Certifications & Workshops

Become a Group Fitness Instructor: ACE Group Fitness Instructor Prep Course

This course is designed to provide theoretical knowledge and practical skills in preparation for a national certification exam in group fitness instruction. At the end of the class you will not have a certification, but will be prepared to take the ACE group fitness exam or another accredited certification.  Also upon course completion, you will have the opportunity to interview for a UC Campus Recreation Group Fitness Instructor position!

Virtual Information Session

Have questions?  Join Autumn Cleverley, Coordinator of Group Fitness, on Monday, June 14 at 6:00 p.m. via Microsoft Teams.  She will give an overview of the course and answer any questions you may have.  Click here to join the session at the above date/time.  You may also e-mail any questions to autumn.cleverley@uc.edu

2021 Class Dates & Times

  • Mondays & Wednesdays
  • June 21, 23, 28, 30 (Virtual - 5:00 - 7:00 p.m.)
  • July 7, 12, 14, 19 (Virtual - 5:00 - 7:00 p.m.)
  • July 21 - (Time TBA) CPR/AED/First Aid Certification (in-person) for those that do not have a current certification


  • This course is open to current or future UC students


  • Individuals who complete the course:
    • Will be able to interview for a student Group Fitness Instructor position at the Campus Recreation Center following course completion.
    • Will be expected to complete an accredited Group Fitness Instructor exam by Dec. 31, 2021 in order to continue teaching.
    • May teach until Dec. 31, 2021 without a national accreditation.
  • Pay is $10.40 - $12.40/hr depending on certification level and years of experience.

Course Completion Requirements

  • Attend at least six out of eight classes.  If missing a class, review the recorded class prior to the end of the course.
  • If not certified, attend and pass the CPR/AED/First Aid for Professional Rescuers course on July 21, 2021.

How to Register

  1. Login to UC Campus Recreation's MyMemberServices portal.
    1. If you have not logged in before, please reference our instructions for first time signup.
  2. Select Program Registration.
  3. Select Fitness.
  4. Under ACE Prep Course, select View Programs.
  5. Select Add to Cart.
  6. Your name should have a check mark next to it.  Select Continue to Cart.
  7. Fill out payment information and select Submit Payment.