Certificate in Fitness Instructor Training

Designed to give students the knowledge and understanding necessary to become effective personal fitness trainers and to prepare for the American Council on Exercise (ACE) Personal Trainer Certification exam. Course work presents a comprehensive system for designing individualized programs based on each client’s unique health, fitness, and performance goals. Students learn how to facilitate behavior change and adherence, self-efficacy and how to develop client rapport.

Students will learn how to design programs that help clients improve posture, movement, flexibility, balance, core function, cardiorespiratory fitness, and muscular endurance and strength. Students have to show proof of current American Heart Association or American Red Cross Adult CPR/AED certification. All courses listed can be applied toward the Associate of Applied Science in Exercise Science.

Learning Outcomes

Upon completion of this program, students will be able to:

  • Apply the basic principles of exercise science, behavior modification, nutrition, and weight management to help clients achieve a healthy lifestyle.
  • Describe and apply basic elements of anatomy, applied kinesiology, biomechanics, and exercise physiology.
  • Administer and interpret basic health screenings and fitness assessments to design safe exercise programs for apparently healthy populations.
  • Summarize the scope of practice and professional responsibilities of a certified fitness professional.

Class Requirements

Program Requirements: (11 Credits)

EXSC 1210 – Fitness Instructor Training I Credits: 4
EXSC 1220 – Fitness Instructor Training II Credits: 4
EXSC 2130 – IM Lifestyle Change Credits: 3

Related Requirements: (5 Credits)

Choose from the following:
EXSC 1110 – Instructional Methods: Youth Fitness, Credits: 0.5
EXSC 1120 – Instructional Methods: Pilates, Credits: 0.5
EXSC 1130 – Instructional Methods: Fitness Cycling, Credits: 0.5
EXSC 1140 – Instructional Methods: Senior Fitness, Credits: 0.5
EXSC 1150 – Instructional Methods: Personal Training, Credits: 1
EXSC 1160 – Instructional Methods: Group Exercise, Credits: 1
EXSC 1170 – Instructional Methods: Alternative Strength Training, Credits: 0.5
EXSC 1180 – Instructional Methods: Training Techniques Review, Credits: 0.5
EXSC 1190 – Instructional Methods: Outdoor Applications, Credits: 0.5
HLED 1160 – Stress Management, Credits: 3
HLED 1225 – Weight Management and Exercise, Credits: 3

NOTE: See First-Year Student Success Course Requirement on Page 8.