Special Needs Fitness Training Certification

Professionals, Educators, and Parents: Learn to Properly Train Special Needs Individuals

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  • Learn techniques we've used to train over 1,000 special needs individuals
  • Training that covers common conditions like autism to 1 in a million diseases
  • Step-by-step instructions & effective techniques
  • Online classes with over 12 hours of content
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Special Needs Individuals We Train:

Our Special Strong personal trainers have proudly served over 1,000 clients with special needs, ranging from rare 1-in-a-million disease to common conditions like autism.

  • Attention-deficit disorder (ADD)
  • Aspergers
  • Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD)
  • Cerebral Palsy
  • Emotional Disturbance
  • Learning Disabilities (LD)
  • Spina Bifida
  • Traumatic Brain Injuries
  • Traumatic Brain Injuries
  • Attention deficit hyperactivity disorder (ADHD)
  • Amputees
  • Pervasive Developmental Disorder (PDD)
  • Down Syndrome
  • Intellectual Disability
  • Paraplegia
  • Stroke Victims

Who We Educate:

Learn how to design workout programs and get easy step-by-step tactics for motivation and challenge behaviors through our online special needs certification course for personal trainers and service providers.

  • Personal Trainers
  • Passionate Parents
  • Special Educators
  • Physical Education Teachers
  • Speech Pathologists
  • Nurses
  • Physical Therapists
  • Occupational Therapists
  • Recreational Therapists
  • Behavior Therapists

Meet Your Instructor:

At four, Daniel was diagnosed learning disabled. In school, he battled depression, anxiety and hopelessness. At 15, he was fired from his first job for lack of motivation.  In an attempt to help him, his parents bought him his own exercise equipment to give him an outlet. Daniel quickly fell in love with fitness and knew he wanted to pursue it as a career. 

In 2011, Daniel Stein felt called to train children, adolescents, and adults with special needs. With certifications through the National Academy of Sports Medicine (NASM), the National Federation of Personal Trainers (NFPT) and becoming a Certified Inclusive Fitness Trainer, Daniel specializes in health and fitness for the special needs population. 

In 2016, Daniel and his wife, Trinity, started Special Strong. The Special Strong Certification helps service providers and others learn effective techniques for meltdown management, motivation, challenge behaviors and more.

About the Certification:

In all of our courses, you will learn how to use our CBSE training model to help you design adapted in-home or gym workout programs for any disability. You’ll also learn proven and effective methods for meltdown management, motivation and challenge behaviors. 

The CBSE Training Model is the proud result of 75+ years of combined experience in the special needs industry with service provided to over 1,000 special needs clients with zero injuries.  No fitness experience is required and course-takers learn simple, yet effective tools that they can start using right away.

About the Certification:

We believe getting the CEUs you need can be an enjoyable experience. It’s why we filled the certification course with useful lessons and exciting videos. And it’s why we provide dedicated support to make it easy to earn the CEUs your workplace requires. We are recognized by the following organizations:

  • National Academy of Sports Medicine (NASM) for up to 4.2 NASM CEUs 
  • Aerobics and Fitness Association of America (AFAA) for up to 42 CEUs
  • The American Council on Exercise (ACE) for up to 0.5 CEUs
  • The National Council for Therapeutic Recreation Certification (NCTRC) for up to 24 hours
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Watch Brandon Walk After 8 Years of Disability

Brandon was diagnosed with autism and a rare genetic gene mutation that was causing many problems, including his abnormal gait.  In 2010, Brandon had hip surgery and was never able to walk again. After being wheelchair bound for nine years, Brandon defied all odds and worked with our system to achieve amazing results!

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Watch the video to hear Josh’s mother tell his story.

With the aid of these techniques, Josh triumphed over his meltdowns. Our course helps service providers create their own success stories with guidance for meltdown management, motivation, and challenge behaviors.


Yes. Since the personal training industry is not governed by a state board, there are no no specific requirements to practice. We do recommend that you consider a nationally accredited training program to supplement your Special Strong certification, but this is not a requirement to train clients.

It really depends on your goals. At a minimum, you’ll have the knowledge you need to implement a fitness program for special needs.  You can be found on our online database (if you opt-in to be listed).  Additionally, many certified Special Strong trainers implement our program into their current practice with their current clients by offering fitness training as an additional service offering. You can also use our certification in home or at select facilities that approve our specialty certification. Since we are nationally accredited through several organizations, many independently owned facilities accept our certification.

As a part of what is included in purchasing a course, you’ll be given the option to opt in or out of our online directory.  If you decide to opt-in, we will include your photo and a bio with a unique URL.  Once listed, you can be found by someone searching for the closest trainer in their zip code.

Yes! Our certifications are recognized by NASM, AFAA, ACE, and NCTRC. Check out our approved providers page for more information.  Additionally, other agencies may allow you to submit the course as a continuing education credit.  Please contact your governing agency for more information.

Our course is an educational certification, so anyone can take the course and there are no prerequisites for enrollment.   If at any point you plan to use our certification to work with others, you must have a valid CPR/AED certification.

We have a 95% pass rate on all of our course tests.  The test is open book and you get three attempts.  We also offer email or phone support if need additional help to ensure that you pass the test and understand the material.

We’ve tested our program with over 1,000 special needs individuals with a very high success rate. We’ve also certified hundreds of professionals around the world that use our program with the special needs population. Check our testimonies page for more information.

Absolutely. We designed this certification to help anyone with a passion for the special needs population.

You have one year from the purchase date to access the online course and take the test. Once you take the course and pass the test, you are certified for life!

Of course! Many employers have continuing education slated into their budget. Click here to send a pre-written email to your employer (you’ll be able to preview before sending).

Yes.  Please email [email protected] for more information

It’s very common for companies to order courses for staff members, or an individual order courses as a gift for someone else. To accomplish this, simply place an order for the desired courses using your personal information. In the notes section of the order, indicate the names of the individuals you are purchasing the course for. Once your order is placed, you’ll receive an email that you can forward to the recipients that you bought the course for, allowing them to enroll in the online courses.

Once you add a course to your cart and checkout, you can select a recurring payment plan. A recurring payment is linked to your Paypal, debit or credit card.

Refunds aren’t offered at this time.

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