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Fitness Specialist Program


Come to where it all started - In 1979, OCC became the first community college to offer a Fitness Specialist certificate.  We are pioneers and innovators!
Laura Behr, Director  714-432-5112 


The OCC Fitness Specialist Program trains students for positions entry-level or higher in the booming fitness industry.  Graduates are qualified to be fitness instructors, exercise testing technicians, aerobic instructors, weight training coaches, and personal fitness counselors.

Students in this program learn scientific principles of exercise and physical conditioning, techniques of leading exercise classes, and methods appropriate to establishing healthy behavior.  The Fitness Specialist evaluates the physiological and psychological effects of physical activities and designs personalized exercise prescriptions.
The fitness industry, experiencing rapid growth, has a growing demand for trained instructors and exercise test technologist in health clubs, fitness studios, and sports medicine clinics.  The employment outlook is excellent.

Federal Gainful Employment Report

Use the link below to view Orange Coast College’s gainful employment reports. These reports provide you, the student, with important information regarding the costs, benefits and potential employment options of our certificate programs.
Federal Gainful Employment Reports - Fitness Spec​ialist