Become a VCU Rec Sports Instructor or Personal Trainer

Want to take one of our ACE Prep Courses? Fill out this interest form to get more detailed information. 

To apply for either course you must attend our interest meeting on August 30 from 7:00 - 8:00 p.m. in the Cary Street Gym Wet Classroom. 


ACE Group Exercise Instructor Prep Course

The Group Exercise Instructor Prep Course is instructed by a certified group exercise instructor. This course teaches you the skills and knowledge necessary to lead group exercise classes. The Group Exercise Instructor candidate will learn the fundamentals of anatomy, exercise science and group fitness instruction in a structured and supportive setting. The individual will also gain experience in public speaking, group leadership, and professional conduct. Exam fees and study materials are reduced for those who participate in the preparation course.

This course does not include the exam for certification. Participation in the course allows for a discounted rate for the ACE Group Fitness Instructor Certification Exam. Registration for the exam is completed through ACE (The American Council on Exercise). Upon successful completion of the course, you may interview for employment with VCU Recreational Sports.

Dates: September 10 - November 17

Time: tentatively 2:00-3:15 p.m. on Mon/Wed with a possibility of it changing to Tue/Thur. 

Course only available for current VCU students.

Questions? Please email groupexprgm@vcu.edu.


ACE Personal Trainer Prep Course

The ACE Personal Trainer Prep Course is instructed by Certified Personal Trainers with experience in the field. Throughout the 8-week course, you will learn the skills and knowledge necessary to pass the ACE exam and go on to successfully train clients. By taking this course you will feel better equipped to motivate, challenge and retain clients for the long term. The instructors will provide the opportunity to physically demonstrate the techniques and principles of the ACE Personal Trainer curriculum, enhancing your memory and understanding of the philosophies and methods of Personal Training.

This course does not include the exam for certification. Participation in the course includes the textbooks. Registration for the exam is completed through ACE (The American Council on Exercise).

Dates:  September 10 - November 9 

Time: Tue/Thur 9:00-11:00 a.m. 

Course only available for current VCU students.  

Register online by clicking the link above. Questions? Please email fitness@vcu.edu