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Certifications for Students

American College of Sports Medicine (ACSM) and National Strength and Conditioning Association (NSCA) exams are available through Mental Health Counseling Center.

How to Register for Exams:

First: Check the schedule online with Mental Health Counseling Center. Be sure to verify testing date and time. 

Then: Register for the specific test, day, and time using the online registration process with Mental Health Counseling Center.


  • ACSM Certified Personal Trainer® (CPT) -- Certified Personal Trainers develop and implement safe, effective exercise programs to help healthy individuals accomplish their fitness goals.
  • ACSM Certified Health Fitness SpecialistSM (HFS) -- Health Fitness Specialists, slightly more advanced in degree than a personal trainer, work with individuals who have medically controlled diseases.
  • ACSM Certified Group Exercise InstructorSM (GEI) -- Group Exercise Instructors teach effective, enjoyable group exercise classes and are able to modify exercises based on group needs.
  • ACSM membership $10 student – save $60 on exam


  • Certified Strength and Conditioning Specialists (CSCS)
  • Certified Special Populations Specialists (CSPS)
  • NSCA Certified Personal Trainers (NSCA-CPT)
  • Tactical Strength and Conditioning Facilitators (TSCA-F)
  • NSCA membership $65 student –save up to $135 on exam

For more information regarding additional certifications or exams available, check with an Exercise Science professor.

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