UREC Training & Certification programs offer over 75 non-credit activities per year including multiple-week classes and one-day workshops in a variety of disciplines. Training and Certification programs differ from traditional sports programming and often vary in type, size, and duration.

Expand your horizons and become certified in first aid, CPR, lifeguarding, or prepare to be a personal trainer, fitness instructor, adventure facilitator, challenge facilitator, or climbing wall supervisor. 

Training and Certification Classes Offered:

  • ACE Personal Training Prep:

    These courses are designed to give students the knowledge and understanding necessary to prepare for the ACE Personal Trainer Certification Exam or the ACE Group Fitness Instructor Exam.

    Achieve the highest-quality education in Personal Training

    The ACE Personal Trainer Study Program provides the most current, highest quality education available. You will learn the latest evidence-based exercise science fundamentals, principles of behavior change and client-centered methodologies you can apply from the start.

    Master the material with the most advanced learning experience

    The ACE Personal Trainer Study Program is delivered in a multimodal learning platform designed to fit your learning style and pace. With interactive digital learning, updated textbook, on-demand support and real-world application, you will be more than prepared to get certified and launch your career.

    Earn the most trusted credential backed by the NCCA

    Get the attention of potential employers with a certification from a program accredited by the National Commission for Certifying Agencies (NCCA), the gold standard for certification program accreditation in fitness and health. Become part of a team of more than 90,000 ACE Certified Professionals committed to getting people moving.

  • Challenge Facilitator:

    We offer two types of training through the challenge program. Both are for the Challenge Course Practitioner, Level 1 (CCP1). 

    The Challenge Course Practitioner, Level 1 (CCP1) - Low only

    20-hour training includes experiential education theory, facilitation practice, and lots of activities to do with your groups.
    Sponsorships are available for prospective University Recreation staff members

    The Challenge Course Practitioner, Level 1 (CCP1) - Low/High 

    40-hour training includes all subjects from low only training, as well as inspecting, belaying, and running high elements.
    Sponsorships are available for prospective University Recreation staff members

    Details

    The training runs congruently and follows the standards as set by the Association for Challenge Course Technology (ACCT). They are designed for the beginner facilitator and cover frontloading, debriefing, and sequencing of activities. The technical skills covered in this training include spotting, belaying, access climbing, and gear inspections. At the end of the training, you will have a wide repertoire of activities that you can lead on or off the challenge course. The last day of the course includes testing. Participants who successfully complete the training and testing will be offered a certificate of completion. This training is not a guarantee for employment with the UREC Challenge Program but is required to be hired.

    Disclaimer: This training offers a WSU-wide qualification rather than a certification. Ropes course managers taking this course will not be provided with a certification in CCP1, as WSU is not a Professional Vendor Member through ACCT.  

    Potential University Recreation Employment Opportunities:

    If you are interested in working for UREC as a Facilitator or wanting the experience for professional/leadership development, please submit a resume, trip log/outline of outdoor experience, and cover letter to kelsey.gump@wsu.edu. We will then review the application material and send the registration link to those who are selected. Participation in the course does not guarantee employmen

  • First Aid/CPR/AED:

    Help save a life! Learn the skills necessary to recognize and respond to emergency situations until emergency services arrive. Class will include hands-on practice and instruction to ensure confidence in a real world setting. 

  • Fitness Instructor:

    Are you interested in becoming a UREC Group Fitness Instructor? If so, our Fitness Instructor Training (FIT) course is your first step to teaching group classes and inspiring active, healthy living.

    Our FIT course is a combination of lecture and practical application that will cover the basics of group exercise instruction including anatomy, physiology, kinesiology, exercise selection, choreography, injury prevention, cueing, and much, much more!

  • Lifeguard and Safety Training for Swim Coaches Certification:

    Let the UREC Aquatic staff help you accomplish your goals of obtaining a variety of certifications.   

