Fitness Specialist

Certificate of Completion (COC)

Fitness Specialist

About The Program

Provides the content and experience for students to acquire a firm foundation for a career as a personal trainer or group exercise instructor working within athletic clubs, starting their own business, or working with community health and fitness organizations. This certificate can be taken independently, or in conjunction with a DTA program as part of a two-year preparation to transfer to a four-year university. With the completion of this program, students will be set up to take the NCAA-accredited Personal Trainer Exam and/or Group Exercise Exam through the American Council on Exercise (ACE) to become a certified personal trainer and/or group exercise instructor.

For a roadmap that identifies the preferred sequencing of courses and other specific recommendations from faculty, please see the corresponding program map(s):

Program Requirements

HLTH 105 First Aid and CPR 1
PHED 285 Fitness Marketing 3
HLTH 245 Health and Exercise Behavior Change 3
HLTH 135
- OR
NUTR& 101
Food and Fitness
- OR

BIOL 179 Human Biology and Exercise 5
PHED 288 Cooperative Education (Internship) 1
COLL 289 Employment Portfolio 1
PHED 296
Personal Training Instruction - AND/OR
Group Fitness Instructor Course

Recommended Electives

HLTH 106 Health and Wellness 2
PHED 171 Prevention and Care of Athletic Injuries 3
  PHED Activity Courses  

Diversity and Distribution Lists are available in the Lower Columbia College Catalog located at

Total credits required to earn this degree: 19 with a cumulative grade point average (GPA) of at least 2.0 in the program requirements.

Students completing this program should acquire the following skills and abilities:

  • Apply knowledge of human anatomy, exercise physiology, kinesiology and nutrition to prescribing fitness programs specific to individual needs.
  • Understand the basics of marketing and motivational approaches to reaching potential clients.
  • Design and successfully lead individuals, small groups, and classes in fitness instruction while addressing all components of fitness.

Created February 2020 (Effective Spring 2020)


Program planning is based on information available at the time of preparation. It is the student’s responsibility to meet with their LCC advisor. Consult the LCC catalog for LCC graduation requirements.


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