Programs at (802)-656-7713 or email us at

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