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Become a Personal Trainer

Individuals do not have to have a national fitness certification in order to be hired as a Personal Trainer with W&M Campus Recreation. However, once hired, Personal Trainers-in-Training must obtain a national Personal Trainer Certification before the start of the next semester (e.g. students hired in the spring must get their national certification over the summer so they can start work in the fall). Students must also go through the Campus Recreation in-house Personal Training Instructional Course or the Health Prescription course offered through Kinesiology. Find out more information about the Personal Training Instructional Course.


Personal Trainer job description, expectations, responsibilities
Student Application Process

Fall 2023 Hiring
* This is a closed hiring session only open to students in the Personal Training Methods class in Fall 2023. 

Applications Due: Wednesday, Nov. 8th at 11:59 PM

Auditions: Tuesday, Nov. 14th from 6-8 PM,  Tyler Studio (downstairs in the Rec Center)

Interviews: Thursday, Nov. 16th 3-5 PM and Friday, Nov. 17th time TBD. Scheduled individually with those called back from auditions.

Contact [[kglynn, Katherine Glynn]], Personal Training Supervisor with questions.

Non-Student Application

Non-students interested in working as Personal Trainer for William & Mary Campus Recreation can apply through this application. If you have any questions about the non-student hiring process, please reach out to [[jvrueh, Jenny Dunfee]], Associate Director of Fitness & Wellness.

Personal Trainer Job Description

Through one-on-one fitness assessments, consultations, and training sessions the Personal Trainer assists and supervises in the advancement and improvement of a client's health and well-being. As a professional in the field of Exercise and Health, the Personal Trainer educates and motivates individuals on the benefits of exercise and nutrition through personal and professional relationships with clients and other fitness professionals. Trainers are required to work with the Trainers-in-Training, and are encouraged to be involved with various new employee training sessions.

Personal Trainer Expectations and Responsibilities
  • Complete the Campus Recreation Personal Trainer Instructional Course.
  • Become nationally certified within three months of beginning work as a Personal Trainer with Campus Recreation.
  • Shadow and team-train with a supervising Trainer before taking clients on your own.
  • Attend weekly/bi-monthly Personal Trainer meetings
  • Attend the Campus Recreation Staff Training once/semester the day before school starts
  • Attend all workshops and special events that are designated as mandatory by the Associate Director for Fitness & Wellness.
  • Arrive on time to all meetings, workshops, training sessions and special events.
  • Report to work at least 10 minutes before your session and have your client's workout or session prepared beforehand.
  • Maintain current CPR, First Aid, AED and national PT certifications.
  • Keep up-to-date with the latest health and fitness trends. Continue your knowledge and education by attending workshops, presentations, expos, conferences, etc. to earn continuing education credits.
  • Maintain open and frequent communication with the Associate Director for Fitness & Wellness, the Graduate Assistant and your co-workers and return all emails and calls in a timely manner.
  • Follow gym rules and guidelines including equipment use and dress code.
  • Act in a professional manner at all times.
  • Abide by the honor code.
  • Prescribe safe and effective exercise programs for clients.
  • Keep track of your clients' sessions and payments.
  • Be familiar with your client's health history and medical limitations (if any).