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®
- Certified Personal Trainers develop and implement safe, effective exercise programs to help healthy individuals accomplish their fitness goals.
- ACSM Certified Exercise
- Certified Exercise Physiologists work with individuals who have medically controlled diseases.
information, please visit the ACSM website.
National Strength and Conditioning
- NSCA Certified Strength and Conditioning
Certified Strength and Conditioning Specialist is for professionals who design
and implement strength training and conditioning programs for athletes in a
- NSCA Certified Personal Trainer® (NSCA-CPT)
NSCA-Certified Personal Trainer certification is for professionals who work
with both active and sedentary clients in one-on-one situations.
information, please visit the NSCA website.