Top Rated Special Needs & Adaptive Fitness Training Certification

Jessica Elsing
Jessica Elsing
2024-06-13
This course is perfect for someone just starting out. The descriptions and break down of potential clients are very helpful. The site is easy to navigate, and you can work at your own pace.
Daniel Mitchell
Daniel Mitchell
2024-06-12
The Certified Adaptive Personal Trainer course is great, I liked the different ways of learning throughout the course. I learned to be more compassionate and feel more confident helping and serving this population. This certification will allow me to comfortably take on more clients who need assistance with Fitness & Health. I highly recommend having Strong Education to help you help others who need our help.
Bianca Jones
Bianca Jones
2024-06-11
I have been waiting to take the course for years. The course was very good it shares a lot of information about working with those with disabilities and the types of work out to start with and now I’m just ready to start my journey as a fitness trainer for those with ID, ADHA ECT…
Allegra Saunders
Allegra Saunders
2024-06-05
The course is easy to sign up for and provides helpful information for those seeking certification as an adaptive personal trainer. The written manual that accompanies the course is very helpful.
Duzzins Sama
Duzzins Sama
2024-06-04
Wholesome content and It was good to learn how to help those with disabilities in their fitness journey. I believe this will help me to better understand people with disabilities and help me in the future with my clients.
Wakime Hauser
Wakime Hauser
2024-06-02
This course gave a significant amount of information that I can not wait to apply to the real world
Shannon Leonard
Shannon Leonard
2024-05-31
Great information and resources
Train Smart Fitness & Health
Train Smart Fitness & Health
2024-05-30
I was very pleased with this course! I appreciated the broad scope of special needs populations covered. Learning how to recognize various disabilities and what special considerations will help them participate in exercise will be very helpful in growing my business to help serve them. I would definitely recommend the Adaptive Fitness certification to other trainers and coaches!
Lisa Fisher
Lisa Fisher
2024-05-30
This course was very helpful to give me the communication skills needed to work with special needs population. I loved learning about behaviors and why certain behaviors occur. Understanding the function of behavior will help me in my career as blind services fitness trainer. I would recommend this course to anyone who plan to work with special needs clients.

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4.2/5.0

4.2/5
Bronze
$395
$33/month

The Bronze Plan Includes:

  • Exclusive Facebook Access
    Connect with industry leaders and peers in a members-only Facebook group for networking and support.
  • Course Access
    1 year
    Enjoy full access to the course and its updates, ensuring you stay current.
  • Adaptive Personal Trainer Certificate
    1 year
    Receive the prestigious Adaptive Personal Trainer Certificate with renewal options starting at $99/year that do not require completing CEUs.
  • Printable Course Manual
    Complete a comprehensive exam to earn your certification, with three attempts to pass.
  • At Home Certification Exam
    Conveniently take your open-book certification exam \from home on your schedule.
  • Adaptive Membership
    Enjoy the benefits of our Adaptive Fitness Academy membership. For only $15/mo, you can renew your membership to continue reaping member benefits. You can cancel anytime!

4.5/5.0

4.5/5
Silver
$545
$45/month

The Silver Plan Includes:

  • Exclusive Facebook Access
    Connect with industry leaders and peers in a members-only Facebook group for networking and support.
  • Course Access
    1 year
    Enjoy full access to the course and its updates, ensuring you stay current.
  • Adaptive Personal Trainer Certificate
    1 year
    Receive the prestigious Adaptive Personal Trainer Certificate with renewal options starting at $99/year that do not require completing CEUs.
  • Printable Course Manual
    Complete a comprehensive exam to earn your certification, with three attempts to pass.
  • At Home Certification Exam
    Conveniently take your open-book certification exam \from home on your schedule.
  • Adaptive Membership
    Enjoy the benefits of our Adaptive Fitness Academy membership. For only $15/mo, you can renew your membership to continue reaping member benefits. You can cancel anytime!
  • Mock Examination Resourses
    Prepare with practice exams that simulate the certification test to improve your chances of success.
  • Printable Study Guide Companion
    Access to a printable study guide that compliments the course manual to ensure retention and understanding.
  • Virtual Training Course
    Master the skills to train adaptive athletes online, enabling those who can’t visit a gym to effectively work out from home.
  • Group Training Certification
    Learn to lead engaging and safe fitness classes for up to 20 individuals with special needs. This certification never expires!
  • Nutrition Instructor Certification
    Gain valuable knowledge in nutrition to complement your fitness training expertise. This certification never expires!