    Learn how to effectively prevent and respond to water emergencies with the American Red Cross lifeguard training. Our courses are designed to arm you with the skills and knowledge to prepare you for a variety of scenarios in and around the water. With our lifeguard training, you will learn how quick response times and effective preparation are vital to being a lifeguard while also understanding the crucial elements in helping to prevent drownings and injuries.

  • Backcountry Travel and Leadership:

    If you’re an outdoor enthusiast interested in developing your outdoor leadership skills, this course is for you. During this multi-day, professionally instructed and administered course, participants will embark on a season-specific backcountry adventure where they will learn the skills necessary to safely and successfully facilitate outdoor activities.

  • Climbing Wall Instructor Course:

    Learn to be a climbing wall instructor! Want to take your climbing experience to the next level and start applying it professionally? This is the course for you!

  • Wilderness First Aid:

    Come learn Wilderness First Aid instructed by the Wilderness Medical Institute (WMI). This course features hands- on curriculum focusing on real world application/scenarios to better prepare you for your outdoor adventures.

Current Offerings (registration is open)

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Adult First Aid/CPR/AED - Blended Learning (Online/In-Person)

SRC Member: $60.00 Chinook Member: $60.00 Non-Member: $66.00
Item ID: 187141

Schedule: Fri 10:00 AM - 12:00 PM Location: Student Recreation Center Room 144 (Classroom)

Registration: Monday, November 1, 2021 - Wednesday, January 26, 2022

Open Spots: 7
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Class Dates: Friday, January 28, 2022

Learn to save a life! American Red Cross safety education classes will prepare you for emergencies. This training covers First Aid, Cardiopulmonary Resuscitation (CPR), and Automated External Defibrillator (AED) for workplace, schools, and community. The First Aid/CPR/AED certification is valid for 2 years from the date of completion. We are excited to be able to offer this course in a blended learning format. The course will have online and in-person components. The online portion of this course typically takes about 2 hours and 5 minutes to complete. However, stable internet connection, quality of the computer being used, previous knowledge of the material, etc. can all play a role in the amount of time it takes to complete the content.

Adult First Aid/CPR/AED - Blended Learning (Online/In-Person)

SRC Member: $60.00 Chinook Member: $60.00 Non-Member: $66.00
Item ID: 187142

Schedule: Fri 10:00 AM - 12:00 PM Location: Student Recreation Center Room 144 (Classroom)

Registration: Monday, November 1, 2021 - Wednesday, February 9, 2022

Open Spots: 14
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Class Dates: Friday, February 11, 2022

Learn to save a life! American Red Cross safety education classes will prepare you for emergencies. This training covers First Aid, Cardiopulmonary Resuscitation (CPR), and Automated External Defibrillator (AED) for workplace, schools, and community. The First Aid/CPR/AED certification is valid for 2 years from the date of completion. We are excited to be able to offer this course in a blended learning format. The course will have online and in-person components. The online portion of this course typically takes about 2 hours and 5 minutes to complete. However, stable internet connection, quality of the computer being used, previous knowledge of the material, etc. can all play a role in the amount of time it takes to complete the content.

Adult First Aid/CPR/AED - Blended Learning (Online/In-Person)

SRC Member: $60.00 Chinook Member: $60.00 Non-Member: $66.00
Item ID: 187143

Schedule: Fri 10:00 AM - 12:00 PM Location: Student Recreation Center Room 144 (Classroom)

Registration: Monday, November 1, 2021 - Wednesday, March 9, 2022

Open Spots: 15
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Class Dates: Friday, March 11, 2022

Learn to save a life! American Red Cross safety education classes will prepare you for emergencies. This training covers First Aid, Cardiopulmonary Resuscitation (CPR), and Automated External Defibrillator (AED) for workplace, schools, and community. The First Aid/CPR/AED certification is valid for 2 years from the date of completion. We are excited to be able to offer this course in a blended learning format. The course will have online and in-person components. The online portion of this course typically takes about 2 hours and 5 minutes to complete. However, stable internet connection, quality of the computer being used, previous knowledge of the material, etc. can all play a role in the amount of time it takes to complete the content.

