The Certified Special Population Trainer (CSPT) course is designed for the exercise professional who wants to gain a better understanding of disorders and chronic conditions and to obtain the skills necessary to appropriately evaluate, assess, and prescribe exercise as an intervention to this population.
This certification course is the first step to building a referral network from healthcare providers.
The course will cover exercise prescriptions for individuals with:
Cardiovascular, Dyslipidemia, Hypertension, Peripheral Arterial, Stroke, Pulmonary Diseases, Metabolic Disease, Obesity, Brain-Related Disorders (Alzheimer’s Disease, Anxiety, Depression and Parkinson) and Other (Arthritis, Osteoporosis, Fibromyalgia, Cancer, Kidney Disease) and other chronic diseases and health conditions
The class will discuss the significance of exercise in both the prevention and treatment of chronic illness, recommendations for exercise professionals in considering proper exercise prescription protocols, tools to assess and evaluate, and provides scientifically based standards on creating individualized exercise recommendations and programs.
Student and time requirement:
Estimated 20- 24 hours to complete. Combination of self-study and live virtual classes. See the course syllabus for more details.
Successful completion of the Certified Special Population Trainer examination will earn the CSPT credential.
Self-paced Home study
Assignment 1 Pre-exercise Evaluation
Assignment 2 Interpreting Exercise Testing
Assignment 3 General Principles of Exercise Prescription
Class 1 Review and practical Oct 21st, 6:00 - 9:00 pm
Class 2 Cardiac and Pulmonary Oct 23rd, 10:00 - 2:00 pm
Class 3 Metabolic and Brain Oct 24th, 10:00 - 12:00 pm
Class 4 Other Conditions Oct 24th, 12:00 – 2:00 pm
Class 5 Review Oct 26th, 6:00 – 8:00 pm
This course uses The 11th edition of the ACSM’s Guidelines for Exercise Testing and Prescription
This critical handbook delivers scientifically based standards on exercise testing and prescription to the exercise professional, and the student. This manual gives recommended procedures for exercise testing and exercise prescription in healthy and diseased patients.
Presenter: Michael Maziekas
15 AAPTE Credits for Course Participation
Course documents will be provided for CEC approval from other organizations
To enroll in the Certified Special Population Trainer course, you must: