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 2130      Lifestyle Change Instruction (online ) 3 credits

EXSC 1210      Fitness Instructor Training (on-campus) 4 credits

HLED 1160      Stress Management (online ) 3 credits



HLED 1225      Weight Management and Exercise (online ) 3 credits

EXSC 1120      Instructional Methods: Pilates (on-campus) .5 credits

EXSC 1110      Instructional Methods: Youth Fitness (on-campus) .5 credits

EXSC 1130       Instructional Methods: Fitness Cycling (on-campus) .5 credits

EXSC 1140      Instructional Methods: Senior Fitness (on-campus) .5 credits

EXSC 1190      Instructional Methods: Outdoor Applications (on-campus) .5 credits


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