Fitness Specialist, Certificate

Program Design

Fitness specialists typically work for organizations, such as universities, health clubs, professional gymnasiums, resorts, country clubs and hospitals. They work with individuals and groups to help improve clients' fitness levels or to rehabilitate injuries. Some fitness specialists may hold personal training sessions at a gym or in clients' homes, in which they help clients reach personal fitness goals.

Before performing an exercise program, fitness specialists assess the physical condition of the participants. They lead warm-up activities, like stretching, and run through an entire exercise program. A fitness specialist may assist or offer suggestions to individuals who are having difficulty. In addition to exercise duties, a fitness specialist also performs administrative work, which may include leading tours of fitness facilities, registering new members, monitoring the front desk, writing articles or supervising exercise rooms.


Fitness Specialist courses are offered in the regular semester and in an 8 week accelerated format. All of the credits in the certificate program can be used to fulfill requirements for the Associate Degree in Health and Exercise Science for students who wish to pursue advanced study. Students should consult with an advisor to discuss course requirements and prerequisites.

Required Courses

HPE* 210 Sports Nutrition 3
SSC* 110 Health & Wellness Principles 3
HPE* 102 Human Performance & Fitness 3
HPE* 240 Principles of Fitness 3
HPE* 242 Introduction to Athletic Training 3
HPE* 116 Weight Training 1
HPE* 211 Fitness Specialist Certification 1
       Total Credits Required: 17

Division of Mathematics, Science and Health Careers: 860-512-2700

Learning Outcomes

Upon successful completion of all Fitness Specialist certificate requirements, graduates will:

  • Acquire the knowledge and skills necessary to obtain an entry level position as a fitness or wellness specialist.
  • Receive instruction on professional appearance, conduct and effective communication.
  • Be eligible and prepared to take a national exam in order to qualify as a Certified Personal Trainer.
  • Be introduced to the many employment opportunities available in the field of fitness.

Source: 2011-2012 Course Catalog

Last Update: November 07 2011
For Additional Information, Contact: 860-512-2703