Certificate Programs

WITS Personal Fitness Trainer Certification

Saturdays 10/3/2015–12/12/2015 (no class 10/31 or 11/28) 9:00am–2:00pm (WHF002-62)
Location: Cape Cod Community College, Life Fitness Center, GR-1, 2240 Iyannough Road, West Barnstable, MA

Cost: $699

The 62-hour personal trainer certification program includes 16 hours of lecture, 16 hours of practical training, and a 30-hour internship.  Topics include: biomechanics and exercise physiology, which for some students may require a significant amount of out of class self-study.  Participants will also learn about fitness testing, equipment usage, and health assessments.  High school diploma or GED is required.  No other pre-requisites required.  Students must obtain Adult CPR & AED certification in order to receive certification.  

The national exam is held on the 9th week of the course.  Upon completion, you will become a WITS Certified Personal Trainer!


Textbook cost including tax & shipping is $93.97.  Students must order textbook through WITS at 888-330-9487 and must complete the reading prior to the first class meeting. Howley, Edward T. and Thompson, Dixie L. 2012. Fitness Professional’s Handbook. 6th Edition.

Click here to access the course syllabus.


Workshop Facilitator Certificate (WGB079-74) *cancelled
Thursdays 10/1/15-10/29/15, 9:00-11:00am
Location: Plymouth Area Chamber of Commerce, 134 Court Street, Plymouth
Cost: $149

In this course students will learn the secrets to engaging their audience be it at a meeting, conducting a workshop or presenting at the office. They will learn how to tap into how people receive information, the characteristics of adult learners and techniques so they don't have to do all the talking. Students will also learn about the different roles a presenter can take, how to conduct activities, how to develop participation, how to give feedback to participants, how to keep your presentation on time and how to ask questions that inspire discussion. During the workshop students will have a chance to practice their skills. At the end of the session, all students will do a short 10 minute presentation from materials presented ahead of time. This practical application will allow students to put what they have learned to work. To register, call 508-362-2131 x4711.

Nonprofit Management Certificate (WPG069-64) *cancelled
Wednesdays, 10/7/2015–12/16/15 from 2:00–5:00pm (no class 11/11)

Location: Hyannis Center, 540 Main Street, Hyannis
Cost: $395

The Nonprofit Management Certificate Program provides participants with an introduction to the business models and professional mores prevalent in the nonprofit field. Designed for volunteer managers, board members, and those transitioning into nonprofit work, this 10-week program explores the challenges faced by these organizations and offers actionable solutions that students can successfully apply to help their organization grow. 

Wedding & Event Planner Certificate (WGB031-65)
Tuesday 9/22/15–11/10/15, 6:00–8:00pm
Location: Hyannis Center, 540 Main Street, Hyannis
Cost: $249

The demand for wedding and event planners on Cape Cod is soaring. This wedding and event planning course teaches the basic fundamentals of planning, orchestrating, and delivering business and social events. From weddings and anniversaries to business and nonprofit events and conferences, this course provides clear and concise formulas for detailing the personal and professional aspects of any social event.

Session I: Fundamentals of Event Planning
This first session of this course reveals how all the pieces in the event planning process fit together to make any size or type of event successful, whether it's for your family or friends, your employer, or your favorite charity. It helps you avoid common pitfalls, embarrassing errors, and costly mistakes. It provides you with a solid educational foundation in event planning that will impress your current boss or future employers. And if you're a very experienced planner just looking for a few ideas, it presents you with exceptional resources you probably didn't know existed and can use in your own business.

Session II: Wedding Planning Professional
The second session of this course is ideally suited to those who are only interested in planning weddings. Tap into both your business side and creative side as you learn how to organize and plan unique weddings that perfectly meet and even exceed your clients’ wishes. Students will start out by learning about their role as a wedding planner and the different components of the wedding planning process. Students interested in taking this session are required to register for the full Wedding & Event Planner Certificate course.

