Certificate Programs

WITS Personal Trainer Certification

Saturdays 2/21/2015–5/2/2015 (no class 3/21 or 4/4) 9:00am–2:00pm (WHF002-65)
Tuesdays & Thursdays, 3/24/2015–5/26/2015 (no class 5/12) 6:30–8:30pm (WHF002-66)
Location: Cape Cod Community College, 2240 Iyannough Road, West Barnstable, MA

Tuesdays & Thursdays 3/24/15–5/21/15, 6:30–8:30pm (WHF002-75)
Location: Plymouth North High School, 41 Obery Street, Plymouth, 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.


Home Health Aide Certificate (WHN038-65) *postponed. Date and location TBA.

Guaranteed job interview with Norwell Visiting Nurse Association after successful completion of certificate program.

Saturdays 3/14/15–5/16/15, 8:00am–3:00pm & Tuesdays 5:00–8:30pm 
(no class 3/21 & 4/4)

Location: Plymouth North High School, Room 245, 41 Obery Street, Plymouth (3 lab sessions will be located in West Barnstable. Lab dates: Sat. 4/18, 4/25 and 5/9)
Cost: $379 (includes textbook)

Home Health Aide Training prepares you to work as a personal care provider. If you are looking for a rewarding and growing career field with many opportunities, this is the one! In 7 weeks, you will complete the Home Health Aide Competency Exam and be ready to begin your new career. If you are preparing to care for a loved one, you will find critical information and skills that will enable you to provide quality care at home.

In addition to the hands-on skills such as bathing and self-care, our program focuses on providing concerned individualized care that adheres to the five principles of care: Safety, Privacy, Dignity, Communication and Independence. Students will benefit from a small class size with caring, well-trained teachers and receive hands-on experience in our Nursing and Allied Health labs. 

Information Sessions: 
Thursday, February 19, 2015
Tuesday, March 3, 2015

Both sessions begin at 4:00 p.m. and are located at Cape Cod Community College, 2240 Iyannough Road, M.M. Wilkens (formally South building), Room 116, West Barnstable, MA. 

Executive Series for Nonprofit Leaders (WPG069-65)
Wednesdays, 2/4/2015–5/13/15 from 3:00–6:00pm

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

This certificate program introduces learners to key current management issues for nonprofit organizations. Fund-raising, board and volunteer development, budgeting, capital campaigns, marketing, and setting strategic direction are all addressed. This series is full of practical advice and real life examples of how simple changes can have a big impact.  

Wedding & Event Planner Certificate (WGB031-66)
Tuesday 3/3/15–4/21/15, 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 social events. From weddings and anniversaries to birthdays and baby showers, this course provides clear and concise formulas for detailing the personal and professional aspects of any social event.

Social Media Certificate - New Content for 2015! 
Wednesdays, 2/11/2015–3/25/2015 from 6:00–9:00pm (WIT088-65)
Location: Hyannis Center, 540 Main Street, Hyannis


Tuesdays, 4/14/2015–6/2/2015 5:00–8:00 p.m. (WIT088-75)
Location: Plymouth North High School, 41 Obery Street, Plymouth

Cost: $234


This program will provide a comprehensive introduction for how to effectively utilize social media to market your organization and build loyalty. The series will cover strategies and trends, blogging, Facebook, LinkedIn, Twitter, Google+, Pinterest, search engine optimization (SEO), and how to create a social media strategy. The program will also look at emerging networks which are giving businesses alternatives for reaching their target audience. Students will develop strategies for online engagement, build an editorial content calendar and learn how to create and implement an effective social media marketing plan. Must be comfortable with PCs, email, and the Internet. Must have social media networks in place prior to the start of this course.


Successful Small Business Management (WGB075-65)
Tuesdays, 2/3/15–3/10/15, 7:00–9:00 p.m.

