Become a Trainer or Instructor

Become a UTSA Group Exercise Instructor

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

Group Fitness Instructor Training (GFIT) is a training course dedicated to teaching you the basic skills needed to become an instructor at UTSA Campus Rec through hands-on experience and lectures.  Over the course of 6 weeks, you will learn how to teach a variety of formats as well as prepare you for the AFAA exam and Group Exercise Auditions.  For more information, email Elizabeth Pavlicek, Program Coordinator for Group Exercise, at

Spring 2024 Training
February 12 - March 25 on Mondays, 4 PM - 6 PM
Attendance of all classes is HIGHLY encouraged.
Register by 2/9/24.

Email Elizabeth to register

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

Step 3: Audition to become a UTSA Group Exercise Instructor

For the audition, you will instruct a 20-minute 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 for 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, becoming a Personal Trainer can feel overwhelming and muddled. Below are lists of common, well-respected certifications accepted at UTSA Campus Recreation. We can pass a $500+ discount to those interested in the NASM certification.

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.

For more information about the NASM discount or any questions about becoming a Personal Trainer, please email Derrick Jenkins.