Finess Professional:

Fitness Professional Program

The Program

The Fitness Professional Certificate program at Irvine Valley College was established to meet the needs of a growing fitness industry. For more than a decade, this program has been training and certifying fitness professionals to prepare them for careers in the physical education, fitness, and health sciences fields.

Fitness Center

​The demand for well-trained health specialists, such as personal trainers, fitness instructors, and physical therapists, is expected to increase well into the next decade. This positive industry trend will offer a host of opportunities for certified fitness specialists and other qualified health experts.

The Fitness Professional program is unique in its design because it offers students an opportunity to learn in both a conventional classroom setting, and gain practical experience through an internship process. Interns fulfill a 50-hour assignment at the Life Fitness Center, a campus fitness facility. Here they have an opportunity to gain valuable hands on experience while working in a fitness environment.

To earn the Fitness Professional Certificate, students need to complete 18 units of coursework, including a 3-unit, 50-hour internship. Classes for the certificate program meet during evening hours to provide access to working adults and other fitness enthusiasts. Students can earn the Fitness Specialist certificate in as little as one year, while maintaining current employment and income.

After completing the Fitness Professional program, students are well prepared to find work as exercise specialists in corporate, clinical, and commercial facilities. In addition, the program provides a solid foundation for further study or advanced degrees in exercise science. Some graduates also opt to receive certifications through national organizations such as the American Council on Exercise (ACE), American College of Sports Medicine (ACSM), and the National Strength and Conditioning Association (NSCA).

If you are interested in a fitness career and want to get the best training available, then look no further. The Fitness Professional Certificate program at Irvine Valley College will provide you with talented instructors, in-depth curriculum, and industry experience. Most important, this program can open the door to a bright and fulfilling future in the exciting fitness field.

Complete the following courses: (Units)

  • KNES 103 Movement Anatomy (3)
  • KNES 104 Exercise Physiology (3)
  • KNES 105 Principles of Strength and Conditioning (3)
  • KNES 106 Exercise Testing and Prescription (3)
  • NUT 2 Sport Nutrition (3)
  • KNES 215 Fitness Professional Internship (3)



Recommended Electives: KNES 85, 86, 100, 101, 102

To earn the Fitness Professional Certificate: You must complete all courses in the certificate with a grade of "A", "B", "C" or "P". A minimum of 12 units in the certificate must be completed at Irvine Valley College.

Associate in Arts for Transfer(AA-T)

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Certificate of Achievement (COA)

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Certificate of Proficiency (COP)

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Gainful Employment Disclosures

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Keith Shackleford, JD
Dean, Kinesiology, Health & Athletics
Athletics Director

Corine Reymond
Sr. Admin. Assistant, Kinesiology, Health & Athletics

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