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


EXSC 150          Fitness Instructor Training I (4)

EXSC 151          Fitness Instructor Training II (4)

EXSC 202          Instruction in Lifestyle Change (3)



Choose from the following:

EXSC 120          Instructional Methods: Pilates (.5)

EXSC 122          Instructional Methods: Youth Fitness (.5)

EXSC 123          Instructional Methods: Fitness
Cycling (.5)

EXSC 124          Instructional Methods: Senior Fitness (.5)

EXSC 126          Instructional Methods: Personal

Training (1)

EXSC 129          Instructional Methods: Group
Exercise (1)

EXSC 132          Instructional Methods: Alternative Strength Training (.5)

EXSC 133          Instructional Methods: Training Techniques Review (.5)

EXSC 134          Instructional Methods: Outdoor

Applications (.5)

HLED 112         Weight Management and Exercise (2)

HLED 113         Stress Management (3)


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