Become a Trainer or Instructor

Fitness & Wellness offers you the opportunity to become a certified Personal Trainer or Group Fitness Instructor each year. Both courses are 12 weeks long and will prepare participants for the NCCA accredited National Academy of Sports Medicine (NASM) Personal Trainer and Athletic & Fitness Association of America (AFAA) Group Fitness Instructor certification exams. No experience necessary. 

Note: These courses are not for academic credit. Each course requires a substantial time commitment both inside and outside of class. 

NASM Personal Training Prep Course

Virtual Info Session (Zoom):

Spring 2021 Session

Registration Deadline: Friday, January 29
Start Date: Monday, February 1
End Date: Friday, April 30
Class Times: Mondays & Wednesdays from 4:30-6PM
Course Format: Virtual lectures via Zoom and online modules. Class participants will be sent a Zoom link to join lectures. Lectures are recorded.

General Course Information

Provided Materials:

  • NASM full online study system (includes modules for each chapter, practice quizzes, videos, audio files, sample materials, content area study guides, and access to schedule the certification exam)
  • A hard copy of the NASM Personal Trainer book
  • NASM digital library of exercise technique demonstration
  • Live presentations or Zoom lectures (these will also be recorded in case you miss a day or need to go back to review) from experienced professionals and opportunities for practical application of content
  • Direct access to the course instructors (F&W Professional Staff & certified personal trainers) for questions
  • Added to the course GroupMe so you can arrange study times with others

Cost (No refunds provided):

  • $649 ($100 course operating fee and $549 NASM certification course and exam fee)

Note: retail pricing on this course is $999.

Register for the NASM Personal Training Prep Course here


AFAA Group Fitness Instructor Prep Course

Info Sessions (located in Ramsey Student Center Room 226):

  • In-person info sessions are not scheduled at this time (please contact lisawilliamson@uga.edu for more info on this course) 

Fall 2020 Session

Registration Deadline: Friday, August 28 at 11:59PM 
Start Date: Monday, August 31 
End Date: Wednesday, November 18
Class Time: 4:30-6:00PM
Course Format: Virtual lectures via Zoom and online modules. Class participants will be sent a Zoom link to join lectures. 

General Course Information

Provided Materials:

  • AFAA full online study system (includes modules for each chapter, practice quizzes, videos, audio files, sample materials, content area study guides, and access to schedule the certification exam)
  • A hard copy of the AFAA Group Fitness Instructor book
  • Live presentations or Zoom lectures (these will also be recorded in case you miss a day or need to go back to review) from experienced professionals and opportunities for practical application of content
  • Direct access to the course instructors (F&W Professional Staff & certified group fitness instructors) for questions
  • Added to the course GroupMe so you can arrange study times with others

Cost (No refunds provided):

$319 ($100 course operating fee and $219 NASM certification course and exam fee)

Register for the AFAA Group Fitness Instructor Prep Course here- On Sale Now!