Fitness Specialist

Certificate Program Description

Students in this program will be trained to be group exercise leaders and personal trainers. Students will learn the principles of exercise and physical conditioning, techniques of leading individual and group exercise classes, appropriate methods to establishing healthy behavior and the designing of personalized exercise prescriptions. They will be able to develop safe, effective exercise plans for a variety of clients.

Program Emphasis

The Fitness Specialist certificate program trains students for positions, entry-level or higher, in the growing fitness industry.

Career Options

Graduates will be qualified to be exercise testing technicians, fitness instructors, strength training instructors, aerobic instructors, and personal fitness trainers.

The fitness industry continued to experience growth and has an ongoing need for trained instructors and trainers in health clubs, fitness centers, and sports medicine clinics.

Please note that students enrolled in an occupational program must earn a grade of “C” or better in courses required for the major.

Certificate of Achievement: Physical Education Fitness Specialist

Courses Required for the MajorUnits
EXSC 242B Care and Prevention of Injuries 3
EXSC 280 Applied Exercise Physiology 2
EXSC 281 Applied Kinesiology 2
EXSC 282 Techniques of Weight Training 2
EXSC 283 Exercise and Fitness Assessment 2
EXSC 284 Fitness and Sports Nutrition 2
EXSC 285 Exercise for Special Populations 2
EXSC 286 Techniques of Exercise Leadership 2
EXSC 288 Fitness Specialist Internship Lecture 1
EXSC 270 Fitness Specialist Work Experience1-4
 Total: 18

This program prepares candidates for American College of Sports Medicine (ACSM) or American Council of Exercise (ACE) certification exams.

Exercise Science (formerly Physical Education) Classes/Intercollegiate Sports Disclaimer

Participation in all sports and exercise science (formerly Physical Education) activities involves certain inherent risks. Risks may include, but are not limited to, neck and spinal injuries that may result in paralysis or brain injury, injury to bones, joints, ligaments, muscles, tendons and other aspects of the muscular skeleton system, and serious injury, or impairment, to other aspects of the body and general health, including death. The San Diego Community College District, its officers, agents and employees are not responsible for the inherent risks associated with participation in exercise science (formerly Physical Education) classes/intercollegiate sports.

 Students are strongly advised to consult a physician prior to participating in any exercise science (formerly Physical Education) activity.