Become a Youth Fitness Specialist

About the Certificate

Nearly 1 in 3 (ages 2-19) are obese in the United States. PE hardly exists in our school systems anymore. Our goal is to provide fitness professionals with the knowledge, skills and abilities to safely and effectively work with youth. A physical fitness specialist works to effectively plan, design, implement and monitor safe and effective exercise programs for youth.

Continuing Education Units (CEUs): 0.8 units.

Prerequisites: Must be 18 years or older with a valid photo ID and valid CPR card.

What Can You Expect To Learn?

  • Define physical activity, exercise and physical fitness
  • Additional dynamic flexibility movements
  • How to measure and track physical fitness levels in children and adolescents
  • Strength and cardiovascular development in children and youth.

The Youth Fitness Trainer Course includes:

  • 140 page Youth Fitness Training manual.
  • Online educational videos that go along with the course.
  • Children's PAR-Q Screening Form
  • Example of Informed Consent for Children
  • The National Council for Certified Personal Trainers (0.8 CEUs)
  • Final Exam*
  • *Exam is proctored through

Exam Information

  • This Youth Fitness exam is given via a live proctor through Proctor fee paid at time of scheduling.
  • You will have 6 months to take your exam, after which a late fee will apply.
  • A government photo ID and a valid CPR card are required.
  • You will be given 120 minutes to take the 88 question exam.
  • You must score a 75% or higher to pass
  • Retake exams must be purchased separately.

Course Supplements

Instructional Manual


Study Guide


Sample Test


About the Author

Scott Roberts was born and raised in Northern California. He received his Bachelor of Arts degree in Exercise Physiology from California State University, Chico in 1986. In 1988 he received his Master of Science degree in Exercise Physiology from California State University, Sacramento. Prior to starting his Ph.D., he worked at Roseville Hospital and CHART Sports Medicine Clinic, both located in the Sacramento area.

In 1995 he received his Doctor of Philosophy in Exercise Physiology from the University of New Mexico. Prior to coming back to Chico State, Scott taught at Texas Tech University in Lubbock, Texas and at Central Washington University in Ellensburg Washington. His primary area of expertise is in Clinical and Pediatric Exercise Physiology. Prior to coming to William Jessup University he served as the Program Coordinator for the Exercise Physiology Program and Chair of the Department at C.S.U., Chico. He is a fellow in both the American College of Sports Medicine and the American Association of Cardiovascular and Pulmonary Rehabilitation.

He is currently Professor and Chair of the Kinesiology at William Jessup University. His current interests include Faith-Based Fitness and Wellness and Youth Fitness. He is the current Past-Chairman of the Board of Directors for the local American Heart Association and a former member of the national Board of Directors of the American Association of Cardiovascular and Pulmonary Rehabilitation. Scott has written numerous books, chapters, and articles on topics ranging from strength training for children and adolescents to exercise guidelines for pacemakers and AICDs.


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