Certification Exams

Certifications signal to others that you are knowledgeable about Exercise Science and qualified to help others achieve their health and fitness goals. Becoming certified makes you more marketable, meaning more people will want to work with you. As such, the Exercise Science Department lays a foundation of preparation for 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 will provide a strong basis of relevant knowledge and experiences.

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 the type of setting you want to work in and your career goals. Currently, the following options are available:

American College of Sports Medicine (ACSM)

  • Health Fitness Certifications
    • Personal Trainer
    • Group Exercise Instructor
    • Exercise Physiologist
  • Clinical Certifications
    • Clinical Exercise Physiologist
    • Registered Clinical Exercise Physiologist
  • Specialty Certifications
    • Cancer Exercise Trainer
    • Inclusive Fitness Trainer
    • Physical Activity in Public Health Specialist
    • Exercise is Medicine

For more information, please visit the ACSM website.

National Strength and Conditioning Association (NSCA)

  • Strength and Conditioning Certifications
    • Certified Strength and Conditioning Specialist
    • Tactical Strength and Conditioning Facilitator
  • Fitness Certifications
    • Certified Personal Trainer
    • Certified Special Population Specialist

For more information, please visit the NSCA website.