Become a Trainer or Instructor

Become a UTSA Group Exercise Instructor


Step 1: Sign up for our Group Fitness Instructor Training (GFIT) course online

GFIT is a FREE 12-hour training course dedicated to teaching you the basic skills needed to become an instructor at UTSA Campus Rec through hands on experience and lecture. Over the course of 4 Sundays you will learn how to teach a variety of formats as well as prepare for Group Exercise Instructor Auditions. For more information, e-mail Alessandra Sanchez, Program Coordinator for Group Exercise at

Spring 2022 Training
February 20 - April 24
Twice a week on days TBD
6:00 - 8:00PM

Attendance of all classes is HIGHLY encouraged.


Step 2: Apply for the UTSA Group Exercise Instructor position.


Step 3: Audition to become a UTSA Group Exercise Instructor

Auditions will be held on Friday, November 13th. For the audition, you will instruct 12-minute “mini” class of your choice: step, kickboxing, or Pilates. If selected, you will begin a 6-8 week shadowing process in 2 formats of your choice starting at the beginning of the next semester.


Step 4: Obtain your CPR/AED/First Aid certification within 30 days of hire.


Step 5: Obtain Primary Group Exercise Certification from AFAA within 90 days of hire.

 AFAA – Athletics & Fitness Association of America


Become a UTSA Personal Trainer


Step 1: Choose the appropriate certification.

With so many certifications to choose from, the process of becoming a Personal Trainer can feel overwhelming and muddled. Below are lists of common, well respected certifications accepted here at UTSA Campus Recreation.

ACE - American Council of Exercise

ACSM - American College of Sports Medicine

NASM - National Academy of Sports Medicine

NSCA - National Strength & Conditioning Association

Step 2: Study & pass your certification exam

Step 3: Apply for the UTSA Personal Trainer position

Step 4: Obtain your CPR/AED/First Aid certification within 30 days of hire.