4.8/5.0

4.8/5
Gold
$695
$58/month

The Gold Plan Includes:

  • Exclusive Facebook Access
    Connect with industry leaders and peers in a members-only Facebook group for networking and support.
  • Course Access
    unlimited
    Enjoy full access to the course and its updates, ensuring you stay current.
  • Adaptive Personal Trainer Certificate
    1 year
    Receive the prestigious Adaptive Personal Trainer Certificate with renewal options starting at $99/year that do not require completing CEUs.
  • Printable Course Manual
    Print a copy of the course materials for offline study and easy annotation.
  • At Home Certification Exam
    Conveniently take your open-book certification exam \from home on your schedule.
  • Mock Examination Resourses
    Prepare with practice exams that simulate the certification test to improve your chances of success.
  • Printable Study Guide Companion
    Access to a printable study guide that compliments the course manual to ensure retention and understanding.
  • Virtual Training Course
    Master the skills to train adaptive athletes online, enabling those who can’t visit a gym to effectively work out from home.
  • Group Training Certification
    Learn to lead engaging and safe fitness classes for up to 20 individuals with special needs. This certification never expires!
  • Nutrition Instructor Certification
    Gain valuable knowledge in nutrition to complement your fitness training expertise. This certification never expires!
Adaptive Fitness Academy
Join an exclusive program designed to elevate your fitness career. Enjoy member-only benefits that enrich your professional journey and expand your opportunities.
  • Adaptive Membership
    Enjoy the benefits of our Adaptive Fitness Academy membership. For only $15/mo, you can renew your membership to continue reaping member benefits. You can cancel anytime!
  • National Directory Listing
    Gain visibility and network opportunities with a listing in our national directory, featuring your name and bio.
  • Fund Opportunities Guide
    Access a comprehensive list of state and foundation funding sources to support your adaptive fitness services for clients, including grants and non-profits.
  • Special Strong® Employment Database
    Gain entry into the Special Strong® employment database, opening doors to work with adaptive athletes locally or virtually worldwide. Special Strong® supplies all the leads, setting you up for exciting employment opportunities!
  • Qualified Adaptive Trainer Branding
    Access to our “Qualified Adaptive Trainer” logo to enhance your professional brand and credibility.
  • Interactive Virtual Workshops
    Participate in virtual workshops that provides hands-on experience and interactive learning and access past recorded workshops.
  • No Fees or Renewals
    Never pay another fee! No certification renewal fees, retest fees, or online course access fees.
  • Exclusive Membership Courses
    Get exclusive access to member-only adaptive courses. New adaptive courses are released every month!

Bronze

$43
$33/month
$1 down + 12 payments
or
$520
$390
Pay in Full

Silver

$60
$45/month
$1 down + 12 payments
or
$720
$540
Pay in Full

Gold

$77
$58/month
$1 down + 12 payments
or
$920
$690
Pay in Full

What you get:

Features

Bronze Silver Gold
Exclusive Facebook Access
Connect with industry leaders and peers in a members-only Facebook group for networking and support.
Audio Access
Access the full certification curriculum in audio format, allowing for convenient learning on the go and enhanced accessibility for all learning types.
Course Access
Enjoy full access to the course and its updates, ensuring you stay current.
1 Year 1 Year Unlimited
Adaptive Personal Trainer Certificate
Receive the prestigious Adaptive Personal Trainer Certificate with renewal options starting at $99/year that do not require completing CEUs.
1 Year 1 Year 1 Year
Adaptive Personal Trainer Workshop
Participate in an engaging 4-hour virtual workshop with live demonstrations and interactive exercises with adaptive clients to gain valuable insights, skills, and experience as an adaptive trainer.