Location: Cape Cod Community College, Lecture Hall A, 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

Front Office Essentials Certificate (WGB085-65)
Saturday 2/21, 11:00am-2:00pm (additional session added on Saturday 2/21 to make up for snow days - a light lunch will be provided)
Mondays 2/23/15–3/30/15, 5:00–8:00pm *date changed to 2/21 - 3/30
Location: Hyannis Center, 540 Main Street, Hyannis
Cost: $279

Prepare for entry level employment in the business world. Be computer savvy using Microsoft Office. Perform general office procedures; filing, answering telephones, greeting visitors, scheduling and more. This course will include: customer service principles, keyboarding, introduction to MS Outlook, Word, Excel and Power Point.


Grant Writing Certificate Series (WPG127-65)

Thursdays 3/19/15–4/9/15, 3:00–6:00pm
Location: Hyannis Center, 540 Main Street, Hyannis
Cost: $199

Procuring grant funding is an essential aspect to managing a nonprofit enterprise. In this series grant funding is presented as an ongoing “grant seeking” operation that can greatly improve the likelihood of establishing a reliable and diverse base of funding support. The mechanics of writing a high-quality proposal are covered, but equal emphasis is given to the background activity that leads to a successful grant application. It is important to identify those unique qualities and merits of your agency that make it attractive to a grant funder. It is important to know how to find the right funder for your project. And, finally, it is important to present your proposal as not just a response to a need, but as an opportunity to accomplish the funder’s mission through your agency.


Customer Service Fundamentals Certificate (WGB019-65)
Thursdays 4/9/15–5/21/15, 6:00–9:00pm *date change
Location: Hyannis Center, 540 Main Street, Hyannis
Cost: $295

Learn to listen and communicate with customers, build rapport, provide assistance and solve problems, plus learn business and personal effectiveness skills that make you highly sought after in today’s job market. Designed for anyone dealing with customers, the skills learned are applicable to all for-profit and nonprofit organizations; anyone with experience, interested in training for a new career or involved in a new venture are welcome. This interactive, practical program includes effective communication techniques, dealing with difficult people, negotiation skills, blending sales and service, and more to enable you to deliver “knock your socks off” service.


Workshop Facilitator Certificate (WGB079-75)

Wednesdays 4/1/15–4/29/15, 2:00–4:00pm (no class 4/22)
Location: TBD in Plymouth
Cost: $179

This series of courses will provide participants with all the skills they need to effectively conduct workshop and presentations.

Creating A Learning Environment (2 hours)
In this workshop you’ll learn the difference between Facilitating and Lecturing, how people learn, characteristics of an adult learner and how to tap into different learning styles to maximize your participant’s experience.

Foundations for Conducting a Workshop (2 hours)
In this workshop you will learn all aspects you will need to conduct an effective workshop such as the different roles a facilitator can take, how to conduct activities, how to develop participation, how to give feedback and how to ask questions that inspire discussion.

Advanced Facilitating Techniques (2 hours)
In this workshop you will learn specifically how to address challenging or disengaged participants, what to do with an overly aggressive or assertive participant, how to use stories to illustration points and the importance of linking concepts.

Facilitator Certification Coachbacks (2 hours)
For the last session in the series, you will be asked to conduct a short facilitation. You will be given the material ahead of time to prepare. This practical application will allow you to put what you’ve learned to work.

Gerontology Intensive Certificate Series (WHN014-65)
Wednesdays 4/8/15 - 6/17/15, 5:00 - 7:30 p.m.
*Workshop #7 on 5/20 has be rescheduled to 6/17.
Location: Hyannis Center, Room 102, 540 Main Street, Hyannis
Cost: $200

The Series covers the major topic areas in gerontology in this rapidly growing field. Learn a focused, practical approach to understanding, assessing and intervening with a variety of service concerns affecting older adults. Those exploring gerontology as a career choice are invited to attend. Register for ONE or ALL workshops. CEUs (20-25) & certificate for those attending 8 of 10 workshops (Nurses must attend all 10). Enroll in entire series (WHN014-65) and SAVE $50! Workshops for Gerontology Series can also be purchased separately. Learn more 

The Gerontology Series has been made possible by Barnstable County Human Services. 


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