Strength & Conditioning Certificate


There is a growing need for individuals entering the exercise and fitness professions to have greater competency in providing specialized programming in the area of strength training and conditioning. The Strength and Conditioning Certificate provides the basic knowledge required to sit for the National Strength and Conditioning Association’s (NSCA) Certified Strength and Conditioning Specialist exam. In addition, the certificate prepares one to succeed on the NSCA Certified Personal Trainer examination and the American Council on Exercise’s (ACE) Certified Personal Trainer examination.

The Strength and Conditioning Certificate incorporates the basic kinesiology curriculum with a number of courses that focus on the application of fundamental principles of exercise and strength training.

The program may be taken concurrently by undergraduate students at UWM or as a post-baccalaureate educational certificate program.

Academic Advising

Professional advisors provide information and guidance to help students make informed educational decisions. Students are encouraged to meet with an advisor at least once each semester. To schedule an advising appointment, call the Office of Student Affairs appointment line: (414) 229-2758.


Required Courses Offered Credits
KIN 230
(HMS 230)
Health Aspects of Exercise & Nutrition
Prerequisites: none
F/S 3
KIN 320
(HMS 320)
Prerequisites: BIO SCI 202, PHYSICS 120
F/S/Su 3
KIN 330
(HMS 330)
Exercise Physiology
Prerequisites: BIO SCI 203, CHEM 100
F/Su 4
KIN 336
(HMS 336)
Principles of Strength Training
Prerequisites: KIN 330 (HMS 330)
S 3
KIN 430
(HMS 430)
Exercise Testing for Fitness Assessment & Exercise Prescription
Prerequisites: KIN 330 (HMS 330), KIN 350 (HMS 350)
S 3
KIN 480
(HMS 480)
Organization & Administration in the Fitness Industry
Prerequisites: KIN 320 (HMS 320), KIN 330 (HMS 330), KIN 350 (HMS 350)
F 3
KIN 481
(HMS 481)
Program Development & Evaluation in Exercise and Fitness
Prerequisites: KIN 270 (HMS 270), KIN 320 (HMS 320), KIN 330 (HMS 330), KIN 350 (HMS 350), KIN 480 (HMS 480)
S 3
Total: 22

F = Fall semester offering    S = Spring semester offering
Su = Summer session offering

NOTE: Completion of this academic program alone does not afford credentials as a “Certified Strength Coach.” Individuals must pass a national certification exam.

If you are interested...

Students must submit a form declaring their intent to pursue the Certificate in Strength and Conditioning. It is recommended that the student meet with an advisor who can assist in planning the sequence of coursework. Forms are available in the College of Health Sciences Office of Student Affairs, Northwest Quadrant Building B, Room 6451. To make an appointment with the advisor for this program, call (414) 229-2758.

Related Programs

Students interested in pursuing a career in the health and fitness industry may wish to examine one of the various degree programs or other certificate programs offered at UWM. Degree programs include the Bachelor of Science in:

  • Athletic Training
  • Kinesiology

This certificate program is subject to federal gainful employment regulations. For more information please visit

See also: Gainful Employment Certificate Disclosure Information