As health care costs and life expectancies increase, our society places an increasing value on physical fitness and healthy lifestyles. More people are turning to sports and fitness professionals to assist and educate them in maintaining a healthy lifestyle.

The LCCC Exercise and Fitness Program can train you to work in one of several professional roles helping people improve their personal fitness and health. Jobs can include working in cardiac rehabilitation, corporate fitness centers, health clubs, recreation centers and as a personal trainer.

National certification is highly desirable for those interested in becoming a fitness professional. There are many different certifying organizations specific to the various types of sports and activities, and their training requirements vary depending on their standards. The LCCC program recommends American Council on Exercise (ACE), American College of Sports Medicine (ACSM), Aerobics and Fitness Association of America (AFAA), National Strength and Conditioning Association (NSCA) certification, the Cooper Institute for Aerobics Research examinations, National Council on Strength and Fitness (NCSF) and Resistance Training Specialist (RTS 1,2,3).

The Exercise and Fitness program offers short-term certificates that can be earned in one semester as well as one-year certificates. Of course, you may choose to further your education beyond LCCC through our University Partnership or transfer programs.

Exercise & Fitness Programs at LCCC

Short-Term Technical Certificates

Group Exercise Instructor


One-Year Certificates

Activities Director

Personal Trainer


Associate Degree

Sports and Fitness Management

University Partnership

Our Exercise & Fitness Program courses are designed to transfer seamlessly to these university partnership programs:

   Bachelor of Science in Exercise Science from University of Akron

   Bachelor of Science in Sports Studies from University of Akron