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

 

Contact Us

Sarah Shultz, Ph.D.
Associate Professor
Kinesiology Department Chair
206.296.2045
shultzsarah@seattleu.edu

Lauren Van Fossen
SPEX Academic Advisor
206.296.2840
vanfosse@seattleu.edu 

Kari Berkas
Program Coordinator
206-296-2454
berkask@seattleu.edu