NASM Weight Loss Specialist (WLS) (Voucher Included)

The Weight Loss Specialist course holds relevance within the health and fitness industry, in particular weight loss. Weight loss is a serious subject that affects many people on a day-to-day basis. As you progress through the course, you will master the art of program design addressing an array of behavior change goals, learn how to create unique programs designed for specific client needs, and become an expert on avoiding weight loss obstacles. You will also learn to help clients anticipate...

6 Months / 80 Course Hrs
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NASM Weight Loss Specialist (WLS) (Voucher Included)

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Course code: GES1039

What you will learn

  • The obesity epidemic
  • The science of weight loss
  • Client assessments
  • The weight loss coaching process

How you will benefit

  • Possess an additional specialization for an existing portfolio, thus bolstering marketability
  • Demonstrate a deeper level of competence in the subject of weight loss
  • Obtain all necessary CEUs to renew the NASM Certified Personal Trainer (CPT) certification

How the course is taught

  • Self-paced, online course
  • 6 Months to complete
  • Open enrollment, begin anytime
  • 80 course hours
  1. Introduction to the NASM Weight Loss Specialist
    1. Introduction
    2. Scope of Practice
  2. The Obesity Epidemic
    1. The State of Obesity
    2. The Physiology of Obesity
    3. Psychosocial and Obesity
  3. The Science of Weight Loss
    1. Metabolism
    2. Nutrition and Supplementation
    3. The Impact of Exercise on Weight Loss
    4. Psychology of Weight Loss
  4. Client Assessments
    1. The Client Intake Process
    2. Conducting Fitness Assessments
  5. The Weight Loss Coaching Process
    1. Nutrition Coaching Strategies for Weight Loss
    2. Fitness Coaching Strategies for Weight Loss
    3. Integrating Nutrition and Fitness with Weight Loss Client
    4. Weight Maintenance and Sustainability

This is not an instructor facilitated course; however, support will be provided through email, online forms, and phone.


There are no prerequisite to complete this course.


Hardware Requirements:

  • This course can be taken on either a PC, Mac, or Chromebook.

Software Requirements:

  • PC: Windows 10 or later.
  • Mac: macOS 10.15.7 or later.
  • Browser: The latest version of Google Chrome or Mozilla Firefox are preferred. Microsoft Edge and Safari are also compatible.
  • Adobe Acrobat Reader
  • Software must be installed and fully operational before the course begins.


  • Email capabilities and access to a personal email account.

Instructional Material Requirements:

The instructional materials required for this course are included in enrollment and will be available online.

Yes, you will be prepared to sit for the Weight Loss Specialist (WLS) online exam through NASM.

This course is open enrollment, so you can register and start the course whenever you are ready. Access to your course can take 24-48 business hours.

After you register, you will receive 6 months to complete the course. The time allotted for completion has been calculated based on the number of course hours.

The time allotted for course completion has been calculated based on the number of course hours. However, if you are unable to complete the course, contact the student advising team to see what options you may have available to work out a suitable completion date. Please note that an extension fee may be charged.

Our courses are designed to accommodate various learning preferences. Depending on the course structure, you may get different forms of support. Self-paced courses are designed to be user-friendly and independent, minimizing the need for external support. In courses with instructors, our direct platform support feature includes opportunities for questions, discussions, and remediation, with email and phone support available for select courses. Our student advising team is available to guide you on program requirements and administrative requests, but they do not provide assistance with course content. Our goal is to provide you with the necessary support for success, whether it's through self-paced exploration, direct communication, or guidance from our advising team.

Upon successfully passing the final exam, you will be awarded a certificate of completion from the school or organization that you registered through.

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