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Sports Nutrition Certification

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Program Description

​Sports Nutrition Fitness Trainers coach or instruct groups or individuals in exercise activities. Demonstrate techniques and form, observe participants, and explain to them corrective measures necessary to improve their skills. Work in athletic centers or gyms, senior centers, recreation centers, or private client’s homes.

Program Outcomes

Upon successful completion of this Continuing Education Workforce Certificate, students will be able to:

  1. function more effectively as a sports nutrition fitness trainer to provide nutritional guidance for athletes suffering from illness or injury;
  2. create customized nutrition plans for athletes to help them achieve both dietary and professional goals;
  3. conduct individual assessments to perform body composition testing, and metabolic rate testing to design a plan to improve metabolic efficiency and performance;
  4. meet the eligibility requirements to be certified as a sports nutrition fitness trainer through AAAI/ISMA;
  5. maintain a level of client confidentiality, personal integrity, and professional standards;
  6. continue employment as a sports nutrition fitness trainer and pursue options to maintain the American Aerobic Association International/International Sports Medicine Association (AAAI/ISMA); and
  7. assume responsibility for continued professional and personal development through lifelong learning or continuing education. 

CCBC Pathway

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Program Credential

CCBC Credential: Students will have access to a Continuing Education academic record (transcript).

External Credential: Successful completer will receive a fitness certification from the American Aerobic Association International/International Sports Medicine Association (AAAI/ISMA)

Certifying Organization: American Aerobic Association International/International Sports Medicine Association (AAAI/ISMA) www.aaai-ismafitness.com

Financial Aid and Payment Options

We offer financial aid by packaging public and private funding options to those who qualify, in select Continuing Education courses and programs. Additional opportunities for financial support include partial payment options through Nelnet Business Solutions and tuition waivers for those who qualify. Resources outside of CCBC may also be available through employer/sponsor paid tuition,  the Department of Rehabilitation Services (DORS), and your local office of workforce development.

Length of Training

7 hours per course to complete the class and written exam

Courses are offered at CCBC Catonsville, CCBC Essex, and CCBC Owings Mills.​

Program Requirements

​Current CPR, Automated External Defibrillator (AED) and First Aid certifications.

Students should be computer literate and have Internet access.

Recommended: High School Diploma or GED; prior experience and/or interest in fitness and nutrition.

Application Process

Provisional Entry – Verification of required certifications.​​

Prior Learning Assessment

This program has no options for obtaining course waiver(s) for prior learning.

Program Course Sequence

A stringent attendance policy will be enforced.

Students who earn a minimum score of 80% on the written exam and a passing grade of ”CC” for completing the course will receive their certification.​

Course Number

Course Title

Course Hours

Textbook Information

(approximate cost; subject to change)



FIT 696

Sports Nutrition Certification


Nutrition Essentials by Joe Cannon. Cost $29, must be purchased prior to start of class.




Additional Information

Skills for Success:

​Previous work-related skill, knowledge, or experience in health and fitness is required for these occupations. Employees in these occupations usually need one or two years of training involving both on-the-job experience and informal training with experienced personal trainers or fitness instructors.

​Detail-oriented, dependability, self-control, ability to follow safety rules, ability to follow directions, cooperation, integrity, persistence, manual dexterity, mechanical aptitude, mathematical aptitude, ability to stand for long periods of time and ability to lift 35 pounds. Excellent communication and customer service skills.

Career Opportunities:

Train to work in entry-level skilled positions such as Personal Fitness Trainer, Aerobics Instructor, Fitness Instructor, Group Fitness Instructor, Group Exercise Instructor, Fitness Coordinator, Fitness Director, Fitness Technician, Fitness Trainer and Private Trainer.​​

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Program Contact Information

Coordinator: LaVerne Robertson | lrobertson@ccbcmd.edu | 443-840-1253 | BESS 124

Director: Michelle McCallum | mmccallum@ccbcmd.edu | 443-840-1925 | BESS 117​

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