Strength and Conditioning Graduate Certificate

The Strength and Conditioning Graduate Certificate is designed for post-baccalaureate students who want to become a certified strength and conditioning professional or want to learn more about the human body as it pertains to sport performance. Many sport coaches (middle school, high school, and college level) are required to design and implement strength and conditioning programs for their sport teams without much, if any, experience in the area of physiology and sport performance. The result is often a poorly designed training program, which ultimately could lead to injuries, over training and/or decline in performance. One of the many benefits to this certificate is the possibility to complete 100% online depending on the courses you select (see below). This certificate will provide the individual with current standards and training methods in strength and conditioning to help assess, monitor and design well-rounded training programs with the primary emphasis on enhancing athletic performance in athletes of all ages.  

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Why a Strength and Conditioning Graduate Certificate?
  • Improve understanding/knowledge of athletic performance
  • Exposure to current resistance training/conditioning methods
  • Demonstrates credibility to current/future employers in area of strength and conditioning
  • Helps prepare for National Strength and Conditioning Association Certified Strength and Conditioning Specialist (NSCA CSCS)
  • Able to be completed 100% online depending on electives that are selected
Certification Requirements

Required Courses (6 credit hours)

KINS 6603 Performance Physiology (offered Fall semester – online)

KINS 6643 Design & Implementation of Human Performance Programs (offered Spring semester – online)

Electives (9 credit hours – choose three electives)

KINS 6613 Methods of Human Performance I (offered Summer & Fall – in-person)

KINS 6633 Methods of Human Performance II (offered Summer & Spring – in-person)

KINS 6653 Sports Nutrition (offered Spring semester – online)

KINS 6623 Advanced Sport & Exercise Psychology (offered Spring semester – online)

KINS 6673: Athlete Monitoring (offered Summer & Fall – in person)

KINS 6823 Administration Health & Human Services (offered Fall semester – online)

Total: 15 credits

Program Coordinator

Strength and Conditioning Graduate Certificate

jacob grazer

Jacob Grazer

Assistant Professor - Exercise Science
333 Health Sciences Building

PhD, Sport Physiology and Performance, East Tennessee State University 


Athlete Monitoring, Sport Technology, Accentuated Eccentric Loading


Dr. Grazer has been at Georgia College since 2016 after completing his PhD in Sport Physiology and Performance from East Tennessee State University. Since his arrival, he has taught major courses in the B.S. Exercise Science program as well as graduate courses in the M.S. Health & Human Performance degree program. He brings with him instructional expertise in the discipline of movement sciences and also brings professional practice expertise through his work as a sport scientist for various college-level athletic teams. Dr. Grazer also works closely with other SHHP faculty and students at both the UG and graduate levels and mentors graduate students in collaboration with GC Athletics to assist GC in becoming a preeminent NCAA Division II model for athlete monitoring. Dr. Grazer serves on the Georgia State Advisory Board for the NSCA to help further the development of strength and conditioning at the state level in GA by hosting events and collaborating with others in the Southeast region. His qualifications also include being a Certified Strength and Conditioning Specialist (CSCS) through the National Strength and Conditioning Association (NSCA) as well as a Level 1 Coach through USA Weightlifting.