Adult First Aid/CPR/AED - Blended Learning (Online/In-Person)

SRC Member: $60.00 Chinook Member: $60.00 Non-Member: $66.00
Item ID: 187144

Schedule: Fri 10:00 AM - 12:00 PM Location: Student Recreation Center Room 144 (Classroom)

Registration: Monday, November 1, 2021 - Wednesday, April 13, 2022

Open Spots: 16
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Class Dates: Friday, April 15, 2022

Learn to save a life! American Red Cross safety education classes will prepare you for emergencies. This training covers First Aid, Cardiopulmonary Resuscitation (CPR), and Automated External Defibrillator (AED) for workplace, schools, and community. The First Aid/CPR/AED certification is valid for 2 years from the date of completion. We are excited to be able to offer this course in a blended learning format. The course will have online and in-person components. The online portion of this course typically takes about 2 hours and 5 minutes to complete. However, stable internet connection, quality of the computer being used, previous knowledge of the material, etc. can all play a role in the amount of time it takes to complete the content.

Adult and Pediatric First Aid/CPR/AED - Blended Learning (Online/In-Person)

SRC Member: $66.00 Chinook Member: $66.00 Non-Member: $76.00
Item ID: 187146

Schedule: Sat 10:00 AM - 12:00 PM Location: Student Recreation Center Room 144 (Classroom)

Registration: Monday, November 1, 2021 - Thursday, January 27, 2022

Open Spots: 15
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Class Dates: Saturday, January 29, 2022

Learn to save a life! American Red Cross safety education classes will prepare you for emergencies. This training covers First Aid, Cardiopulmonary Resuscitation (CPR), and Automated External Defibrillator (AED) for workplace, schools, and community. The First Aid/CPR/AED certification is valid for 2 years from the date of completion. We are excited to be able to offer this course in a blended learning format. The course will have online and in-person components. The online portion of this course typically takes about 2 hours and 5 minutes to complete. However, stable internet connection, quality of the computer being used, previous knowledge of the material, etc. can all play a role in the amount of time it takes to complete the content.

Adult and Pediatric First Aid/CPR/AED - Blended Learning (Online/In-Person)

SRC Member: $66.00 Chinook Member: $66.00 Non-Member: $76.00
Item ID: 187147

Schedule: Sat 10:00 AM - 12:00 PM Location: Student Recreation Center Room 144 (Classroom)

Registration: Monday, November 1, 2021 - Thursday, February 10, 2022

Open Spots: 16
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Class Dates: Saturday, February 12, 2022

Learn to save a life! American Red Cross safety education classes will prepare you for emergencies. This training covers First Aid, Cardiopulmonary Resuscitation (CPR), and Automated External Defibrillator (AED) for workplace, schools, and community. The First Aid/CPR/AED certification is valid for 2 years from the date of completion. We are excited to be able to offer this course in a blended learning format. The course will have online and in-person components. The online portion of this course typically takes about 2 hours and 5 minutes to complete. However, stable internet connection, quality of the computer being used, previous knowledge of the material, etc. can all play a role in the amount of time it takes to complete the content.

Adult and Pediatric First Aid/CPR/AED - Blended Learning (Online/In-Person)

SRC Member: $66.00 Chinook Member: $66.00 Non-Member: $76.00
Item ID: 187148

Schedule: Sat 10:00 AM - 12:00 PM Location: Student Recreation Center Room 144 (Classroom)

Registration: Monday, November 1, 2021 - Thursday, March 10, 2022

Open Spots: 15
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Class Dates: Saturday, March 12, 2022

Learn to save a life! American Red Cross safety education classes will prepare you for emergencies. This training covers First Aid, Cardiopulmonary Resuscitation (CPR), and Automated External Defibrillator (AED) for workplace, schools, and community. The First Aid/CPR/AED certification is valid for 2 years from the date of completion. We are excited to be able to offer this course in a blended learning format. The course will have online and in-person components. The online portion of this course typically takes about 2 hours and 5 minutes to complete. However, stable internet connection, quality of the computer being used, previous knowledge of the material, etc. can all play a role in the amount of time it takes to complete the content.

