Fitness Specialist

Fitness is a billion-dollar industry, and the public’s interest and participation in fitness activities is growing every day, especially in California. Opportunities for qualified fitness trainers are plentiful in fitness centers, community health and wellness institutions, spas and more. If that sounds like your calling, then the OCC Career Advantage Fitness Specialist program can help. We will prepare you to become a fitness instructor, exercise testing technician, strength coach or personal trainer – and give you the foundation for advanced education in a bachelor’s degree or higher-level program. Ready to help others improve their lives through fitness? Read on to learn more.

A sampling of courses for these careers

Human Anatomy
Nutrition, Fitness, and Performance
Movement Analysis

Sports Medicine
Drugs and Sports

Did you know?

Employment of fitness trainers and instructors is projected to grow 10 percent from 2016 to 2026, faster than the average for all occupations, according to the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics.

Program Details

Complete our certificate program, and you’ll be well-prepared to enter a career in fitness – or earn an associate degree for even greater advancement opportunities.

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In less than 2 years
you can earn:
Certificate of Achievement

Prepare for a career in the health fitness industry as a personal trainer, group exercise instructor and/or strength and conditioning coach. Learn the scientific principles of exercise and physical conditioning, techniques for measuring human performance and methods for establishing healthy nutritional patterns and develop a strong understanding of the business aspects of personal training, including effective practices, professional ethics, marketing, record keeping, and communication. View program detail in course catalog.

Build on your certificate
of achievement with a:
Certificate of Specialization

Or earn your
associate degree
in under 4 years

Complete the Fitness Specialist Certificate of Achievement and the Associate in Science graduation requirements to earn an associate degree. This program prepares you for a career in the health fitness industry as a personal trainer, group exercise instructor and/or strength and conditioning coach. View program detail in course catalog.


To enroll in a Career Advantage program, you must first apply for admission to Orange Coast College. To apply, go to the Admissions Application Information webpage and review the information and requirements for admission. A link at the bottom of that page will take you to the CCCApply website, where you will be prompted to create an account so you can begin the application process.

Classes cost $46 per unit for residents of California. Classes vary in their unit value, but an average 3-unit class costs $138. There are additional fees required to register and additional costs associated with each program. Click here to view the estimated total costs of the program in this career cluster.

View this chart for the length of the core program.

This program does not offer online, evening or weekend courses. For details about offerings in this program, speak to a counselor or consult the class schedule. The class schedule tool searches through all Orange Coast College course offerings and includes a filter for online classes.

You can make an appointment in person, online or by phone.  Click here for more information about Counseling Services and how to make an appointment.

For general questions about enrollment, availability of classes and other services for prospective and current OCC students, call The Answer Center at 714-432-5772. For answers to specific questions you can speak to a counselor or to the faculty member listed on this program page.

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Complete our certificate program to gain the skills you need to lead others to well-being.

Did you know?

According to the Bureau of Labor Statistics, people who have a certificate as
their highest level of education earned, on average, 20 percent more than
those whose highest education level is a high school diploma.

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