SCW Certifications FAQs


We offer both live certification courses at our MANIA® events www.scwfit.com/MANIA and at other locations www.scwfit.com/upcoming-certifications. Additionally, we have an option that enables you to participate in an Online Certification. Please visit www.scwfit.com/certifications for more information regarding our Online Certification options.

SCW Fitness offers many different certifications. From Barre to Personal Training and Group Exercise to Pilates, SCW Fitness has a certification that can assist you on your path to become a certified fitness professional. Please visit www.scwfit.com/certifications to review all of your SCW Fitness Certification options.

For over 28 years, SCW Fitness Education has been working hard to ensure that you have the opportunity to receive the most up-to-date information in the fitness industry. SCW is an internationally recognized education body that provides hands-on certifications and continuing education courses and conventions to fitness professionals in multiple disciplines nationwide. Personal Trainers, Group Exercise Instructors, Small Group Training Leaders, Aquatic Exercise Professionals, Cycling Teachers, Mind-Body Experts, Sport Specific Training Educators and many more get certified through SCW Fitness.

To become a SCW Member click here and receive the following benefits:

  • You will be able to attend any three-day MANIA® event for as little as $179. Please visit scwfit.com/MANIA for more information.
  • While attending a MANIA® conference, you will receive a free Masterclass
  • MANIA® offers up to 24 Hours of CECs/CEUs.
  • You will receive your first choice for all MANIA® session selections (based upon space and equipment)
  • A 20% discount on all SCW Fitness items purchased online or at the SCW Fitness MANIA® Product Booth. Please visit scwfit.com/shop for more information.

When you purchase a SCW Online Certification, you can attend a live certification course at any MANIA® event or other location within one year from your date of purchase. Please visit www.scwfit.com/certifications to review all of your SCW Fitness Certification options.

Most SCW Fitness Certifications are $199. If you attend a live certification at one of our MANIA® conferences and you also attend MANIA®, you will receive a $40 discount or pay $159. For more information on MANIA® conferences, please visit www.scwfit.com/MANIA and for more information regarding certification options, please visit www.scwfit.com/certifications.

For the Online Certifications, you will receive a link to a manual, study guide, video(s) and exam. If you attend a live certification, you will receive a link or an email to a manual, course outline and an exam. At a live certification, the instructor takes the place of a video(s). Please download and store this information in a safe place since there is a $35 fee for SCW Fitness to resend materials. Additionally, please ensure that you place scwfit.com on your email safe list and check your spam/junk folders.

When attending a live SCW Certification event at either MANIA® or an off-site location, please remember to bring a copy of the manual that you either printed or downloaded to a mobile device, workout clothes and shoes, lunch and snacks, and water/drinks.

When attending a live SCW Aqua Certification event at either MANIA® or an off-site location, please remember to bring a copy of the manual that you either printed or downloaded to a mobile device, workout clothes and shoes for both land/water, lunch and snacks, water/drinks and a towel.

Please begin by checking your email spam/junk folders to ensure the links are not there since some emails can go to spam/junk folders. If you did lose the link(s) to your materials, there is a $35 replacement fee.  Click here to request a replacement certificate.

The following information pertains to the steps you will take to complete your exam:

  • Click on the exam link that has been provided
  • You will be asked to create a log-in and password to access your exam, results and certificate (please keep your log-in and password in a safe place)
  • Begin your exam. There is no time limit for the exam – you can even start and stop your exam with the ability to resume later. The exam will be available for two weeks after the date of your live training and the exam will be available for 60 days after the purchase of your Online Certification.
  • You must obtain a score of 80% or greater to pass. You have two attempts to pass the exam.
  • Once you pass your exam, you can print your customized certificate by clicking on the certificate link on the bottom right hand corner of the page. The certificate will contain information regarding your continuing education credits or CECs.

For our live certification courses at a MANIA® convention or other location, you will have two weeks to complete your exam. For our Online Certifications, you will have 60 days from the date of purchase.

The SCW Certification exams contain multiple choice and true/false questions. The exam does not contain any questions that are in an essay form.

The length of time it takes to complete the exam will vary from individual to individual including factors such as educational background, time spent studying the materials, reading comprehension skills, etc. However, it typically takes most individuals about one hour to complete SCW Certification exams. 

There is no time limit for the exam – you can even start and stop your exam with the ability to resume later.

If you are not able to complete your exam in two weeks for a live certification or 60 days after the purchase of an Online Certification, you can apply for an extension here, which requires a $75 fee.