Adult and Pediatric First Aid/CPR/AED - Blended Learning (Online/In-Person)

SRC Member: $66.00 Chinook Member: $66.00 Non-Member: $76.00
Item ID: 187149

Schedule: Sat 10:00 AM - 12:00 PM Location: Student Recreation Center Room 144 (Classroom)

Registration: Monday, November 1, 2021 - Thursday, April 21, 2022

Open Spots: 16
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Class Dates: Saturday, April 23, 2022

Learn to save a life! American Red Cross safety education classes will prepare you for emergencies. This training covers First Aid, Cardiopulmonary Resuscitation (CPR), and Automated External Defibrillator (AED) for workplace, schools, and community. The First Aid/CPR/AED certification is valid for 2 years from the date of completion. We are excited to be able to offer this course in a blended learning format. The course will have online and in-person components. The online portion of this course typically takes about 2 hours and 5 minutes to complete. However, stable internet connection, quality of the computer being used, previous knowledge of the material, etc. can all play a role in the amount of time it takes to complete the content.

UREC Fitness Instructor Training (FIT): 2-Day Course

SRC Member: $0.00 Chinook Member: $0.00
Item ID: 187418

Schedule: Sat Sun 9:00 AM - 5:00 PM Location: Student Recreation Center Room 256

Registration: Monday, December 6, 2021 - Friday, February 25, 2022

Open Spots: 9
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Class Dates: Saturday, February 26, 2022 - Sunday, February 27, 2022

Instructor(s): JJ M. (he/him)Holly C. (she/her)

We will learn the basics of group fitness instruction with UREC's Fitness Instructor Training (FIT) Course, which is required to work for UREC as an instructor. After successfully completing the FIT Course and subsequent format training and apprenticeship process, participants can audition to lead group fitness classes for UREC. Please note that completion of this course does not guarantee employment.

UREC In-House Yoga Training

SRC Member: $0.00 Chinook Member: $0.00
Item ID: 187420

Schedule: Tue Th 6:30 PM - 9:30 PM Location: Chinook Recreation Center Chinook 22

Registration: Monday, December 6, 2021 - Monday, February 28, 2022

Open Spots: 8
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Class Dates: Tuesday, March 1, 2022 - Thursday, March 10, 2022

Instructor(s): Joanne G. (she/her)

This UREC in-house training focuses on YOGA, which will allow students to use proper terminology and adapt a skills set necessary to execute and teach yoga poses and flow sequences with accuracy. While this UREC in-house training is part of the Fitness Instructor Training process, no commitment to teach for UREC is required to participate. Everyone is welcome to learn body mechanics and technique that can enhance individual routines and education.

UREC In-House Kickboxing Training

SRC Member: $0.00 Chinook Member: $0.00
Item ID: 187421

Schedule: Sat 12:00 PM - 3:00 PM Location: Student Recreation Center Room 256

Registration: Monday, December 6, 2021 - Friday, January 28, 2022

Open Spots: 9
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Class Dates: Saturday, January 29, 2022

Instructor(s): Jess W. (she/her)

This UREC in-house training focuses on KICKBOXING, which will allow students to use proper terminology and adapt a skills set necessary to execute and teach kicks and punches with accuracy. While this UREC in-house training is part of the Fitness Instructor Training process, no commitment to teach for UREC is required to participate. Everyone is welcome to learn body mechanics and technique that can enhance individual routines and education.

UREC In-House Kickboxing Training

SRC Member: $0.00 Chinook Member: $0.00
Item ID: 187422

Schedule: Sat 12:00 PM - 3:00 PM Location: Student Recreation Center Room 256

Registration: Monday, December 6, 2021 - Friday, March 4, 2022

Open Spots: 10
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Class Dates: Saturday, March 5, 2022

Instructor(s): Jess W. (she/her)

This UREC in-house training focuses on KICKBOXING, which will allow students to use proper terminology and adapt a skills set necessary to execute and teach kicks and punches with accuracy. While this UREC in-house training is part of the Fitness Instructor Training process, no commitment to teach for UREC is required to participate. Everyone is welcome to learn body mechanics and technique that can enhance individual routines and education.

