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Certifications for Students

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

How to register for Exams:

First: Check the schedule online with Counseling and Testing Services. (Contact Counseling and Testing Services is located across the hall from the Technology Resource Center). You may also contact them by phone at 507-537-7150, to verify date and time.

Then: Register for the specific test, day and time during the online registration process with Counseling and Testing Services.


  • 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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