Among other things, the Certificate in Strength and Conditioning provides the basic knowledge required to sit for the National Strength and Conditioning Association’s (NSCA) Certified Strength and Conditioning Specialist Exam.

Like a departmental minor, certificate programs offer a specific academic focus but differ by being interdisciplinary, allowing students to combine related courses in different disciplines to explore a common theme.

Why choose us?

  • UWM’s College of Health Sciences is widely known for its excellent teaching and student learning environment, innovative research programs, community engagement and service to various health care professions.
  • 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 Certificate in Strength and Conditioning prepares you to succeed on the NSCA Certified Personal Trainer Examination and the American Council on Exercise’s (ACE) Certified Personal Trainer Examination.



The Certificate in Strength and Conditioning 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.

Required Courses

Course NumberCourse NameOfferedCredits
Total Credits:22
KIN 230Health Aspects of Exercise & Nutrition
Prerequisites: none
KIN 320Biomechanics
Prerequisites: BIO SCI 202, PHYSICS 120
KIN 330Exercise Physiology
Prerequisites: BIO SCI 203, CHEM 100
KIN 336Principles of Strength TrainingS3
KIN 430Exercise Testing for Fitness Assessment & Exercise Prescription
KIN 480Organization & Administration in the Fitness Industry
KIN 481Program Development & Evaluation in Exercise and Fitness

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

Frequently Asked Questions

Frequently Asked Questions

How do I know if the Certificate in Strength and Conditioning is a good fit for me?

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, contact:

College of Health Sciences
Office of Student Affairs
Northwest Quadrant Building B, Room 6451
Milwaukee, WI 53201
(414) 229-2758

How can I apply?

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.

College of Health Sciences
Office of Student Affairs
Northwest Quadrant Building B, Room 6451
Milwaukee, WI 53201
(414) 229-2758

Is there a deadline to apply?

No, the enrollment period is rolling. You can apply at any time. Deadlines only surround class schedules.

Am I a “Certified Strength Coach” after completing this Certificate Program?

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

Can I apply this Certificate toward a degree?

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

How much does the Certificate Program cost?

Tuition fee information may be found at the UWM Business and Financial Services Office under Tuition and Fees information.

How long do I have to complete the Certificate Program?

Students must complete all certificate courses within 3 years of initial enrollment in the certificate program.