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Strength Training Certification

Pump Up Your Strength Training Skills in Just One Semester

With this microcredential, get the skills you'll need to take your certifying exam, work with clients and, potentially, run your own strength training & conditioning coaching business.



credits to earn your certification


semester of study for most students


continue at DCC and use your credits toward an associate degree

What You'll Study in Our Strength Training Certification Program

Our Strength Training and Conditioning Coach microcredential program prepares you to take certifying exams, so you'll graduate ready to get to work. You'll be able to design exercise programs and prescriptions according to individual needs — giving people the motivation to keep working toward their wellness and stress management goals.

If you're motivated to continue your education, the credits you earn can be a jump-start toward completing an associate degree in Exercise Science & Wellness.

Note: Students taking this microcredential may be eligible for NYS Part Time Tuition Assistance for Non-Degree Credentials. For more information email

Sample Courses

BIO 122: Nutrition
You'll study the role proper nutrition plays in gaining and maintaining good health

BUS 102: Foundation of Business
The basics of business, including legal aspects, marketing, bookkeeping, and social responsibility

ESW 205: Strength Training Certification
The final exam for this course is your strength training certifying exam


fitness center
personal trainer

Stackable Health & Fitness Microcredentials

  • Want to learn more? Consider DCC’s other health and fitness microcredentials, short-term programs you can complete one by one and later apply to an ESW degree.
  • Our personal trainer, sports nutrition, and strength training options teach skills you can put to work right away. Some prepare you to take national certifying exams.
  • Each requires three courses for a total of nine credits and can usually be finished in a semester.

Contact Us

Office of Admissions

101 Orcutt Student Services Center
Mon. - Fri., 8 a.m.-5 p.m.

Phone: (845) 431-8010

53 Pendell Road
Poughkeepsie, NY 12601