Certification Exam
Complete a comprehensive exam to earn your certification, with three attempts to pass.

At Home Certification Exam
Conveniently take your open-book certification exam from home on your schedule.
Mock Examination Resourses
Prepare with practice exams that simulate the certification test to improve your chances of success.

Enhanced Success Tool Kit
Access a curated selection of tools designed to help you succeed in the course and beyond.

Printable Course Manual
Print a copy of the course materials for offline study and easy annotation.
Printable Study Guide Companion
Access to a printable study guide that compliments the course manual to ensure retention and understanding.

Bonus Certification Courses
Enhance your expertise and credibility with additional certifications.

Virtual Training Course
Master the skills to train adaptive athletes online, enabling those who can't visit a gym to effectively work out from home.
Group Training Certification
Learn to lead engaging and safe fitness classes for up to 20 individuals with special needs. This certification never expires!
Nutrition Instructor Certification
Gain valuable knowledge in nutrition to complement your fitness training expertise. This certification never expires!

Adaptive Fitness Academy
Join an exclusive program designed to elevate your fitness career. Enjoy member-only benefits that enrich your professional journey and expand your opportunities.

Adaptive Membership
Enjoy one month of benefits from the Adaptive Fitness Academy. After one year, continue to reap member benefits for only $25/mo. Cancel anytime!
30 Days 30 Days 1 Year
Monthly Content
Gain access to new adaptive courses every month, covering various conditions and specialties. Stay updated with the latest trends and techniques in adaptive fitness.
Exclusive Courses
Unlock exclusive courses such as nutrition coaching, group instruction, and virtual training. Dive deeper into specialized areas of adaptive fitness.
Workshops
Participate in live workshops and watch previously recorded sessions to gain practical insights and hands-on experience.
Adaptive Videos
Access over 100 adaptive demonstration videos, providing visual guidance and instruction for various fitness techniques.
Directory Listing
Expand your reach and visibility in the adaptive fitness community with a personalized directory listing.
Employment Database
Explore job opportunities and work with adaptive athletes locally and globally through our employment database.
Fund Opportunities Guide
Learn how to secure state-by-state funding and grants for adaptive fitness services.
Adaptive Trainer Branding
Enhance your branding and marketing as a qualified adaptive trainer, positioning yourself for success in the industry.
No Fees or Renewals
Enjoy hassle-free membership with no certificate renewal, retest, or online course access fees.
NASM 2.8 4.2 4.2
AFAA 28 42 42
ACE 1.3 2 2
ISSA 28 42 42
CANFITPRO 8 12 12
NFPT 5.6 11.2 11.2
NCSF 14 21 21
NCTRC 24 36 36
TEA 28 42 42
AOTA 10 10
NSCA 1 1
CPTN 7 7
Features Bronze Silver Gold
Exclusive Facebook Access
Connect with industry leaders and peers in a members-only Facebook group for networking and support.
Audio Access
Access the full certification curriculum in audio format, allowing for convenient learning on the go and enhanced accessibility for all learning types.
Course Access
Enjoy full access to the course and its updates, ensuring you stay current.
1 Year 1 Year Unlimited
Adaptive Personal Trainer Certificate
Receive the prestigious Adaptive Personal Trainer Certificate with renewal options starting at $99/year that do not require completing CEUs.
1 Year 1 Year 1 Year
Adaptive Personal Trainer Workshop
Participate in an engaging 4-hour virtual workshop with live demonstrations and interactive exercises with adaptive clients to gain valuable insights, skills, and experience as an adaptive trainer.
Certification Exam
Complete a comprehensive exam to earn your certification, with three attempts to pass.
At Home Certification Exam
Conveniently take your open-book certification exam from home on your schedule.
Mock Examination Resourses
Prepare with practice exams that simulate the certification test to improve your chances of success.
Enhanced Success Tool Kit
Access a curated selection of tools designed to help you succeed in the course and beyond.
Printable Course Manual
Print a copy of the course materials for offline study and easy annotation.
Printable Study Guide Companion
Access to a printable study guide that compliments the course manual to ensure retention and understanding.
Bonus Certification Courses
Enhance your expertise and credibility with additional certifications.
Virtual Training Course
Master the skills to train adaptive athletes online, enabling those who can't visit a gym to effectively work out from home.
Group Training Certification
Learn to lead engaging and safe fitness classes for up to 20 individuals with special needs. This certification never expires!
Nutrition Instructor Certification
Gain valuable knowledge in nutrition to complement your fitness training expertise. This certification never expires!
Adaptive Fitness Academy
Join an exclusive program designed to elevate your fitness career. Enjoy member-only benefits that enrich your professional journey and expand your opportunities.
Adaptive Membership
Enjoy one month of benefits from the Adaptive Fitness Academy. After one year, continue to reap member benefits for only $25/mo. Cancel anytime!
30 Days 30 Days 1 Year
Monthly Content
Gain access to new adaptive courses every month, covering various conditions and specialties. Stay updated with the latest trends and techniques in adaptive fitness.
Exclusive Courses
Unlock exclusive courses such as nutrition coaching, group instruction, and virtual training. Dive deeper into specialized areas of adaptive fitness.
Workshops
Participate in live workshops and watch previously recorded sessions to gain practical insights and hands-on experience.
Adaptive Videos
Access over 100 adaptive demonstration videos, providing visual guidance and instruction for various fitness techniques.
Directory Listing
Expand your reach and visibility in the adaptive fitness community with a personalized directory listing.
Employment Database
Explore job opportunities and work with adaptive athletes locally and globally through our employment database.
Fund Opportunities Guide
Learn how to secure state-by-state funding and grants for adaptive fitness services.
Adaptive Trainer Branding
Enhance your branding and marketing as a qualified adaptive trainer, positioning yourself for success in the industry.
No Fees or Renewals
Enjoy hassle-free membership with no certificate renewal, retest, or online course access fees.
NASM 2.8 4.2 4.2
AFAA 28 42 42
ACE 1.3 2 2
ISSA 28 42 42
CANFITPRO 8 12 12
NFPT 5.6 11.2 11.2
NCSF 14 21 21
NCTRC 24 36 36
TEA 28 42 42
AOTA 10 10
NSCA 1 1
CPTN 7 7

