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Personal Training Instructional Course - Spring 2022

Join the training course taught through W&M Campus Recreation! This course is a training program designed to provide William & Mary students with the information, instruction, education, and practical experience needed to become personal trainers. The course will prepare students to take the American College of Sports Medicine (ACSM) Certified Personal Trainer Exam.

IMPORTANT NOTE: Preference will be given to those that are interested in employment as Personal Trainers for W&M Campus Recreation and undergraduate non-seniors.

CLASS DAY/TIME: Wednesdays, 3:30-5:00pm

START DATE: February 2, 2022

END DATE: April 27, 2022

COURSE INSTRUCTOR: Jenny Dunfee, M.S.Ed, ACSM Certified Exercise Physiologist (EP-C).


  • ACSM's Resources for the Personal Trainer, 6th edition 
  • ACSM's Guidelines for Exercise Testing and Prescription, 11th edition
  • ACSM Certification Review, 6th edition


Course Information

This course is only open to W&M students. The course will be filled on a first-come, first-serve basis and is based on each student's application. We want to make sure that students accepted into the course are truly interested in becoming certified as personal trainers after completion of the course and will be committed to completing the course. Those students who are not interested in employment with W&M Campus Recreation or who are seniors could be placed on a waiting list.

There is a cost of $40.00 that covers course costs, including a CPR/AED certification. All participants will receive a link to an online store through Wolters Kluwer, where they can purchase ACSM text books at a 30% discount. The total cost for text books is about $130.00. 

What is involved in this program?

1. All areas of personal training will be taught from basic anatomy, kinesiology, physiology and nutrition to program design, fitness assessment, injury prevention and first aid, basics of behavior change, health psychology, and legal guidelines and professional responsibilities.

2. All members of the course will get practical experience in the weight room as well as with program design and fitness assessment.

What happens at the end of the program?

At the end of the spring semester, all members of the training course will be prepared to take ACSM's Certified Personal Trainer Exam. Participants will be evaluated practically and will take an in-house written exam. Participants must pass both the practical evaluations and the written exam in order to pass the course and receive a certificate.

How do I gain employment as a Personal Trainer for W&M Campus Recreation?

The Personal Training Course in mandatory for all W&M Campus Rec Personal Trainers, whether they take it before or after coming on staff. Personal Trainer hiring takes place every fall and those students hired go through the training course in the spring. If more Trainers are needed after the fall hiring, a smaller spring hiring will be organized, open only to the students currently in the Personal Training Course. 

Check out the ACSM website for more information about their national certifications and training materials.

For more information please contact at [[jvrueh, Jenny Dunfee]] or (757) 221-3313.