Certification Exams

Certifications signal to others that you are knowledgeable about Exercise Science and qualified to help others achieve their goals. Becoming certified makes you more marketable, meaning more people will want to work with you. As such, Exercise Science courses prepare students to take certification exams from industry-leading national fitness organizations. While additional studying is necessary to pass the certification exams, your coursework and internships provide a strong foundation to build off.

The Exercise Science Department recommends taking exams from either the American College of Sports Medicine (ACSM) or the National Strength and Conditioning Association (NSCA). Which exam you choose to take will depend on what type of setting you want to work in and your career goals. While many exam options are available, we recommend one of the following:

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, please visit the ACSM website.

      National Strength and Conditioning Association (NSCA)

      • NSCA Certified Strength and Conditioning Specialist® (CSCS)
        • The Certified Strength and Conditioning Specialist is for professionals who design and implement strength training and conditioning programs for athletes in a team setting.
      • NSCA Certified Personal Trainer® (NSCA-CPT)
        • The NSCA-Certified Personal Trainer certification is for professionals who work with both active and sedentary clients in one-on-one situations.

      For more information, please visit the NSCA website.