ACE Group Fitness Instructor


The American Council on Exercise (ACE ®) group fitness instructor training course prepares you with the skill of developing and leading a safe and effective group exercise class. Learn the fundamentals of the exercising human body through various fitness formats.

To be considered for employment with us, please attend a student-employment recruitment session.

Register at the Member Services Suite. Space is for this course limited.

The cost includes:

  • ACE Group Fitness Instructor Certification Exam
  • ACE Group Fitness Instructor Handbook
  • ACE Digital Classroom (Chapter Reviews, Quizzes, Videos, Webinars, Exam Review)
  • One ACE Practice Exam
  • Full Access to the ACE Resource Center
  • Fifteen hours of classroom instruction and practical Learning
  • Weekend Intensive Training with 4 Master Classes

For questions about the group fitness instructor training course or if you are interested in becoming a group fitness instructor please contact:

Coordinator, Group Fitness
P: (919) 515-7529

Spring 2018 Course Information

Registration Open Registration Closes
Tuesday, January 2 Friday, February 2
Weekend intensive course
Class Dates Time
Friday, February 9 3:00 P.M. – 7:00 P.M.
Saturday, February 10 8:00 A.M. – 2:00 P.M.
Sunday, February 11 8:00 A.M. – 2:00 P.M.

For full-time, degree-seeking students pursuing employment with University Recreation as a certified group fitness instructor, an additional five weeks of weekly meetings will be mandatory. Times will depend on student availability and are TBD.

Students Members
$345 $375

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NASM 8-Week Personal Trainer Course

Become a National Academy of Sports Medicine Certified Personal Trainer (NASM-CPT) and become one of the most respected and sought-after personal trainers in the fitness industry. NASM certified personal trainers will learn how to maximize client results, create-goal specific training programs.

The personal training course is an eight-week hybrid course that consists of online lectures and in-person labs, where you are provided an opportunity to receive hands-on personal training experience. This course is great for anyone interested in starting or advancing their career in the health or fitness industry, or wanting to learn more about exercise programming.

Course Information

Labs meet once a week for two hours and focus on teaching practical skills of personal training. A course syllabus with detailed information will be provided.

The course will meet at 5:15 – 7:15 P.M. every Tuesday from May 29 – July 17, with the exclusion of spring break (March 6).

Materials include:

  • Access to online resources
  • Textbook
  • Practice exam
  • CPT exam enrollment

Registration Information

Please visit the Member Services Suite to register for the course. *Space for this course is limited.

For questions regarding the personal training certification course, please contact:

Strength and Conditioning Coordinator
Jenn Richard
P: (919) 513-8133

Please visit the Member Services Suite to register for the course.

Space for the personal trainer certification course is limited.

Registration Dates

Registration Opens Registration Closes
Monday, March 5 Thursday, May 17


Students Members
$575 $650

External Certifications

We hosts a variety of nationally recognized fitness workshops and certifications to help foster the growth and development of those within the fitness community. All external certifications are managed by third party organizations and questions are best addressed directly with each organization. Please see below for a list of upcoming external certifications offered.

Certification Date Registration
TRX® Basic Sunday, November 5
BODYPUMP™ initial training Saturday, January 27 – Sunday, January 28, 2018 Learn more and register