World Instructor Training School


wits-logoSince its inception in 1993, the World Instructor Training Schools (W.I.T.S.) has raised the bar for certification. Rather than just written tests, workforce standards were developed and correlated with LIVE hands on training to mirror established medical and health profession board exams. The 6 & 9 week format allows students to learn and practice, which prepares graduates to successfully execute operational essentials to help clients be their best with the lifestyle changes they need.

W.I.T.S. offers programs at hundreds of colleges and universities across the country and is a recognized education provider by the American Council on Education (ACE) and used by athletic trainers, occupational therapists, massage therapists and corporations.

W.I.T.S. rejects the fitness industry’s traditional problematic home study and weekend crash certifications. Our curriculum has been developed and updated by education and fitness industry leaders and is taught by experienced instructors with education and fitness backgrounds and credentials. We hire the best professionals who will facilitate learning and communicate their passion for making a living helping others.

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MFN professional members receive a $75 rebate on any career live certification at one of our W.I.T.S. colleges. All professional development online sales, fitness management and social media marketing courses will have a 20% discount at their online store. (Excludes Hybrid Personal Trainer Certification.)


Jay Del Vecchio, the founder of W.I.T.S., has been an advocate for establishing national standards for the health and fitness training industry since the early 1980’s. As a manager for Holiday Health and Fitness, now known as Bally’s, Jay’s primary frustration was the incompetence of most professional trainers, which tarnished the image of the industry as a whole.

To become certified in the self regulated industry during the 80’s and even currently, would take minimal investment of both money and time. A typical certification process was one of memorizing answers to a written test without any practical application theory or internship. The process was usually completed after only a few hours of class time and self-study.

In 1983 Jay established his own health and fitness center in Virginia Beach, Virginia which is now the home of World Instructor Training Schools. Still frustrated with the inadequate training of prospective employees Del Vecchio began establishing his own internal standards and training programs. In 1989 in conjunction with faculty teaching at Old Dominion University, well respected for their Health and Physical Education Department, a curriculum was created that incorporated classroom participation, practical theory application, lengthy internship under professional supervision and credited testing. Now known as the W.I.T.S. certification, the class exceeds 60 hours of total commitment, not including self-study. This new certification process in conjunction with overwhelming industry demand lead to the establishment of W.I.T.S. in 1993.

As CEO, Del Vecchio aspired to bring credibility to his company and to the fitness training industry nationwide. His innovative certification has indeed established new industry standards. The curriculum has been approved by The American Council of Education for college credits, The International Association of Continuing Education, The American Occupational Therapists Association and Board of Certification for athletic trainers. The company maintains its leadership role within the industry by participating in numerous nationwide organizations.

The class is taught at hundreds of universities, colleges, community colleges and technical schools across the country. W.I.T.S. certifies thousands of students and fitness professionals every year and is an intricate training partner with Bally’s Total Fitness, LA Fitness, Gold’s Gym, TSI clubs and many more across the US.

Finally, a W.I.T.S. graduate is a commodity within the fitness community. The company assists its graduates throughout the country by filling job requests we receive from fitness organizations. In an industry that still needs qualified professionals and credible standards, it is our goal to continue to expand and improve in order meet the needs of our profession.



Join us and become a nationally certified personal trainer. W.I.T.S. offers one of the hottest health occupations in the best environment possible, your area college!! Take on a career that you can be proud of while earning a great living as a certified personal trainer. The fitness industry data confirms a big shortage in the personal trainer field. What that means is that you have a great opportunity to be on the front lines of our obesity health issues and make a difference. Change your life today, make a good living ($34 an hour, national average) and feel great helping others! Employers of all sizes are in great need of quality certified personal trainers. Learn more…

There is also an online hybrid of this course available.

Experience a group exercise course like no other! Nine weeks of intensive training will help you to develop skills for leading a group of exercisers. The program will include lecture that encompasses learning key aspects of the human body and the effects of exercise. The live hands on practical lab demonstrations will bring to life the qualities of a good safe group exercise leader. All aspects of leading a group exercise course are highlighted with interactive participation. Passing this group exercise course will provide students with a national group exercise certification and skill set for employment in private & public fitness centers. The written and practical exams are included in this course on the 9th week. A required internship will help you network into one of the biggest growing departments of the fitness industry. Learn more…

There is also an online hybrid of this course available.

