Group Fitness Instructor Certificate (GFIC)

Description

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

Program Code

GFIC.CT

Benefits

Employment Options

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 Starting Salary Projections

$15.25/hour (median pay)

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.

Education Options

Representative Co-Op/Clinical/Intern Sites

  • Certificate does not include co-op

Curriculum

Effective 2017-2018 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
HFT 122 Group Fitness Instructor 3 2 4
Total Credits:   4 2 5

The letters G, B, and T (displayed after course titles or elective descriptions) identify types of courses required by the Ohio Department of Higher Education as part of an associate’s degree curriculum.
G = General Education course in this curriculum
B = Basic Skills course in this curriculum
T = Technical course in this curriculum

Contacts

Program Chair
Melinda (Mindy) Piles, MEd, ACSM EP-C, CPT
(513) 569-5713