**Internships at local fitness studios/gyms
may be available to Fitness Specialist students**
The Fitness Specialist Certificate is designed to prepare students with the knowledge, skills and abilities required to become certified Personal Trainers and/or Group Fitness Instructors. It is primarily geared toward preparing students to successfully obtain certifications from NASM, NSCA or ACSM (for personal training) and ACE, ACSM or AFAA (for group fitness instruction), and to develop comprehensive knowledge of scientific evidence, tools and protocols specific to the fitness industry. Practical experience is integrated into curriculum for the development of skill mastery. Students are recommended to have basic knowledge of human biology, basic English writing and speaking skills, and the ability to perform moderate physical activity before beginning this program.
GCC is an academic advocate partner with the National Academy of Sports Medicine (NASM). Fitness Specialist students at GCC are granted significant discounts on the exam, textbook and preparation materials for the personal trainer (CPT) certification, as well as more advanced certifications such as: Corrective Exercise Specialist (CES) and Performance Enhancement Specialist (PES).