Fitness Specialist Certification

State Approved


Southwestern College's Exercise Science Department offers a one-year Exercise Specialist Certification program for students interested in careers in the fitness and wellness industry.

Pic 3The Exercise Science Department offers Certificates of Achievement for the Fitness Specialist Certification, Basic and Advanced. The Fitness Specialist program is designed to train and qualify students to function as entry-level, intermediate and advance group exercise leaders and personal trainers. Students will learn the scientific principles of exercise and physical conditioning, techniques of exercise leadership with groups and individuals, assessment and establishment of healthy behaviors, nutrition and the designing of safe, effective and personalized exercise plans for a variety of clients.

The Fitness Specialist Certification - Basic


Introduction to Exercise PhysiologyPic 1
Introduction to Applied Kinesiology
Techniques of Weight Training
Nutrition for Athletes
Exercise for Special Populations
Techniques of Exercise Leadership
Fitness Specialist Internship

The Fitness Specialist Certification - Advanced

All classes offered under the Basic program Fitness Assessment & Laboratory
Prevention and Care of Athletic Injuries
First Aid & CPR 

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Fitness Specialist Internship

The fitness specialist internship provides students with practical experience in the field of exercise and fitness.  The emphasis includes:  client assessment, principles of adherence and motivation, evaluations of exercise program design and progression, self-marketing in specialist/client relationships and professional and legal responsibility in a fitness setting.                
  • One day lecture each week
  • 10-week session
  • 90 hour internship (with placement assistance)


Once the internship is completed you will have an opportunity to take the American Council on Exercise (A.C.E.) Personal Training Certification Examination.  Once you pass the examination, you will have completed one of the most comprehensive fitness specialist programs in the state and be a certified personal trainer. 

Program Benefits

- Personal Trainers
- Commercial Fitness Settings
- Corporate fitness programs
- Strength Coaches
- Physical therapy aids
- Aquatic instructors
- An affordable fast-paced program to get state certified
- Preparation to get nationally certified (ACSM, ACE, BFPT)
- Build a career path or transfer to a 4-year program

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