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 remain 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.

The Certificate in Fitness Instruction is approved for international students (F-1 student visa).

International applicants must demonstrate English language proficiency by submitting test scores from either TOEFL, IELTS or iTEP. Some applicants may be exempt from this requirement if certain criteria are met. 

English language proficiency (minimum*):

  • TOEFL iBT: 91
  • IELTS Academic: 6.5 overall
  • iTEP Academic-Plus: 5.0 
*Admitted international students whose test scores are below 100 on TOEFL iBT, 7.0 on the IELTS Academic, or 5.1 on the iTEP Academic-Plus will be required to take Advanced Academic Writing and Presentation Skills.

International students must be enrolled in at least three courses of the certificate program by the first day of each quarter to maintain student visa status. Students must take a minimum of two courses in the classroom and take no more than one online course while enrolled in the certificate program. See page two of our certificate planner for a recommended schedule.

Learn more:

Academic Requirements & English Language Proficiency

International Students: How to Apply

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