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Overview

The Group Fitness Instructor certificate prepares students for job activities such as designing safe classes for traditional and/or step aerobic exercises, scheduling classes, setting goals, and motivating participants.

Graduates are prepared to take a national certification examination to become a Certified Group Fitness Instructor. Graduates may work in health clubs, corporate fitness centers, aerobic studios, or recreation programs.

Related Programs

Exercise Science (EXS)Corrective Exercise Specialist Certificate (CESC)Health and Fitness Special Populations Certificate (HFSPC)Personal Fitness Trainer Certificate (PFTC)Yoga Teacher Training Certificate (YIC)

Contacts

Program Chair

Melinda (Mindy) Piles
MEd, ACSM EP-C, CPT

Career Outlook

Graduates Are Prepared To

  • Work in health clubs, corporate fitness centers, aerobic studios, or recreation programs
  • Design safe classes for traditional and step aerobic exercises
  • Take a national certification examination to become a Certified Group Fitness Instructor.

Representative Job Titles For Graduates

  • Group Fitness Instructor

Graduate Employment Outlook

Employment of fitness trainers and instructors is projected to grow 13 percent through 2022, about as fast as the average for all occupations. As businesses, government, and insurance organizations continue to recognize the benefits of health and fitness programs for their employees, incentives to join gyms or other types of health clubs are expected to increase the need for fitness trainers and instructors.

$15.25/hour (median pay)

Graduate Starting Salary Projections

Education Options

Representative Co-Op/Clinical/Intern Site

  • Certificate does not include co-op

Curriculum

Effective 2021-2022 academic year

Group Fitness Instructor Certificate (GFIC)

Program Prerequisites:  Meet with Program Chair.

Semester 1 Lec Lab Credits
EMS 100 CPR and First Aid for the Health Care Professional 1 0 1
EXS 122 Group Fitness Instructor 3 2 4
Total Credits: 4 2 5

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