Advanced Social Media Certificate - New program! 
Wednesdays, 9/9/2015–10/28/2015 from 5:00–8:00pm (WIT088-64)
Location: Hyannis Center, 540 Main Street, Hyannis

Cost: $234

Protect Your Brand, Expand Your Reach and Increase Your Marketing Potential

WERC’s Advanced Social Media Certificate Program provides the practical tools and strategies required to successfully navigate social networks, leverage social tools, and capitalize on their powerful word-of-mouth lift. It also offers expert guidance on how to define goals and measure your interactive marketing efforts. This 24-hour certificate program consists of 8 lessons focusing on the following social networks and topics: Facebook, Twitter, LinkedIn, Instagram, Pinterest, and Google Tools and Applications, Blogs, SEO and Strategy.


Successful Small Business Management (WGB075-64)
Tuesdays, 9/15/15–10/20/15, 7:00–9:00 p.m.

Location: Cape Cod Community College, Lecture Hall, 2240 Iyannough Road, West Barnstable
Cost: $130

Planning to start a new business or want to grow an existing one?  This course is a practical guide for business survival, covering:

  • Start-ups
  • Advertising & marketing
  • Sales management
  • Business plans
  • Bank loans
  • Insurance
  • Bookkeeping
  • e-Commerce

Adobe Graphic Design & Digital Media Certificate (WIT098-74)
Thursdays 9/17/15–12/17/15, 6:00–9:00pm (no class 9/24 & 11/26)
Location: Plymouth North High School, Room 333, 41 Obery Street, Plymouth
Cost: $438

WERC's Adobe Series gives students the tools and techniques needed to enhance images and design professional print materials. Enroll in all three courses (Photoshop, Illustrator and InDesign) and save $69! All three courses must be completed to receive the certificate. Learn more. To register, call 508-362-2131 x4711.


Nonprofit Grant Writing Certificate Series (WPG127-65)

Thursdays 10/22/15–11/12/15, 3:00–6:00pm
Location: Hyannis Center, 540 Main Street, Hyannis
Cost: $199

This is an invigorating and informative course that will equip you with the skills and tools you need to enter the exciting field of grant writing! You'll learn how to raise needed funds by discovering how and where to look for potential funders who are a good match for your organization. You'll also learn how to network and develop true partnerships with a variety of funders, how to organize a successful grant writing campaign, and how to put together a complete proposal package.


Customer Service Fundamentals Certificate (WGB019-63)
Mondays 10/26/15–11/30/15, 6:00–9:00pm
Location: Hyannis Center, 540 Main Street, Hyannis
Cost: $295

Learn to master internal and external customer relations in this course designed to enhance communication skills in today's difficult marketplace. Diffusing conflict, saving face, and managing difficult customers are highlighted, as well as practical, effective communication and negotiation techniques. This interactive, hands-on course also develops team building and will help any employee and business entrepreneur learn life-long customer relation skills.


Cultivating Your Management Skills Certificate (WPG138-64)

Wednesdays 9/16/15–12/9/15, times vary (no class 11/11)
Location: Hyannis Center, 540 Main Street, Hyannis
Cost: $459

Whether you are in senior management or have been recently promoted to a supervisory or management position, improving your business management skills should be a top priority. Learn to bring people together and motivate employees to be high-performers. Master the critical concepts you need to plan, implement, control and close any type of project. Manage your time so that you can deal with the constant demands of a managerial job and increase productivity. This three-part series will help you hone your leadership abilities and produce greater results regardless of the size of your company or organization. Learn more!

Social Media Manager Certificate (WIT119-74)
Tuesdays 10/27/15 - 11/17/15, 1:00-4:00pm
Location: Plymouth Area Chamber of Commerce, 134 Court Street, Plymouth
Cost: $199

The Social Media Manger Certification is a hands on application course designed to give the participants a solid working knowledge of how to build and execute a social media strategy. In this course, we will discuss how to set social media goals, how to choose social media platforms, how to use tools to plan and schedule campaigns, and how to manage your time. Participants will have the opportunity to build and implement a short term plan. Knowledge of social media platforms is required for this course. To register, call 508-362-2131 x4711. 


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