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Behavior Change Specialist (NASM-BCS)

Gain the tools to implement positive behavioral changes in your clients

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Course Highlights

  • 1.9 NASM CEUs (upon completion)
  • eBook
  • Application videos
  • Learning Activities
  • Quizzes
  • 1 Year to Complete the Final Exam
  • Final online exam





What You’ll Learn

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It's time to create authentic, long-lasting change in the lives of your clients. As an NASM Behavior Change Specialist, you’ll be able to do just that by learning how to identify the things that motivate your clients most and how to use them to build sustainable results.

You'll learn tactics and tools such as effective goal setting, behavior change techniques, cognitive behavior therapy techniques, effective imagery, interpersonal and social influences on behavior change, and more. Once complete, you’ll be equipped with everything necessary to help your clients reach goals they never thought they could.

Enroll today and start helping your clients do things they never thought possible.


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Why Become a Behavior Change Specialist?

  • The Best Research-Based Program on the Market
  • Downloadable 9 Module Behavior Change Manual
  • Master the three stages of Goal Setting
  • Customize Techniques to Clients Personality, and Identity
  • Design programs that can yield quicker, more effective results, and help to raise client retention
  • Ability to adjust training methods as your clients progress in their training

Why Choose NASM

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For almost 40 years, the National Academy of Sports Medicine (NASM) and our trainers have worked with clients and motivated them to reach the highest goals. From professional athletes to weekend warriors, our scientifically backed methods have driven results.

We have leveraged all of that experience and attention to detail in designing our Behavior Change Specialization to ensure you help your clients get results. By developing long-lasting and healthy habits for your clients, you’ll not only be changing their lives but boosting your business.

NASM is the leader in the fitness certification and specializations for a reason: we get results. Our Behavior Change Specialization was created using the same principles and methods that have made us the industry's gold standard for decades. Find out what tens of thousands of fitness professionals already know and start helping your clients make lifelong changes today!

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Boost your client base and increase your earning potential.

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Design exercise programs that help clients successfully achieve long term weight loss goals.

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There are no prerequisites for this course. Although the course is primarily intended for personal trainers, coaches and other fitness/health professionals, there is no requirement that you be one to take the course.

Chapter 1: The Obesity Epidemic
Understand the difference between being overweight and obese, as well as the reasons why this has become a globally increasing concern.

Chapter 2: Health Effects of Obesity and Exercise Guidelines for Comorbidities
Define the comorbidities that are linked to obesity, the effects of common medications on exercise, and exercise guidelines for working with clients who have health problems.

Chapter 3: The Physiology of Weight Control
Understand the physiological components of weight loss and weight gain, and provide education about the rationale for weight control.

Chapter 4: The Psychology of Weight Control
Learn psychological obstacles that individuals face, strategies to handle them, and goal-setting techniques.

Chapter 5: Fitness Assessment
Find out how to implement assessments and use the findings to create a program for your client's needs.

Chapter 6: Nutrition Strategies for Weight Loss
Understand evidence-based guidelines for weight loss and nutritional recommendations.

Chapter 7: Basic Training Methodologies for Weight Loss
Learn how cardiorespiratory and resistance training, as well as other training methodologies can assist with accomplishing weight loss goals.

Chapter 8: Avoiding and Breaking Plateaus
Find out the scientific rationale behind weight loss plateaus and how to suggest appropriate goals.

Chapter 9: Weight Management Myths
Understand weight management myths and how to educate clients on the truths behind them.

Chapter 10: Weight Loss Programming Application
Learn how to implement a long-term weight loss plan, and prepare for client compliance challenges and strategies for resolution.

Chapter 11: Legal and Ethical Responsibilities
Understand a Weight Loss Specialist's scope of practice for providing nutritional advice and how to provide proper documentation.

Chapter 12: Marketing Your Services.
Learn the basics of marketing and how to develop an effective plan to market your weight management services.

After the completion of the course, you will take an online final exam from the comfort of your own home, or wherever you prefer to take tests, that consists of 100 questions. Each question will be multiple-choice. The exam is timed and cannot exceed 90 minutes. To pass, you need a score of 70% or higher. Don’t fret though, if you score below that, you have up to 3 attempts to pass.

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"I've been a trainer specializing in weight loss and quick, efficient workouts for busy people who want to be healthier since 2006. The Weight Loss Specialization course simplified the information I like to pass along to help people reach their goals. The programming part of the course showed many modifications (which I love and use often for my clients). The bonus materials provided helped me streamline my 12 week signature plan and gave me a few new ideas to help people with shorter term (less than 6 months) goals. Overall, I recommend NASM for all certifications and the Weight Loss Specialist course is fantastic for any trainer who wants to help people lose weight and/or find ways to make consistently great choices for a healthier body and improved life."


Sabrina P., WA

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"The NASM WLS was very intriguing and allowed me to diversify my portfolio. I originally took the course to help my overweight clients, but in taking the course, I have became empowered, and want to play a role in the fight against obesity. As a person from the Southeastern United States, obesity is something I see everyday. It is something I grew up around. I want to help educate as many people as I can about healthy eating and strategies for weight control. As a fitness professional, I feel it is my duty. I am very glad I took this course and got the certification. It is worth the money!"


Melissa H., NC

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"This course really builds upon the weight loss education that certified personal trainers already learn. I feel much better prepared now to dive in to helping my clients lose weight. I also feel more confident in helping overweight and obese clients now."


Amy S., TX

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You will have 1 year from the day of enrollment to take your final exam. Although the exams expire, you will maintain access to the content for 5 years or the life of the product; whichever expires first. This allows you to go back and reference the rich course content while working with clients.

No, you do not need to renew your NASM Weight Loss Specialization. Once you pass your final exam, your NASM-WLS specialization certificate never expires.

You will have 3 attempts to pass the final exam.
No, is it not required to take the Weight Loss Specialization program.
You can earn 1.9 NASM CEUs upon successfully passing the final exam.
The final exam is administered online within your student portal. It consists of 100 multiple-choice questions and 90 minutes for completion.


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