Fitness Instructor Specialist Certification Course

canfitpro’s Fitness Instructor Specialist (FIS) 25-hour certification course delivers the information you need to confidently train clients in a group setting.


The Fitness Instructor Specialist 25-hour certification course is a comprehensive course designed to increase your knowledge and confidence level to train clients in a group setting. The comprehensive course covers a wide range of topics preparing you for the exams and the career of a fitness instructor.


  • No prior experience or certifications are needed to take this course.
  • A free basic Zoom account is set up prior to the course.
  • An understanding of how to use Zoom (practice).
  • A secure and reliable internet connection so you do not get dropped during classes.
  • Video and audio connections (ie: desktop computer with a webcam and built-in mic).
  • Speak, read and write English.


  • Aspects of fitness, wellness and basic training principles
  • Fitness theory: skeletal, muscular, neurological, cardiovascular and pulmonary systems
  • Kinesiology/anatomy in action and bioenergetics
  • Components of a fitness class from the warm-up to the cool-down
  • Musicality: phrasing, cueing and appropriate music selection
  • Leadership and motivation skills
  • Special populations and injuries


  • In-Person Course – Register with ID# 108757
    • Sept 17, 18 & 19
    • 9 AM – 6:30 PM (MDT)
    • GO FIT LIFE Studio, 151 Silvanus Crescent, Fort McMurray
    • PRO TRAINER: Tammy Slauenwhite

To ensure we have a successful learning environment, we have a 20 student capacity limit per course.

  • Virtual Theory Exams List
    • PRO TRAINER: Penny Gousios
    • Thursday, Oct 21, 6 – 8:30 PM (MDT), ID# 105881
    • Thursday, Oct 28, 6 – 8:30 PM (MDT), ID#
    • Thursday, Nov 4, 6 – 8:30 PM (MDT), ID#
    • Thursday, Dec 9, 6 – 8:30 PM (MDT), ID#
  • Virtual Practical Exams List
    • PRO TRAINER: Penny Gousios
    • IMPORTANT:  Please email Penny for the practical exam package which takes several hours to prepare and several more hours to practice BEFORE you attend your exam. We recommend you get your package a month prior to your practical exam date so you have plenty of time to prepare the class and practice with your mock clients (4 participants required). Students who properly prepare for this exam and most successful in passing the final component of the FIS certification process. A mark of 80% or higher is required to pass this exam.
    • Saturday, Oct 16, 9 – 10 AM (MDT), ID#
    • Saturday, Oct 23, 9 – 10 AM (MDT), ID#
    • Saturday, Nov 6, 9 – 10 AM (MDT), ID#
    • Saturday, Dec 11, 9 – 10 AM (MDT), ID#


Did you know that canfitpro certification courses are recognized nationally AND internationally? Read about it here as well as many other FAQs about canfitpro certifications.


  • Early Bird Rates apply to registrations received more than three (3) weeks prior to the scheduled start date of the event.
  • The Non-Member Rates include a one-year canfitpro Professional membership.
  • CLICK HERE to visit the FIS course page for more info and view fees.

NOTE: All questions regarding fees, registration, memberships, and more are to be directed to canfitpro as we teach the courses but do not handle administration for the courses or organization.

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These tutorials will help you get registered for the FIS course, help prepare for the course, and help you get set up for the theory exam and practical exam.

How to order the Fitness Instructor Specialist (FIS) Certification Course


How to Prepare for Your Fitness Instructor Specialist (FIS) Certification Course

How to Prepare for Your FIS Theory Exam


How to Prepare for Your FIS Practical Exam

Customer Reviews

Based on 5 reviews
Penny Gousios
The best CPR certification course!

I have taken the CPR and CPR & AED course several times over from Tammy. She is super fun, energetic and very knowledgeable - definitely recommend taking this course from Tammy if you are considering it!!

Thank you so very much, Penny. You are super fun to have in class too, always so positive, and always so supportive. We truly do make a great team.

Cristina Miller
Loved my FIS Course!

I recently completed my Fitness Instructor Specialist Course with Penny Gousios online and really enjoyed it! Penny is super knowledgeable , upbeat and genuinely cares about her participants experiences. Thank you Penny!

Isn't Penny wonderful? I feel lucky to have her on my team. Thank you so much for the kind review. Good luck with your certification. Great to have you join the canfitpro fitfam.

Nicole Houle
So excited!

I am so happy that I finally took the plunge and did the FIS course! Penny Gousios was our Pro Trainer and she was amazing! Our course was via Zoom due to the restrictions in our area but she still made us feel like we were all together in person! She really took the time to go over everything with us and helped explain things so that we would actually understand, not just memorize. It was a great experience and I’m already looking forward to taking the next certification with CanFit Pro!

This is wonderful to hear, Nicole. Thank you for leaving such a kind and warm-hearted review. Penny is a gem. She had a lot of fantastic things to say about you all. Sounds like a great experience was had for everyone.

Patricia MacKinnon
FIS Pro Trainer Penny Gousios is Amazing

Just completed my online zoom training with Pro Trainer Penny Gousios, she is very educated and can fully explain things in a way that makes it easy to understand and relate in everyday fitness. I was a little hesitant in the beginning about taking the course online (zoom) but I'm so happy I did. I highly recommend Penny and I'm looking forward in completing other Canfitpro courses!

Thank you for such kind words, Patricia. Penny is pretty amazing and she had wonderful things to say about you too. We both wish you the best of luck on your exam and so happy that you decided to join us. You got this, girl. Go get it!

Abigail Whitt
Highly recommend

If anyone is considering taking a course with CanFitPro please don't even hesitate and just do it! I just completed the FIS course with my Pro Trainer Penny Gousios, and she guided me through the whole thing from start to finish. Her teaching skills were by far the BEST and because of her I feel extremely confident to write my Theory exam. I'm so beyond thankful I got the opportunity to meet her.

This is absolutely wonderful to hear, Abigail. Penny is pretty amazing. We are blessed to have her on our team. Thank you for such a warm and kind review. Wishing you the best of luck on your exam and happy holidays too.