This 24-hour certification class is for health and fitness professionals wanting to gain knowledge, training, and competency to assess fitness levels, design fitness programs and provide motivating exercise instruction for older adults. Learn more…

Students who successfully complete this course will be able to:

  • Identify the key age-related changes in physiology and fitness levels
  • Demonstrate safe and effective exercises for older adults
  • Perform fitness assessments for older adults
  • Design exercise prescriptions for older adults
  • Market exercise programs to older adults

There is also an online hybrid of this course available.

Since 1980, obesity prevalence among children and adolescents has almost tripled. Physical education programs are getting cut from school budgets and young people, more than ever, are in need of structured, supervised exercise and fitness programs. This nationally recognized certification course includes – 9 hours of classroom education (offered live and online), 9 hours of hands-on practical training, and written and practical testing (4 hours total for testing). Students who successfully complete this course will receive their Youth Fitness Certification, and have the knowledge, skills, and tools needed to design effective and appropriate age (7-11yrs, 11-14 yrs, 14-18 yrs) programs for a growing market. Learn more…
The most successful fitness professionals know that their clients’ success depends on making significant lifestyle and behavior change. It’s not enough to create an exercise program, but you must also develop a relationship based on trust, understanding, and respect, in which you are able to communicate, motivate, and support your client towards reaching their goals. This class will help you develop the skills to do just that, to be more effective as a personal trainer, and most importantly, to help your clients achieve their fitness and lifestyle goals. This interactive course IS LIKE NO OTHER. LFC includes 9 hours of instruction and testing; and will teach you the skills of successful coaching and allow you to practice and build confidence in your coaching relationships. Learn more…
The online series helps enlighten serious fitness professionals on what and how to succeed in preparing for the management of a department or an entire club operation. The history of the industry is covered all the way up to the future for consideration and for planning for your boss or your own facility dreams. Learn how to set up a budget, hire, present meetings, construction costs, facility maintenance and much more. A final project will help graduates learn how and what to consider when being promoted or leading a meeting of your peers on a special topic. This fantastic book below is the basis of the course and a required text. It lays the foundation to excel as a management leader with special emphasis on “HOW TO” for someone who has never had any formal business schooling. Help yourself get to the next level and leap past others in your health club to management status! Learn more…

W.I.T.S. now offers digital badges for select courses and credentials. Digital Badges are important because they show potential employers, clients, and colleagues how invested you are in your education and your profession. It is also a vital tool in verifying certifications or other specialty skills are kept current. Digital Badges cannot be tampered with or changed other than by the hosting educational organization. By proudly displaying your digital badges in social media venues, you are letting people know that you have successfully completed & maintain the rigorous requirements of a particular course or certification program.

To celebrate the launch of this innovation, W.I.T.S. is awarding digital badges at no extra cost to students who successfully complete the following classes:  Youth Fitness Foundations, Youth Practical Review, Group Exercise Foundations, Group Exercise Practical Review, Personal Trainer Foundations, Personal Trainer Practical Review, Older Adult Fitness Foundations and Practical Review.  We plan to expand this valuable benefit to all courses that meet the International Association for Continuing Education (IACET) standard for continuing education.

Digital Badges are becoming increasingly recognized in most industries and professions.  According to the MacArthur Foundation, use of Digital Badges is expanding nationwide, and over the next three years one million K-12 and college students and one million workers will be able to use Digital Badges to advance their academic progress or further their career goals by being able to demonstrate acquired skills and learning. W.I.T.S. has always been a leader and innovator in the fitness industry; and wants to ensure that our students and graduates continue to acquire valuable training and credentials.

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Please visit the W.I.T.S. website to learn about W.I.T.S. badges and to sign up for badge-earning courses.

Continuing Education and Renewals

The W.I.T.S. Certification is valid for a 2-year period (Expiration date or renewal is your original graduation date). Learn more…

The W.I.T.S. store has pre-approved online courses with home study CEC’s ready to go.

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In addition to certifications the W.I.T.S. store has a wide variety of continuing education courses, including:


WITS offers the following continuing education related to aging, senior fitness, chronic disease, medical condition, and pre or postnatal care:

Exercise Program Design for Special Populations
Lifestyle Fitness Coaching Certification
Older Adult Specialist Certification
Older Adult Fitness Foundations
Pregnancy Fitness

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