If you're interested in developing safe and effective exercise programs for older adults, this Personal Training and Group Exercise Training for Older Adults Online course is for you! This course incorporates standards from the International Curriculum Guidelines for Preparing Physical Activity Instructors of Older Adults, in collaboration with and endorsed by the World Health Organization.
This course is suited for people who are interested in a career working with seniors and older adults in the health and fitness industry, for established fitness professionals who want advanced education in working with older adults, and for allied health and medical professionals from all fields who want to design specialized exercise and wellness programs for their older adult clients and patients. If you're an exercise enthusiast over 50, this course will also help you develop a personalized program to meet your own goals.
The course 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. After course completion, you will receive a complimentary one-year membership to the ICAA, which includes registration discounts for the annual International Active Aging Conference. In addition, you 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. You can also choose to participate in an Optional Field Internship Program to get practical experience in the profession. Internships are six weeks, 60 hours long. Graduating students will be prepared for a career working with older adults at senior centers, medically based fitness facilities, retirement communities, YMCAs, JCCs, 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.
Continuing Education Credits
The following national organizations and associations have approved each Personal Training and Group Exercise Training for Older Adults program for CEC/CEU's:
- The SFA: 2.0 CEUs per program
- The Health and Fitness Professionals Association (HFPA): 30 CECs per program and 60 CECs for the Optional Field Internship
- The National Council on Strength and Fitness (NCSF): 10 CEUs per program
- The National Federation of Professional Trainers (NFPT): 1 CEC per program, equivalent to an entire six-month CEC requirement
- The National Strength Professional Association (NSPA): 2 CEUs per program
The American College of Sports Medicine's Professional Education Committee certifies that Educational Fitness Solutions, Inc, who helped create this course, meets the criteria for official ACSM Approved Provider status. Providership # 672784. This course is approved for 50 Continuing Education Credits through ACSM.