You need a minimum score of 80% to pass your exam. You have two attempts to pass your exam. If you do not pass after two attempts, you can apply for an extension and retake your  exam by contacting us at certs@scwfit.com or calling 847-562-4020.

Once you pass your exam, you can print your customized certificate by clicking on the certificate link on the bottom right hand corner of the page. The certificate will contain information regarding your continuing education credits or CECs.

Your certification is valid for two years. Please note the following steps that are required to renew your certification:

  • Please visit scwfit.com/certification-renewal
  • Submit 20 hours of continuing education credits from courses you attend after your certification’s renewal date
  • You can obtain CECs from a SCW Approved Provider. Please visit scwfit.com/scwproviders to view the list of approved providers.
    • If you have obtained more than 20 credit hours, extra hours do not carry over into the next period
  • SCW recognizes other courses taken through all accredited colleges and universities. Academic courses relating to the field of fitness such as leadership, teaching skills, fitness management, nutrition, research, anatomy, physiology, exercise programming, and others can be applied towards your SCW Certification renewal.
  • When submitting your renewal application include your CEC information and the renewal fee of $55 per certification
  • A $20 late fee will be assessed if you choose to renew your certification after the expiration date
  • If you do not renew within six months of your certification’s expiration date, you can apply for an extension at a cost of $75 here.  If you don’t apply for an extension you will forfeit your certification and will have to retake the course in order to re-certify. You will be able to do this by completing an online certification or by attending a live training at one of our MANIA® events.
  • Due to state and facility CPR requirements, SCW no longer requires a copy of your CPR card

You must submit 20 hours of continuing education credits from courses you attend after your certification’s renewal date.

  • You can attend a MANIA® conference or another live certification course to obtain CECs. Please visit scwfit.com/MANIA for more information.
  • You can complete another Online Certification. Please visit scwfit.com/certifications for more information.
  • You can obtain CECs from a SCW Approved Provider.  Please visit scwfit.com/scwproviders to view the list of approved providers.
  • Courses that are approved for SCW continuing education credits are listed below:
    SCW recognizes other courses taken through all accredited colleges and universities. Academic courses relating to the field of fitness such as leadership, teaching skills, fitness management, nutrition, research, anatomy, physiology, exercise programming, and others can be applied towards your SCW Certification renewal.

Each certification requires a $55 renewal fee. If you do not renew before your expiration date, a $20 late fee will be assessed. If you do not renew within six months of your certification’s expiration date, you will forfeit your certification and will have to retake the course in order to re-certify. You will be able to do this by completing an online certification or by attending a live training at one of our MANIA® events.

Due to state and facility CPR requirements, SCW no longer requires a copy of your CPR card.  CPR credits are NOT accepted as part of the 20 CEC’s/CEU’s required to renew a certification.

To become an SCW CEC provider, click on the following link: www.scwfit.com/CECprovider. To be a provider, SCW reviews the course content, hours and presenters.  The presenter is required to hold a major certification or a degree in a fitness related field.  For both live and online courses, there is a $125 base fee to be a provider, with an additional $25 per session/Certification course fee.  For conferences, an additional $375 per event fee is applied. Mailing list and Email List rentals are available for Providers. Discounts may apply for CEC partnerships.

Mailing list and Email List rentals are available for Providers. Discounts may apply for CEC partnerships. Inquire through certs@scwfit.com or call 847-562-4020.

All SCW live and online Certifications and MANIA conventions are accepted for Certification Renewal. Fitness-related University and College courses are approved for CECs.  CPR is not approved.  Other providers include all SCW MANIA sponsors, and other approved SCW CEC Providers.  For a current list, please visit : www.scwfit.com/SCWproviders

To apply to receive credit for a non-approved CEC Course, please go to www.scwfit.com/CECapproval. To be approved, SCW reviews the course content, hours and presenters.  The presenter is required to hold a major certification or a degree in a fitness related field.  For both live and online courses, there is a $25 base fee for this review/approval. This fee is waived and is FREE until December 2015.

SCW requires 20 CEC hours every 2 years to renew a certification.  SCW awards 1 CEC per contact hour.  Breaks and lunch times are excluded.  For online courses, estimates involve course content, concept depth and hours of anticipated study.  For more information contact certs@scwfit.com or call 847-562-4020.

SCW Certified Professionals can renew up to 6 months in advance of their certification expiration date and still maintain their original date.

Please contact us at certs@scwfit.com or call 847-562-4020. We greatly appreciate your support and interest in SCW Fitness.