Fitness Specialist, Certificate of Achievement

Upon successful completion of the Fitness Specialist Certificate, the student demonstrates skills, knowledge, and training for entry level or higher positions in the fitness industry. The student will be prepared to take the National Strength and Conditioning Association's Certified Personal Trainer Certification exam. The student demonstrates skills, knowledge, and training for employment as a strength and conditioning coach, exercise specialist for a clinical setting, wellness instructor, and personal fitness trainers; to conduct fitness evaluations for individually designed programs that include nutrition, exercise routines, and motivation approaches; and to transfer to a bachelor's degree program in physical education, exercise science, or kinesiology..

Program Learning Outcomes

  1. Program completers demonstrate skills, knowledge, and training for employment as strength and conditioning coaches, exercise specialists for clinical and work settings, wellness coaches, and personal fitness trainers.
  2. Program completers will conduct fitness evaluations for individually designed programs that include nutrition, exercise routines, exercise adherence and motivational approaches.
  3. Program completers will learn principles of training and conditioning, techniques for measurement of human performance and physical fitness, exercise psychology, professionalism in a health and fitness setting, and methods for establishing healthy nutritional patterns.
  4. Assessment: Program completers will learn skills to measure human performance, risk level, and physical fitness.
  5. Nutrition: Program completers will understand basic nutritional needs, healthy eating habits, eating disorders, metabolism and weight management, and diet analysis.
  6. Safety and Injuries: Program completers will understand how to decrease risk, evaluate, and treat injuries.
  7. Leadership: Program completers will demonstrate skills needed to work successfully as Strength and Conditioning Coaches, Personal Trainers, PE Teachers, Athletic Trainers, Wellness/Health Promotion Coaches, and Clinical Exercise Specialists.
  8. Exercise Programs: Program completers will be able to create safe and effective complete exercise training programs for various populations.
  9. Exercise Psychology: Program completers will learn skills to motivate, increase adherence, set effective goals, and steps of behavior change.
  10. Exercise Physiology: Program completers will learn basic physiology and kinesiology and the physical and psychological adaptations of exercise.

Core Requirements

Complete 25 units

H ED 031

Emergency Responder

3

PETHEORY 042V

Theory and Application of Weight Training

3

PETHEORY 04

Care and Prevention of Athletic Injuries

3

PETHEORY 048

Physiology of Sport and Exercise

3

PETHEORY 049

Psychology of Sports

3

PETHEORY 050

Nutrition for Fitness and Sport

3

PETHEORY 050H

Special Studies: Physical Education

2

PETHEORY 051

Fitness Assessment

3

PETHEORY 069V

PE Theory Internship

2

Minimum Units Required: 25

Complete each course with a grade of "C" or better.