Upcoming Certifications and Workshops


If you'd like to become certified,
please view links at the bottom of the webpage.

The following are nearby certification trainings and workshops. This list is not all-inclusive: Please review the description section below and visit the organization's website for other locations and specific details about the certification. The instructor is responsible for covering the cost to certify and maintain their certification.  

You may also get a general Group Fitness Certification through self-study, online preparation, or offered through KU Recreation Services. Having a Group Fitness Certification generally allows an instructor to teach more than one type of class without having to get multiple specialty certifications. Note: Attending a workshop or earning a certification does not guarantee hire. For more information email kufit@ku.edu.

To review the job description or apply to be a KU Fit instructor, please click here.  If you apply, please email kufit@ku.edu.

Offered at Ambler Student Recreation Fitness Center (ASRFC)

Offered locally or nearby states​​

Self-Study Certifications 


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American Council on Exercise

The American Council on Exercise (ACE) offers NCCA accredited certifications including one to lead group fitness classes. These programs give a knowledge base of exercise science that allow you to understand how and why we move, leading you to properly program and design classes. For more information on the organization and study programs, click here.

Athletics and Fitness Association of America

Athletics and Fitness Association of America (AFAA) Group Ex Instructor Certification teaches how to “design, choreograph, and teach a class.” This program gives you the basics of instructing your own class and being knowledgeable about exercise and movement. For more information on the organization and study programs, click here.

Les Mills BodyPump

To find a training or to register for a 2-day training, click here.

BodyPump Certification requires attending a 2-day training on Saturday from 8:00 am-6:00 pm and Sunday from 8:00 am-6:00 pm.  100% participation is required.  No late arrivals or early departures.  To register now, click here

Certification Training Cost: $290, no refunds. Includes DVD of the workout, CD with the music, choreography notes of the workout.

 SPECIAL NOTE: Your music and choreography will be mailed, and your tracks assignments emailed approximately 14 days before the training.  You must memorize your tracks 100% prior to the training.

Registration: To register for the 2-day training, click here and create an instructor portal account.

  • Make an instructor account
  • Make sure to sign the online agreement prior to registering for an event
  • Enter billing information under Account Settings tab
  • Find training under Events tab using the map tool
    • Look for the training
    • Follow directions to register*
  • If already a Les Mills instructor:
    • Go to www.lesmills.com
    • Log into instructor Account and register under the Events tab
NETA Certifications
NETA offers several specialty certifications including indoor group cycling, kettlebell, Pilates Mat, Yoga, Sculpt Yoga, and Barre.  Click here to learn more about a certification, fees, length of training (1- or 2-day), materials for training, CEC's and more.

To find a training or register for a training, click here.

Attend a 1-day, 8-hour training.

Cost: $249

CEC's awarded with this course: 0.7 ACE, 8 AFAA, 0.7 NASM, 4 canfitpro


To find a training or register for a training, click here.

Attend a 1-day, 8-hour POUND Pro Training.

Cost: Early bird $249, regular $289, day of $315. Includes the official POUND Pro Training Guide, 8 complete tracks of choreography, 1-month FREE access to The Label, POUND's online instructor network, certificate of completion, a set of Ripstix, and the permission to rock!

CEC's awarded with this course: 0.8 ACE, 7 AFAA, 3 canfitpro, 7 NASM


To find a training or register for a training, click here.

Attend a 1-day, 8-hour training.

Cost: $355. Includes online certification exam, printed course manual, digital study guide, education support, full day training with a Spinning Master Instructor, and downloadable certificate of completion.

CEC's awarded with this course: ACE, NASM, AFAA


To find a training or register for a training, click here.

Attend a 1-day, 8-hour training (some courses have prerequisites).

Ambler Student Recreation Fitness Center does not have Rip Training equipment.

Cost: $295 non-refundable. Includes comprehensive digital TRX course manual, product discounts, invitation to join the TRX directory

CEC's awarded with this course: 0.8 ACE CEC's, 0.8 NASM, 8 AFAA, 0.7 NSCA, 4 canfitpro


To find a training or register for a training, click here.

Attend a 1-day, 8 hour training Zumba Basic 1 training.

Cost: Depends on registration date.  Includes Basic Steps Level 1 review DVD, Basic Steps Level 1 mash-up DVD and CD, Rush DVD, Basic 1 electronic instructor manual, certificate of completion

CEC's awarded with this course: ACE, AFAA


Please research the certifications carefully to fully understand all of the conditions and requirements.

CEC's = continuing education credits (the credits count towards a certification that you already have)

The American College of Sports Medicine (ACSM) accepts ACE CEC's

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