Exercise Science & Personal Training

Your Future in Fitness

Certificate of Completion

Associate in Applied Science

Since 1985, fitness professionals have received comprehensive training and certification at GCC. 

National Strength & Conditioning Association Education Recognition Program

We are one of the first colleges in the U.S. to offer a Personal Trainer certification. Our program, which combines lectures and hands-on lessons, is taught by instructors with master’s degrees and years of industry experience. ap_color_small.gif


Fitness professionals can earn continuing education (C.E.) credits in many of our personal training and nutrition courses.

National Academy of Sports Medicine  

Transfer and Continue Your Fitness Education

Start at GCC, then build on AAS degree coursework to complete a degree in Recreation and Wellness, Kinesiology, Health Science, Physical Education, Exercise Science or Athletic Training.
Maricopa's university transfer partners will accept your AAS credits as a block so that you are at least halfway to your bachelor’s degree upon transferring.  See the Maricopa Exercise Science transfer brochure (.pdf) for more information.

What Skills Do I Need To Succeed in Personal Fitness?

  • Communication: deliver a message that’s well received
  • Leadership: be an ethical role model who’s able to instruct
  • Knowledge of the human body: understand physiology, anatomy, nutrition, weight management, and general strength and fitness principles
  • Knowledge of legal issues, emergency procedures, CPR certification, fitness equipment
  • Ability to perform health screenings and program development for all ages and fitness levels

What Do Fitness Professionals Do on the Job?

Fitness professionals design fitness programs and supervise workouts for clients who want to improve their fitness level in a safe, motivated and effective manner. Opportunities include Personal Training, Strength and Conditioning, Youth and Senior Fitness, Group Exercise, Weight Management, Health Coaching, Corporate Wellness and Club Management.


P1Kids Health and Fitness Program Wants You!
P1Kids Health and Fitness Program is seeking coaches/trainers/interns to lead fourth and fifth graders in the Isaac Elementary School District through the physical activity P1Kids Curriculum. For more information, please visit our Job Hotlink page.

Support Exercise Science and Personal Training Students
Donate to the GCC Exercise Science Fund and assist students preparing to become fitness professionals. You can make a difference by donating online or by check. Please indicate the name GCC Exercise Science Fund and fund number 4185-1.



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