UREC In-House Spin & Coug Cycle Training

SRC Member: $0.00 Chinook Member: $0.00
Item ID: 187424

Schedule: Sat 10:00 AM - 3:00 PM Location: Student Recreation Center Room 252

Registration: Monday, December 6, 2021 - Friday, March 4, 2022

Open Spots: 8
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Class Dates: Saturday, March 5, 2022

Instructor(s): Holly C. (she/her)

This UREC in-house training focuses on SPIN & COUG CYCLE, which will allow students to use proper terminology and adapt a skills set necessary to execute and teach indoor cycling with accuracy. While this UREC in-house training is part of the Fitness Instructor Training process, no commitment to teach for UREC is required to participate. Everyone is welcome to learn body mechanics and technique that can enhance individual routines and education.

UREC In-House Instructional Dance Training

SRC Member: $0.00 Chinook Member: $0.00
Item ID: 187425

Schedule: Sat 9:00 AM - 2:00 PM Location: Student Recreation Center Room 245

Registration: Monday, December 6, 2021 - Friday, January 28, 2022

Open Spots: 9
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Class Dates: Saturday, January 29, 2022

Instructor(s): JJ M. (he/him)

This UREC in-house training focuses on INSTRUCTIONAL DANCE, which will allow students to use proper terminology and adapt a skills set necessary to execute and teach choreography with accuracy. While this UREC in-house training is part of the Fitness Instructor Training process, no commitment to teach for UREC is required to participate. Everyone is welcome to learn body mechanics and technique that can enhance individual routines and education.

UREC In-House Instructional Dance Training

SRC Member: $0.00 Chinook Member: $0.00
Item ID: 187426

Schedule: Sat 10:00 AM - 3:00 PM Location: Student Recreation Center Room 245

Registration: Monday, December 6, 2021 - Friday, February 18, 2022

Open Spots: 10
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Class Dates: Saturday, February 19, 2022

Instructor(s): JJ M. (he/him)

This UREC in-house training focuses on INSTRUCTIONAL DANCE, which will allow students to use proper terminology and adapt a skills set necessary to execute and teach choreography with accuracy. While this UREC in-house training is part of the Fitness Instructor Training process, no commitment to teach for UREC is required to participate. Everyone is welcome to learn body mechanics and technique that can enhance individual routines and education.

UREC In-House Pole Fit Training

SRC Member: $0.00 Chinook Member: $0.00
Item ID: 187427

Schedule: Sun 9:00 AM - 2:00 PM Location: Chinook Recreation Center Chinook 30

Registration: Monday, December 6, 2021 - Friday, March 4, 2022

Open Spots: 10
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Class Dates: Saturday, March 5, 2022

Instructor(s): Mak Murphy (she/they)Madi F. (she/her)

This UREC in-house training focuses on POLE FIT, which will allow students to use proper terminology and adapt a skills set necessary to execute and teach movements with accuracy. While this UREC in-house training is part of the Fitness Instructor Training process, no commitment to teach for UREC is required to participate. Everyone is welcome to learn body mechanics and technique that can enhance individual routines and education.

Group Fitness Workshop: Posture & Alignment Issues

SRC Member: $0.00 Chinook Member: $0.00 Non-Member: $0.00
Item ID: 187428

Schedule: Sat 2:00 PM - 3:00 PM Location: Online Class /Seminar Online

Registration: Monday, December 13, 2021 - Friday, January 28, 2022


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Class Dates: Saturday, January 29, 2022

Instructor(s): Nathan W. (he/him)

In this Group Fitness Instructor Workshop, we will discuss common postural imbalances we may encounter as instructors as well as provide effective cues and strategies for keeping patrons in good alignment, posture, and comfort during classes.