Instructor Training & Certification
Are you interested in becoming certified in Fit & Strong!?
Certification allows you to implement Fit & Strong!, an evidence-based program endorsed by the CDC, ACL and DHHS.
Trainings are conducted by a Fit & Strong! Team member, a T-Trainer or a Master trainer. There are two types of trainings: a 1-day 8 hour training for Certified Exercise Instructors or Physical therapists, and a 2-day training (8 hours + 4 hours) for leaders of other evidence-based programs like A Matter of Balance (AMOB) or the Chronic Disease Self Management Program (CDSMP) with no exercise certification (other non-CEIs). The 8 hour training involves:
- A review of the background and development of Fit & Strong!
- Findings from the efficacy, effectiveness, and dissemination studies
- Detailed information and hands on experience with the three exercise components (flexibility, aerobic conditioning, strength training)
- A description of the group problem solving processes that are key to the health education/ behavior change and negotiated physical activity contract component.
- Including role playing activities for the exercise, group discussion, and adherence contract negotiation.
- Addresses the purpose and process of obtaining participant outcome and program evaluations during the implementation of Fit & Strong!.
- The science behind the exercise components (flexibility, aerobic and strength training)
- Provides more detailed instruction on all of the Fit & Strong! exercises
- Requires trainees to practice leading a mock exercise class and model adaptations for persons with painful joints or other health issues.
Training LocationsTrainings are held either at the implementing site or the Fit & Strong! office.
Training FrequencyThe first instructor training is held after licensure, upon identification of the instructors by the providers. Additional trainings are held year-round.
Master TrainingMaster trainers are responsible for leading the training of new instructors, conducting fidelity checks, supervising instructors, and providing ongoing support to the instructors and feedback to the Fit & Strong! team. All Master Trainers begin as program instructors leading a Fit & Strong! Class. After being observed by a Fit & Strong! team member or another Master or T-Trainer, they can be recommended to become a Master Trainer. Upon the recommendation, he/she will be able to attend an 8-hour Master Trainer Training is held by the F&S! team or a T-Trainer. The F&S! Staff try to ensure that every geographic region identifies and trains a Master Trainer within 6 months to a year of beginning to offer the program to facilitate sustainability. The Fit & Strong! Master training fee is $1000 not including travel.
Training RequirementsInstructor Requirements:
- Instructors must be identified by site program directors
- Current CPR certification a plus
- Experience working with older adults and/ or individuals with arthritis preferred
- 1 instructor/class required, 1 volunteer assistant/class recommended.
- Instructors must attend a training led by Fit & Strong! staff and/or T/ Master Trainers. In order to qualify for training, instructors must be either:
A Fitness instructor certified by a nationally recognized fitness organization such as (AFAA), (ACSM), (ACE), (CIAR), (ISSA), (NASM), (NCSF), (NFPT), (NSCA), (YMCA). Certified exercise instructors are required to attend the 1-day 8 hour training.OR
A leader of another evidence-based program (AMOB, CDSMP) with experience and comfort leading group-based exercise classes.