University of Vermont

Fitness & Wellness

Fitness Certification Courses and Trainings for Fitness Professionals

Personal Training Course | Personal Training Lab | Group Fitness Instructor Course

TRX Training| Spinning Training | Additional Trainings

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 – fall - 3 credits - no prerequisites required


This is a Personal Training preparation course with the option of registering for the American Council on Exercise Personal Trainer Certification. This course provides potential Personal Trainers with the information, instruction, education, and experience needed to become a safe and innovative trainer and successfully complete the ACE certification. This class will cover foundations in applied sciences and create relative fitness and instructional experiences to practice this knowledge. Students in this course will gain hands on experience through acting as both a client and trainer with classmates. It is strongly recommended that all students for this course register through UVM Campus Recreation for a Personal Training Starter package to gain exposure to our assessment, goal setting and program design process. The certification exam cost is not part of the course fee.

Iron Cats Lab - Intro to Personal Training Instructional Recreation Course – spring - prerequisite is that students completed the fall EDPE 200 Personal Training Course or they are a Certified Personal Trainer


This course is designed to give experienced students an opportunity to develop the skills to become a proficient Personal Trainer. This course is geared towards students who have passed their Personal Training Exam and/or passed the EDPE 200, three-credit Personal Training course in the fall. This lab is designed for students to develop their effectiveness as innovative and safe personal trainers. All students will be matched with at least one practice client from the UVM community. This course is an opportunity for new trainers to lead their clients through a minimum of six sessions with the supervision of a certified trainer. Students will apply the ACE Integrated Fitness Training™ (ACE IFT™) Model as a comprehensive system for designing individualized programs based on each client’s unique health, fitness, and goals. The ACE IFT Model 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 be assessed on their client in-take, assessment, personal training sessions and program design.

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.

Trainings- TRX, Spinning, AFAA

  • TRX Suspension Training - Spring 2015 DATE T.B.D.

    Expand your potential resources and maximize your revenue by bringing TRX Suspension Training to the scale of group fitness classes. This course will help you create fun and innovative classes adaptable to all fitness levels. You’ll not only learn TRX Suspension Training fundamentals, but how to incorporate a range of TRX strength and flexibility exercises into a group-training format. Completion of this course will also qualify you for Level 2 courses.

    Upon completion of this course you will be able to:

    • Teach two different TRX group class formats

    • Design group TRX workouts to fit your own style

    • Cue techniques for group class settings

    • Properly set up and use the TRX Suspension Trainer

    • Join the official TRX Directory of trainers and facilities

    CEC List 
    Fitness professionals can earn CECs with the completion of the TRX Group Suspension Training Course from the following organizations: ACE 0.7, AFAA 5.0, AFLCA 7.0, BCRPA 7.0, canfitpro 4.0, Fitness Australia 7.0, NASM 0.7, PTA Global 8.0, REPS 9.0, and SkillsActive REPS 8.0 (ACSM accepts ACE CECs)

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