Why Study to be a Fitness Specialist?

Students who successfully complete the Fitness Specialist program are prepared to take the national certification exam to become a personal trainer. Being trained in wellness and physical fitness can prepare you for an important role in helping to resolve some of the current health challenges facing our nation. By teaching others how to develop and maintain healthy levels of fitness and exercise you will be helping them to lower their risk of developing diseases like diabetes and heart disease. Studies also show a correlation between practicing healthy levels of physical activity and maintaining good mental health.

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Certificate: Fitness Specialist

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Graduates of Rockland Community College are provided with a clear path to meaningful careers that meet the needs of businesses and industry in the communities we serve. Our students are trained in specific skills that are needed by employers, and guided through a career path that leads directly to workforce opportunities. With affordable tuition, students who begin their college careers at RCC are ready to meet the demands of the real world.

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At Rockland Community College, you are provided with a Student Success Team that will help you with your academic journey, career exploration, transfer planning, support service referrals, and more! Your Team includes your Dean, Program Director, Faculty Advisor, Student Success Advisor, Connection Center Counselor, Financial Aid Advisor, Peer Mentors, and if you’re involved in any of these special programs, your Athletics, Honors, TRiO, and Veterans Advisors. During your first semester, you will take an ‘Introduction to the School’ course that will outline the various College offices and departments that can help you on your path.

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Career Outlook

Graduates of the program will understand the core concepts of resistance training, and have the ability to evaluate the health and fitness status of prospective clients seeking a personal trainer. They will also be able to demonstrate proper communication skills when dealing with clients and understand how nutrition has an impact on exercise performance.

Job Roles

Fitness Trainer, Health Club Manager, Personal Trainer, Recreation Director, and Corporate Wellness Coordinator


Healthcare, Fitness, Recreation, and Education


Athletic Trainer

$56,160 Annually
National Average $52,230 annually

Group Fitness Instructor

$53,710 Annually
National Average $45,650 annually

Employment and wage data by occupation are based on the Occupational Employment Statistics (OES) survey, which collects information from approximately 51,000 businesses. labor.ny.gov


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Rockland Community College, State University of New York, offers a safe, supportive learning environment for thousands of students from diverse backgrounds. RCC has become the “first choice” for parents and students. Thanks to our affordable tuition, students can save $100,000 on a college education by starting at RCC and transferring to outstanding four-year colleges.