Certification Exams

All Exercise Science majors are required to sit for one of four certification examinations. Currently, the Department of Exercise Science has approved the following certification exams offered by two nationally recognized organizations: (1) American College of Sports Medicine, and (2) National Strength and Conditioning Association.

American College of Sports Medicine (ACSM)

  • ACSM Certified Personal Trainer® (CPT): Certified Personal Trainers develop and implement safe, effective exercise programs to help healthy individuals accomplish their fitness goals.

  • ACSM Certified Exercise PhysiologistSM (EP-C): Certified Exercise Physiologists work with individuals who have medically controlled diseases.

For more information, visit the ACSM website.

National Strength and Conditioning Association (NSCA)

  • NSCA Certified Strength and Conditioning Specialists (CSCS): Strength and conditioning specialist are professionals who apply scientific knowledge to train athletes for the primary goal of improving athletic performance. They conduct sport-specific testing sessions, design and implement safe and effective strength training and conditioning programs and provide guidance regarding nutrition and injury prevention. Recognizing that their area of expertise is separate and distinct, CSCSs consult with and refer athletes to other professionals when appropriate.

  • NSCA Certified Personal Trainer (CPT): Personal trainers are health/fitness professionals who, using an individualized approach, assess, motivate, educate and train clients regarding their health and fitness needs. They design safe and effective exercise programs, provide the guidance to help clients achieve their personal health/fitness goals and respond appropriately in emergency situations. Recognizing their own area of expertise, personal trainers refer clients to other health care professionals when appropriate.

For more information, visit the NSCA website.