ONLINE PROFESSIONAL CERTIFICATE
The Personal Training and Group Exercise Training for Older Adults is a comprehensive Web-based program (with an Optional Field Internship course) designed to establish a national standard to ensure the development of safe and effective exercise programs for older adults by personal trainers, allied health/medical and fitness professionals, and the general public. The certificate program has been designed to incorporate curriculum standards from the " International Curriculum Guidelines for Preparing Physical Activity Instructors of Older Adults" in collaboration with and endorsed by the World Health Organization. The program will supply essential educational pathways and job opportunities to begin a career working with senior/older adults in the emerging fitness/health industry; for established fitness professionals who desire advanced education in working with older adults; and for allied health and medical professionals from all fields seeking to design specialized exercise and wellness programs for their older adult clients and patients.
Graduating students will be prepared for a career working with older adults at senior centers, medically-based fitness facilities, retirement communities, YMCA/JCC’s, hospitals, community wellness programs, personal training studios, physical therapy clinics, long-term care facilities, corporate fitness centers, collegiate settings, and private and commercial health clubs. In addition, the certificate will also prepare individual 50+ exercise enthusiasts in the development of a personalized program based on current research and organizational guidelines.
The program is offered in partnership with the International Council on Active Aging (ICAA), the American Senior Fitness Association (SFA), the Aquatic Exercise Association (AEA) , and Healthways SilverSneakers® Fitness Program. Graduating students will receive preferred discounts for the SFA's certification exams (Senior Personal Trainer Certification or the Senior Fitness Instructor Certification), the AEA's certification exam (Aquatic Exercise Association Fitness Professional Certification), and for Healthways Instructor Accreditation for Older Adult Exercise. In addition, the ICAA has provided content/curriculum for the program.
Who Should Attend
Workplace Advantages and Benefits
To earn the certificate you are required to complete all four core courses. You may also elect to take the optional field internship course. The four core courses are offered in a two-module format; the modules consist of two courses each that may be taken at the same time. You are not required to take the courses in any order; however it is highly recommended that you begin with the two courses in module 1: Socio-Physiological Aspects of Aging & Designing Older Adult Exercise Programs. You may also register for individual courses if desired. The two-module series is scheduled on a rolling basis, so you can enroll whenever you are ready.
Award of the Certificate:
To receive the certificate, students must:
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Last modified on 10/24/2014.