University of Vermont

Fitness & Wellness

Certification Courses and Trainings for Fitness Professionals

Certifications Personal Training Course | Group Fitness Instructor Course


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 a National Certification Exam but also gain hands on experience needed to become safe and effective in their role.

EDPE 200: Group Fitness Instructor – (ACE Group Fitness Exam Preparation Course) - fall - 3 credits - no prerequisites required

The Group Fitness Instructor Certification preparation course gives students the knowledge and skills to design and teach fitness classes, 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. During this course students will be use class time as a lab to sample and be mentored to lead modalities like cardio/aerobics, kickboxing, TRX, Pilates, cycling, yoga, strength training, core training and more.

At the completion of this course, students have the option to register and sit for the ACE Group Fitness Exam. Earning a certification accredited by the National Commission for Certifying Agencies (NCCA) will align students with industry standards of a professional fitness instructor. The certification exam cost is not part of the course fee.

Please go to the UVM Registrar page to register for your course. If you have questions on how to register contact the UVM Registrar 802-656-2045. If you have questions in reference to the course contact the instructor Justina Reichelt 802-656-8058.

EDPE 200: Personal Training Coach (NASM 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.


    • If you have questions call Fitness Programs at (802)-656-7713 or email us at fitness@uvm.edu.

Last modified April 13 2017 12:23 PM