W.I.T.S. Personal Training Certification Program


The Campus Recreation department, in collaboration with the World Instructor Training Schools (W.I.T.S.), is offering a Personal Trainer Certification Program designed to help you start a successful career as a trainer. Taught over a five-week period, the program covers key topics including biomechanics, exercise physiology, fitness testing, equipment usage, and health assessment.

The 30-hour course will be led by our instructor, Madel de Jesus, and consist of 15 hours of lecture and 15 hours of practical training. Lectures will be offered remotely via Zoom.  Practical labs are anticipated to be held in person in the Bosley Fitness Center.

Participants must be available to complete a written and practical exam in person at the University of San Diego during the assigned times.

NCCA accredited program logo.

Learning Outcomes

By the end of the program, participants will achieve the ability to:

  • Understand and describe basic anatomy, kinesiology and exercise physiology
  • Assess an individual’s level of fitness using ACSM guidelines
  • Design and customize exercise programs
  • Demonstrate proper execution of resistance, cardio-respiratory and flexibility exercises
  • Identify and demonstrate at least one strength exercise for every major muscle group
  • Explain ACSM and AHA recommendations for cardiovascular exercise


Credit Class

When registering for credit, please add the Course CRN from our Summer 2021 Recreation Class Schedule to your student schedule in your MySanDiego portal. The course fee (see below) will be charged to your student account, similar to any other class.

Non-Credit Class

Please visit our W.I.T.S. Registration page to register for this course for non-credit. Select a $0 down payment to hold your spot in the course. If the course can proceed as scheduled, we will contact you for payment. Payment will be due no later than 7 days prior to the course start date. 


Registration fees for students and staff
Students $549
USD Staff $649



*Pending University COVID guidelines

Note: This does not include the cost of the required textbook.

For questions regarding the registration process, please call 619-260-4583 or email Matt McIver (mjmciver@sandiego.edu).

Course Schedule

Course Dates:  July 10 - August 8, 2021

  • Lecture:  Saturdays, 10:00 am - 1:00 pm
  • Practical Training:  Sundays, 10:00 am - 1:00 pm

Exam Date:  August 21, 2021

*Participants MUST be available to complete the exam in person at USD on the planned date.

  • 10:00 am - 12:00 pm:  Written Exam
  • 1:00 pm - 6:00 pm:  Practical Exam

*Participants will be randomly assigned a practical exam partner and time slot, per W.I.T.S., policy and NCCA accreditation.

Meet The Instructor

An image of instructor Madel de Jesus, with a list of her education background at the University of Philippines and certifications.

Program Requirements