Personal Fitness Trainer Certification Offered at FDU

Teaneck, NJ (January 4, 2005) —People interested in becoming qualified personal fitness trainers find a variety of certifications available, leading to questions about the quality and scope of the instruction.

Fairleigh Dickinson University is offering a nationally recognized, comprehensive certification program that results in a quality personal trainer certificate. This World Instructor Training Schools (W.I.T.S.) certification involves 36 hours of theory and practical instruction. The W.I.T.S. Certification is respected and carries weight with potential employers.

Scott Fisher and Dan Huff, both qualified W.I.T.S. instructors, will teach the six-week course at FDU. Fisher is a sports nutritionist, exercise physiologist and the director of the University’s Fitness Center. Huff is a certified strength and conditioning specialist and the strength and conditioning coach for FDU’s Division I athletics program. He is the founder and owner of a successful personal training business.

The course is equally divided between the classroom and practical, hands-on experience. It will cover fitness testing, injuries, nutrition and weight control, motivation, anatomy, legal and professional responsibilities, as well as the business aspects of developing a client base.

The certification course at FDU begins on February 8 and meets from 9 a.m.-noon on Tuesday and Friday for six weeks. Participants must pass both written and practical tests to become certified. A comprehensive outline of the course is available by visiting

According to Fisher, “The program is the core certification in the field. Once an individual has earned this certificate, they are eligible to earn special certifications in aqua fitness, senior fitness or youth fitness.

“After completing this core course,” he said, “graduates can step out as confident, effective personal trainers. They will have the necessary knowledge and practical experience.”

The course fee is $495. For further information call Joan Leder, FDU Division of Continuing Education, at 201 692 6500.

Metropolitan Campus

Gretchen Johnson

Office of Public Relations
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(201) 692-7032

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