ACSM/NCHPAD Inclusive Fitness Specialist Certificate Course
ACSM/NCHPAD Inclusive Fitness Specialist Certificate Course

18 CEC


This course includes 26 individual lessons with recorded voice lecture, a short unit quiz at the end of each lesson to help with retention of the material covered, and a final 125 question comprehensive exam.

Lessons will cover a range of topics including, but not limited to, basic review of anatomy and bioenergetics, disability advocacy, initial client consultations, exercise adaptations, adaptive training protocols, and other disability specifics that are relevant to understanding proper inclusive exercise prescription and implementation.

Learning Objectives:

1.Understand the need to address issues in the field of health, exercise, and fitness as it relates to people with disabilities.

2.Become familiar with inclusive standards for fitness centers including RESNA (IF), ADA and Universal Design.

3.Develop skills necessary to accommodate people with disabilities.

4.Develop an understanding of how exercise prescription and application differs between different disability groups.

The contents of this course were developed under a grant from the National Institute on Disability, Independent Living, and Rehabilitation Research (NIDILRR grant number 90DPGE0005).  NIDILRR is a Center within the Administration for Community Living (ACL), Department of Health and Human Services (HHS).  The contents of this course do not necessarily represent the policy of NIDILRR, ACL, or HHS, and you should not assume endorsement by the Federal Government.

The ACSM/NCHPAD Inclusive Fitness Specialist specialty certification was sunset at the end of May 2023.  While an NCCA-accredited certification or a Bachelor's degree in Exercise Science, Recreation Therapy or Adapted Physical Education is no longer required, it is recommended to ensure successful completion and implementation of the course material. This course is now an educational certificate. ACSM's educational certificates in specialized fields empower exercise professionals to effectively address unique considerations in their practice. These certificates validate the completion of advanced training, enhancing career opportunities by showcasing expertise to employers and the communities they support.

This course includes online videos and corresponding online quizzes. 

All course content will be presented to you electronically upon completion of your purchase. This includes all videos, quizzes and certificates (certificates awarded upon successful completion of the quizzes). ACSM will not offer refunds, transfers or course credits for not completing courses prior to their expiration date or for duplicate purchases.  

This course expires one year (365 days) from the date of purchase. You must complete all of the course content prior to the expiration date. ACSM will not offer refunds, transfers, or course credits for uncompleted courses prior to their expiration date, or for duplicate purchases. ACSM does not allow substitutions, refunds or credits for this course.  

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