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 exercise anatomy, basic and advanced exercise training techniques, health and nutrition, sport injury care, and exercise prescription and program design. After completing the courses for this certificate of proficiency, students will gain foundational knowledge to sit for a variety of accredited personal trainer certification examinations.

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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-0995 Applied College Literacies or appropriate score on English placement test


  • Students in the Fitness Specialist, Certificate of Proficiency must achieve a grade of "C" or better in all SES-courses in order to remain in good academic standing and progress through the certificate of proficiency.

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
SES-1001 Introduction to Sport and Exercise Studies 1 2
SES-1040 Teaching Exercise Training Techniques 1 3
SES-2000 Essentials of Sports Injury Care 1 3
SES-2010 Exercise and Movement Anatomy 1 3
HLTH-1100 Personal Health Education 3
Select one of the following: 1
Cardiopulmonary Resuscitation  
Cardiopulmonary Resuscitation  
Standard First Aid and Personal Safety  
Select one of the following: 1-2
Weight Training  
Personal Fitness  
Personal Strength Development  
 Credit Hours16-17
Second Semester
SES-2300 Personal Training Certification Preparation 1 3
SES-2310 Advanced Training Concepts and Techniques 1 3
SES-2xxxElective 1 3
SES-2xxxElective 1 3
SES-2xxxElective 1 3
 Credit Hours15
 Total Credit Hours31-32