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Fitness Trainer Program earns accreditation

By   Erin Wood
05 /30/2013

The Fitness Trainer Technician (FiTT) program at Lake Region State College has received initial accreditation from the Commission on Accreditation of Allied Health Education Programs (CAAHEP).

A recent peer review conducted by the Committee on Accreditation for the Exercise Sciences (CoAES) and CAAHEP’s Board of Directors recognizes the LRSC Fitness Trainer Technician program's substantial compliance with the nationally established accreditation standards. 

“We have been working hard since implementing the program two years ago to reach this accreditation goal,” said Tammy Riggin, M.S., instructor for the FiTT program.

“This program provides students with a solid foundation of anatomy and physiology, nutrition and exercise science theory and skills. Graduates are very well prepared to work in the fitness industry,” Darling said.

Accreditation standards are established by CAAHEP, CoAES, American College of Sports Medicine, American Council on Exercise, American Kinesiotherapy Association, Cooper Institute, and National Academy of Sports Medicine. As part of the application process, approximately 300 objectives must be met and accounted for through documentation. The KSA’s that are required must be taught within the program curriculum.Riggin noted that one area that makes the program stand out is the focus on nutrition.

“Consumers are getting smarter and seeking trainers that are certified and educated in all components of healthy living,” Riggin said.

The industry recognizes consumer demand and Riggin has already received phone calls inquiring about placement for their spring graduates.

"Our students who graduated this spring not only were the first graduating class of the program, but will also be able to put on their résumé that they graduated from an accredited program,” Riggin said.

The CoAES will regularly monitor the program’s compliance with the outcomes assessment thresholds through the program’s annual report and other documentation.  For more information on the Fitness Trainer Technician program at LRSC visit their website at