College of Arts and Sciences
Program Summary

Certification

  • We strongly encourage sport & exercise science students to become certified as a part of their professional preparation. To facilitate that process, the Center maintains a working relationship with the following organizations and assists students in preparing for specified certification exams as required by each.

    1. Aerobics and Fitness Association of America (AFAA)
      15250 Ventura Blvd., Suite 200
      Sherman Oaks, CA 91403
      (877) 968 – 7263
      http://www.afaa.com
      Certification Options:
      1. AFAA Challenge Exam
      2. KickBoxing Certification
      3. Personal Trainer Certification
      4. Primary Group Exercise Certification
      5. Step Certification

    2. American Alliance for Health, Physical Education, Recreation and Dance (AAHPERD)
      1900 Association Drive
      Reston, VA 20191
      (703) 476 – 3400 or (800) 213 – 7193
      http://www.aahperd.org
      Certification Options:
      1. Physical Best Health – Fitness Instructor
      2. Physical Best Health – Fitness Specialist

    3. American Council on Exercise (ACE)
      4851 Paramount Drive
      San Diego, CA 92123
      (888) 825 – 3636 or (858) 279 – 8227
      http://www.acefitness.org
      Certification Options:
      1. Clinical Exercise Specialist
      2. Group Fitness Instructor
      3. Lifestyle & Weight Management Consultant
      4. Personal Trainer

    4. American College of Sports Medicine (ACSM)
      P. O. Box 1440
      Indianapolis, IN 46206
      (317) 637 – 9200
      http://www.acsm.org
      Certification Options:
      1. Certified Personal Trainer
      2. Exercise Specialist
      3. Health/Fitness Instructor
      4. Registered Clinical Exercise Physiologist

    5. American Fitness Professionals & Associates (AFPA)
      P. O. Box 214 Ship
      Bottom, New Jersey 08008
      (609) 978 – 7583 or (800) 494 – 7782
      http://www.afpafitness.com
      Certification Options:
      1. Aquatics Instructor
      2. Cardio Kickboxing Instructor
      3. Certified Personal Trainer
      4. Children’s Fitness Specialist
      5. Cycle Instructor
      6. Functional Training Specialist
      7. Group Fitness ‘Aerobics’ Instructor
      8. Nutrition & Wellness Consultant
      9. Personal Trainer (regular, Advanced, Master Level)
      10. Pilates Fitness Instructor (Level I and II)
      11. Post Rehabilitative Exercise Specialist
      12. Pre/Post Natal Exercise
      13. Senior Fitness Specialist
      14. Sports Conditioning Specialist
      15. Sports Nutrition Consultant
      16. Stability Ball Trainer
      17. Strength Trainer
      18. Weight Management Consultant
      19. Yoga Fitness Instructor (Level I and II)

    6. The Cooper Institute
      12330 Preston Road
      Dallas, Texas 75230
      (972) 341 – 3200
      http://www.cooperinst.org
      Certification Options:
      1. Aquatics Specialty
      2. Biomechanics of Resistance Training Specialty
      3. Coaching Healthy Behaviors
      4. Cooper Fitness Specialist
      5. Fitness Specialist for Older Adults
      6. Group Exercise Leadership
      7. Health Promotion Director
      8. Indoor Cycling Specialty
      9. Law Enforcement Fitness Specialist
      10. Master Fitness Specialist
      11. Optimal Performance Training Specialty
      12. Personal Trainer
      13. Pre/Postnatal Fitness Instructor Specialty
      14. Promoting Healthy Behaviors in Children
      15. Providing Dietary Guidance: Nutrition Specialty

    7. International Sports Sciences Association (ISSA)
      1015 Mark Avenue
      Carpinteria, CA 93013
      (800) 892 – 4772
      http://www.issaonline.com
      Certification Options:
      1. Certified Fitness Trainer
      2. Endurance Fitness Trainer
      3. Fitness Therapy
      4. Specialist in Fitness for Older Adults
      5. Specialist in Martial Arts Conditioning
      6. Specialist in Performance Nutrition
      7. Specialist in Sports Conditioning
      8. Water Fitness Trainer
      9. Youth Fitness Trainer

    8. National Exercise Trainers Association (NETA)
      5955 Golden Valley Road, Suite 240
      Minneapolis, MN 55422
      (800) 237 – 6242 or (763) 545 – 2505
      http://www.ndeita.com
      Certification Options:
      1. Group Exercise
      2. Personal Trainer

    9. National Strength & Conditioning Association (NSCA) Certification Commission
      3333 Landmark Circle
      Lincoln, NE 68504
      (402) 476 – 6669 or (888) 746 – 2378
      http://www.nsca-cc.org
      Certification Options:
      1. Certified Personal Trainer
      2. Certified Strength & Conditioning Specialist