Fitness Specialist (Certificate)

Fitness Specialist (Certificate)The Fitness Specialist certificate program is designed for those who wish to find or build upon a career in the growing fitness industry. Whether you want to start a career in the fitness field or are already working and wish to increase your knowledge and skills, this certificate program can help you achieve your goals.

After completing this program, you will have foundational knowledge to sit for professional examinations offered by the American College of Sports Medicine, the American Academy of Health Professionals, Cooper Institute and the National Academy of Sports Medicine.

The program also may benefit those working in other allied health professions who wish to supplement their services by including exercise as part of a health and wellness program. Those wishing to begin their own fitness/personal training business can also benefit from elective courses in entrepreneurship and sports management.

The certificate is offered through the Health, Physical Education and Exercise Studies Department.

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Program Highlights

  • The only program of its kind in the Capital Region
  • Students study in our state-of-the-art exercise physiology lab
  • Hands-on experience gained, with placement in local health clubs and fitness facilities
  • Three fitness rooms that include Cybex and Lifetime fitness equipment, as well as a new cutting edge paramount functional trainer and touch screen displays on cardio equipment
  • Some classes taught in our 34,500-square-foot field house with indoor track
  • More than 50 percent of the certificate may be completed online
  • Small classes with individualized attention
  • Easy access to professors who are knowledgeable, dedicated and skilled
  • High quality academic advisement

Scholarships Available Scholarships available.

Career and Transfer Opportunities

With Americans becoming more health-conscious, the fitness industry is expected to continue growing over the coming decade. Those seeking a career in the field should know that many employers may require a higher level of knowledge, which can be provided by the courses in the Fitness Specialist certificate.

Graduates may seek careers in a variety of public and private fitness and health centers or pursue a career as a personal trainer.

Salaries vary based on position and degree attainment. Here are median salaries taken from the Bureau of Labor Statistics (as of 2015): Fitness Instructor/ Personal Trainer, $36,160.

The Center for Careers and Transfer offers Career Services and Transfer Services to all students.

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For more information regarding this program, contact:

Colleen Ferris
Department Chair
McDonough Sports Complex, Room 206
(518) 629-7372
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For more information about admission to this program, contact:

Admissions Office
Guenther Enrollment Services Center, Room 223
(518) 629-7309

Mission Statement

The Health, Physical Education and Exercise Studies Department seeks to support the mission of the college by preparing entry-level students in Physical Education for transfer and ultimate completion of baccalaureate degree requirements. Additionally, it will remain our objective to endeavor to meet the diverse physical activity and wellness needs of the Hudson Valley Community College student body.