The Fitness Specialist Certificate of Proficiency is designed for those who wish to find or build upon a career in the  growing fitness industry.  Students will gain knowledge and develop hands on, practical skills in basic exercise anatomy, exercise training techniques, fitness and wellness coaching, basic nutrition, sport injury care, fitness management, fitness assessments, and programming information for a variety of populations.  After completing this program, students will have foundational knowledge to sit for a variety of accredited personal trainer certification examinations.

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Financial Assistance funds cannot be applied towards this program. Request for eligibility to utilize Financial Assistance funds for this program is currently pending.

This certificate will be automatically awarded when the certificate requirements are completed. If you do not want to receive the certificate, please notify the Office of the Registrar at

Learn more about how certificate credits apply to the related degree.

  • High School diploma/GED equivalency/approved College Credit Plus (CCP) student
  • ENG-0990 Language Fundamentals II or appropriate score on English placement test.
  • PE-1000 Personal Fitness or PE-1010 Personal Strength Development or verification of personal training or group fitness instructor certificate or previous exercise training experience.
  • Verification of having completed a 4-8 hour observation where the candidate "shadows" a Fitness Professional in their work environment. See details in application packet.

Program Learning Outcomes

This program is designed to prepare students to demonstrate the following learning outcomes: 

  1. Effectively demonstrate and safely teach a variety of exercise modalities.
  2. Effectively demonstrate and safely teach basic exercise sessions.
  3. Effectively educate, motivate and communicate healthy lifestyle behavior modifications.
  4. Perform safe and ethical practices in a variety of sport, health and fitness-related settings within industry standards.
  5. Demonstrate skill in designing, planning, marketing and administering effective fitness, recreational, sport, and wellness activities and programs. 
  6. Show proficiency in functional anatomy, exercise physiology, nutrition, weight management, health promotion, training instruction, health screenings, fitness assessments and exercise prescription to be prepared to sit for an accredited Personal Trainer certification exam.
Plan of Study Grid
First SemesterCredit Hours
DIET-1200 Basic Nutrition 3
SES-1001 Introduction to Sport and Exercise Studies 2
SES-1040 Teaching Exercise Training Techniques 3
SES-1100 Fundamentals of Fitness and Sport Management 3
SES-1201 Fitness and Wellness Coaching 3
Select one of the following: 1
Cardiopulmonary Resuscitation  
Standard First Aid and Personal Safety  
Cardiopulmonary Resuscitation  
 Credit Hours15
Second Semester
SES-2000 Essentials of Sports Injury Care 3
SES-2010 Exercise and Movement Anatomy 3
SES-2300 Personal Training Certification Preparation 3
SES-2310 Advanced Training Concepts and Techniques 3
SES-2350 Exercise for Special Populations 3
 Credit Hours15
 Total Credit Hours30