Jul 18, 2024  
2022-2023 CNM Catalog, Volume 54 
2022-2023 CNM Catalog, Volume 54 [The CNM Academic Year includes Fall, Spring, Summer Terms]

Fitness, Certificate of Completion

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School of Health, Wellness & Public Safety (HWPS)

Students will study exercise physiology, kinesiology, nutrition, fitness assessment, exercise prescription and the business aspects of personal fitness training. Students will also be instructed in the Job Analysis Task List of the National Strength and Conditioning Association Certified Personal Trainer certification exam, the Knowledge, Skills and Abilities of the American College of Sports Medicine Health/Fitness Instructor certification exam and the Basic Exercise Standards and Guidelines of the Aerobics and Fitness Association of America’s Primary Certification group for fitness leaders. Courses include classroom and lab time.

See Recommended Sequence of Courses

Information Sessions are scheduled during the term prior to enrollment in the Fitness Technician (FITT) Certificate Program. These sessions provide general information about the profession of personal fitness.

This program can be completed in three consecutive terms.

Special Requirements

Physical Requirements

Students must be in good physical and psychological health. Students may be asked to provide documentation of a recent physical examination. Many health programs require the student to be able to safely lift and/or move a minimum of 50 pounds. Reasonable accommodations are made for students with disabilities. However, some disabilities may prohibit students from completing program specific competencies or gaining employment. Students with disabilities that may interfere with completing program competencies are advised to contact the School of Health, Wellness & Public Safety (HWPS)  Office for more information.


Students are responsible for their own transportation to off-campus training sites. (i.e. clinical courses at hospitals, internships, etc.)

Approximate Costs of this Educational Option

Financial Aid Considerations

Career Opportunities

The US Department of Labor expects the employment of fitness trainers and instructors to grow 39% from 2020 to 2030. This growth is much faster than the average for all occupations.
Source: United States Department of Labor, Bureau of Statistics, Occupational Outlook Handbook, Fitness Trainers & Instructors at https://www.bls.gov/ooh/personal-care-and-service/fitness-trainers-and-instructors.htm

Gainful Employment information is available from Job Connection Services.

For the graduation policy refer to the Graduating From CNM section, cnm.edu or the Students tab in my CNM.

Ten Year Rule for CTE Courses

Career and technical education courses in this program will qualify for credit for a period of ten academic years. Due to changing technologies, trends, and professional demands, courses completed ten or more years in the past will satisfy program requirements only if they are approved by the instructional school in which they were offered. Cohorted programs may have additional restrictions.

Program Requirements


Term 1

This program’s first term courses are offered in the fall and spring terms only. This may delay a student’s program start date. Please check with an advisor for more information.

Term 3

Minimum Credit Hours Required to Complete Certificate: 32

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