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

Total Credits:22
KIN 230: Health Aspects of Exercise & Nutrition
Prerequisites: none
KIN 320: Biomechanics
Prerequisites: BIO SCI 202, PHYSICS 120
KIN 330: Exercise Physiology
Prerequisites: BIO SCI 203, CHEM 100
KIN 336: Principles of Strength Training
Prerequisites: KIN 320, 330; or cons instr.
KIN 430: Exercise Testing for Fitness Assessment & Exercise Prescription
Prerequisites: Junior standing; KIN 330 or cons instr; KIN 211 or current CPR/AED cert; KIN 350
KIN 480: Organization & Administration in the Fitness Industry
Prerequisites: Admission to KIN major or minor; or cons instr.
KIN 481: Program Development & Evaluation in Exercise and Fitness
Prerequisites: Junior standing; KIN 270; 320; 330; 350; 351; 430; 480; 460; 461; or cons instr.

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?

To apply to the Certificate in Strength & Conditioning, please email the CHS Office of Student Affairs, at

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.

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.