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.
Information obtained from ACSM's website in August 2015.
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.
Information obtained from NSCA's website in August 2015.