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2024-2025 Course Catalog 
2024-2025 Course Catalog

Fitness Specialist, Certificate

Location(s): Ankeny, Boone

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The Fitness Specialist Certificate is designed for individuals interested in working or managing a fitness or exercise facility.  This certificate assists the professional in developing skills to aid in business, provide competencies, and enhance professional credentials. 

Program Details

Pathway: Health Science & Fitness

More information on this Pathway.

Students may start this program Fall or Spring semester

Program Graduation Requirements

To earn a Fitness Specialist Certificate, a student must complete all required coursework as prescribed and maintain a 2.0 grade point average.

Option 1 - Select 3 Credits

Total Credits Required to Complete this Award - 29

Fixed Costs

Tuition……………………………………………………………………………………..$193.00 per credit

The costs for each program are estimates and subject to change.

Varied Costs

  Semester 1 Semester 2
Books (approximate) 300 300

Approximate total cost for the program: $6,197**

**Program entry requirements are not included in the total approximate cost.

What Kind of Work Will You Do?

  • Students will be able to personal training, sports training, wellness coaching, and facility management.

What Skills and Abilities Will You Need?

  • Operate and maintain fitness/exercise equipment
  •  Demonstrate proper techniques on various types of fitness/exercise equipment.
  • Must have proper physical abilities to perform physical demonstrations.
  • Apply knowledge of physiological principles of exercise and fitness.
  • Be able to identify individual’s fitness needs.
  • Demonstrate appropriate business skills to manage a fitness facility.
  • Organize, schedule, and teach exercise classes, fitness classes, and personal training classes.

What Else Should I Consider about this Program or Career Choice?

  • The work hours could be early morning, late nights, and weekends.
  • You will be working with all kinds of ages and abilities. 

Program Competencies

  1. Identify various personal training assessments.
  2. Write exercise prescriptions for clientele. 
  3. Demonstrate proper use of fitness and exercise equipment.
  4. Apply knowledge of physiological principles.
  5. Communicate effectively in a fitness business setting. 
  6. Apply business skills to the fitness industry. 

Nondiscrimination Statement

Des Moines Area Community College shall not engage in nor allow discrimination covered by law against any person, group or organization. This includes in its programs, activities, employment practices, or hiring practices, and harassment or discrimination based on race, color, national origin, creed, religion, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, age, disability, genetic information (in employment) and actual or potential parental, family or marital status. Veteran status in educational programs, activities, employment practices, or admission procedures is also included to the extent covered by law. Lack of English language proficiency will not be a barrier to admission and participation in career and technical education programs.

Individuals who believe they have been discriminated against may file a complaint through the College Discrimination Complaint Procedure. Complaint forms may be obtained from the Executive Campus Dean’s office, the Executive Academic Deans’ office, the Judicial Officer, or the EEO/AA Officer, Human Resources. ADA questions and concerns may be directed to the Section 504/ADA Coordinator at 2006 S. Ankeny Blvd, Bldg 6, Ankeny, IA 50023, phone 515/964-6857, dso@dmacc.edu. Title IX questions and concerns may be directed to the Title IX Coordinator at 2006 S. Ankeny Blvd, Bldg 1, Ankeny, IA 50023, phone 515/964-6216, Title9@dmacc.edu. Questions or complaints about this policy may be directed to the Director of the Office for Civil Rights, U.S. Department of Education, John C. Kluczysnki Federal Building, 230 S. Dearborn Street, 37th Floor, Chicago, IL 60604-7204, phone 312/730-1560, fax 312/730-1576, TDD 800-877-8339 Email OCR.Chicago@ed.gov.

DMACC offers career and technical programs in the following areas of study:
Agriculture, Natural and Environmental Science
Architecture, Engineering, and Construction
Arts, Design, and Visual Communication
Business, Management, and Marketing
Education, Public, and Human Services
Health Science
Hospitality and Culinary
Information Technology
Transportation & Logistics

Entrance requirements for specific programs can be found at Academic Pathway website.(2024)

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