Online Certificate in Personal Training & Group Exercise Training for Older Adults

The Professional Certificate in Personal Training & Group Exercise Training for Older Adults is a comprehensive online program that includes an optional field internship and is 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 noncredit 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 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. Graduates receive membership and certification examination discounts.*

*Graduates will receive a complimentary one-year membership to the ICAA, which includes registration discounts to the annual International Active Aging Conference.  In addition, graduates will receive preferred discounts for the SFA’s Certification), and SilverSneakers Group Exercise Certification: Healthways Certification for Older Adult Exercise.

Certification and CEUs/CECs and CPEUs Awarded
In addition to the Professional Certificate awarded by Thomas Edison State University upon successful completion of this program, various fitness and nutrition-related national organizations have reviewed this program and approved it for CEUs/CECs and/or CPEUs.

Click here for the current list of approvals. 

Graduates will be prepared for a career working with older adults at senior centers, medically-based fitness facilities, retirement communities, community centers, 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 prepare individual 50+ exercise enthusiasts in the development of a personalized program based on current research and organizational guidelines. 

To earn the certificate students must complete all four core courses within two years with a grade of C- or above. The field internship course is optional.  The core courses are offered in a two-module format.  Students are not required to take the courses in any order; however it is highly recommended that they begin with the two courses in module 1: Socio-Physiological Aspects of Aging & Designing Older Adult Exercise Programs.  Students may also register for individual courses if desired.  The two-module series is offered three times per year in the fall, spring, and summer.



For further information about this program, including questions about the curriculum, CEU's, employment ramifications, etc., please email us.