Fitness is a billion-dollar industry, and the public's interest and participation in fitness activities is growing every day, especially in California. Opportunities for qualified fitness trainers are plentiful in fitness centers, community health and wellness institutions, spas and more. If that sounds like your calling, then the OCC Career Advantage Fitness Specialist program can help. We will prepare you to become a fitness instructor, exercise testing technician, strength coach or personal trainer – and give you the foundation for advanced education in a bachelor’s degree or higher-level program. Ready to help others improve their lives through fitness? Read on to learn more.

A sampling of courses for these careers

  • Human Anatomy
  • Nutrition, Fitness, and Performance
  • Movement Analysis
  • Sports Medicine
  • Drugs and Sports


Did you know?

Employment of fitness trainers and instructors is projected to grow 10 percent from 2016 to 2026, faster than the average
for all occupations, according to the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics.

Program Details

Complete our certificate program, and you'll be well-prepared to enter a career in fitness – or earn an associate degree for even greater advancement opportunities.

Fitness Specialist

Prepare for a career in the health fitness industry as a personal trainer, group exercise instructor and/or strength and conditioning coach. Learn the scientific principles of exercise and physical conditioning, techniques for measuring human performance and methods for establishing healthy nutritional patterns and develop a strong understanding of the business aspects of personal training, including effective practices, professional ethics, marketing, record keeping, and communication. View program detail in course catalog.

Fitness Specialist

Complete the Fitness Specialist Certificate of Achievement and the Associate in Science graduation requirements to earn an associate degree. This program prepares you for a career in the health fitness industry as a personal trainer, group exercise instructor and/or strength and conditioning coach. View program detail in course catalog.

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Did you know?

According to the Bureau of Labor Statistics, people who have a certificate as
their highest level of education earned, on average, 20 percent more than
those whose highest education level is a high school diploma.

Our Team

Katie Ottoson
Katie Ottoson, M.S.
Counselor, CTE and
Career Services