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Exercise Specialist ESS.S.CRT

One-year Technical Certificate - 31 Credit Hours

Division: Health Sciences
Department: Exercise Science
Effective as of Fall 2023

What is the program about?

The Exercise Specialist certificate is designed to provide necessary knowledge and skills for employment in the fitness and exercise industry. Students acquire knowledge and skills in exercise science with the goal of being able to administer basic fitness assessments and health risk appraisals. Additionally, students acquire current information on exercise, nutrition and wellness and prepare to sit for and successfully pass a national certification exam. Students must pass all ENS courses with a grade of C or better.

Program Outcomes

  • Develop effective and safe exercise programs to meet clients' personal fitness goals.
  • Conduct valid and reliable basic fitness assessments and basic health risk appraisals related to exercise programming.
  • Demonstrate locating and applying current information on sound practices in achieving and maintaining fitness.

Career Opportunities

Students completing the certificate program will find careers in many types of fitness centers (YMCA, Recreation Centers, local fitness facilities and corporate fitness) and will be employed as fitness staff, personal trainers and group fitness instructors.


Students will be prepared to take national certification exams.


Course Title Credits
ALH 1132 Heartsaver First Aid, CPR & AED 1
BIO 1121 Human Anatomy & Physiology I 3
COM 2211 Effective Public Speaking 3
DIT 1525 Human Nutrition 3
DIT 1825 Nutrition for Exercise & Sport Science 3
ENG 1101 English Composition I 3
ENS 1116 Exercise Science & Health Promotion 2
ENS 1118 Lifetime Physical Fitness & Wellness 3
ENS 2317 Methods of Teaching Lab 1
ENS 2318 Fitness Assessment & Exercise Prescription 3
ENS 2416 Certification Preparatory Course 3
ENS 2417 Methods of Teaching 3
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This information is for planning purposes only. Sinclair College will make every effort to offer curriculum listed above but reserves the right to change, add and cancel curriculum offerings for unforeseen circumstances.