Fitness Instruction

​​​​​​This program is ideal for those who want to join the fitness profession’s most elite, highly-paid ranks as well as fitness enthusiasts and those seeking to change careers.

This program is perfect for...

  • Personal trainers
  • Fitness coaches
  • Allied health professionals who want to add a lucrative specialty to their practice
  • Yoga, Pilates, and other group exercise instructors
  • Those planning to apply for an advanced degree

What you can learn.

  • Human anatomy, nutrition, physiology, and exercise physiology
  • Fitness testing and health/risk appraisal
  • Resistance training fundamentals
  • Exercise prescription, program design, and coaching techniques

What our students say about our certificates.

What our certificates have done for our students.


feel a certificate helped them enhance their careers

1 in 4

received a salary increase after starting a certificate program


switched careers after completing a certificate program


recommend a certificate program to others

Source: UCLA Extension Certificate Graduates Survey

The practical experience we gained from the Fitness Testing course is so valuable. I appreciated it even more after actually starting to work in the industry.

Alper Bekdogan
Fitness Instruction Certificate Graduate


Click below to view the required and elective courses, if applicable, for this program.

Physiology Requirement
Students must complete one of the two courses below.
PHYSCI X 400.6
Typically Offered: Fall, Winter, Spring, Summer
Typically Offered: Fall, Winter, Spring, Summer
Required Courses
Students must complete all of the courses below.
Typically Offered: Fall, Winter, Spring, Summer
Typically Offered: Fall, Winter, Spring, Summer
Typically Offered: Fall, Winter, Spring, Summer
Typically Offered: Fall
Typically Offered: Winter
Students must complete two of the courses below.
COM HLT X 404.7
Typically Offered: Spring
COM HLT X 421.1
Typically Offered: Summer
Typically Offered: Fall
COM HLT X 451.1
Typically Offered: Fall
COM HLT X 457.4
Typically Offered: Winter
COM HLT X 457.5
Typically Offered: Spring

Program Start:

  • Domestic students may start this program in any quarter.
  • International students must start in fall quarter in order to be F-1 visa compliant.

Additional international student recommendations and requirements can be found below.

Estimated Cost Breakdown

All courses in this program are paid for individually, unless otherwise noted. An application form is required to establish candidacy in this program. From the 'Apply Now' button, complete the online application and pay the application fee if applicable.

Application & Candidacy Fee


Estimated Program Tuition


Estimated program textbook/materials


*The Application & Candidacy Fee establishes your candidacy in the program for a period of time covering normal progress toward completion and may allow you to access a variety of program benefits.

**Federal Financial Aid Gainful Employment Disclosures

The U.S. Department of Education requires colleges and universities to disclose certain information for any financial aid eligible program that, “prepares students for gainful employment in a recognized occupation”. This information includes program costs; occupations that the program prepares students to enter; occupational profiles; on time completion rate; and for the most recent award year: the number of students who have completed the program, the number of students who complete the program within the estimated duration, the job placement rate, and the median Title IV and private loan debt incurred by those who complete the program. For gainful employment information for this program, visit our Financial Aid page.

This certificate is approved for international students (F-1 student visa).

Students participating in courses offered solely by UCLA Extension must meet the English Language Requirements outlined below. Any international student interested in taking classes on UCLA’s main campus must adhere to the English Requirements outlined for UCLA courses.

Acceptable tests and minimum scores

Scores that are equal to or higher than the listed minimum scores from the following tests, taken within the past two years, can satisfy the English proficiency requirement.

  • TOEFL: 80 (iBT)
  • IELTS: 6.5
  • iTEP: 4.5
  • CAE: B (CEFR C1)
  • CPE: C (CEFR C2)
  • TOEIC: 685
  • DUOLINGO (DET): 105

While no other type of test score is accepted in general, students who are affected by test center closures may request an exception to submit an alternate test score.

International Baccalaureates (IB) students or students currently enrolled in an academic institution where the primary language of instruction is English may submit an official academic transcript or verification of enrollment from their school as proof of English proficiency.

Learn more:

International Students: How to Apply

Academic Requirements & English Language Proficiency

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