What you’ll learn

Special Strong training

Certification Outline

Discover the foundations of Strong Education and explore the fundamental concepts of training, behavior, and the brain. Begin your journey with an understanding of Universal Design for Learning and its application in setting up effective training sessions.
Gain essential knowledge on Autism, Down Syndrome, and Cerebral Palsy, Stroke survivors, physical disabilities, mental health challenges, and learn to identify and understand their symptoms. Develop skills to effectively work with clients with these disabilities, enhancing your ability to adapt and overcome challenges in training.
Delve into behavioral principles, understanding the functions and management of behaviors to ensure safe and effective training environments. This section equips you with strategies to prevent and address your clients’ mild and major behavioral challenges.
Master the art of communication, learning how to build trust and effectively convey messages to clients and stakeholders. Overcome communication barriers to foster success and understanding in your training sessions.
Prioritize safety in fitness training for clients with disabilities, learning essential measures and considerations. This section covers functional safety tips, exercise assistance techniques, and specific precautions for various mobility and adaptive equipment.
Explore the significant impact of exercise and nutrition on brain health, gaining insights into neuronal functions and the brain’s response to physical activity. Learn brain integration concepts such as crossing the midline and top to bottom techniques. Implement strategies to enhance self-awareness and balance, and use exercise as a tool for improving mental well-being in areas like stress, anxiety, and depression.

Learn to utilize our proven Adaptive CBSE® model to assess and design workout programs for individuals with mental, physical and cognitive challenges. Gain knowledge to adapt exercises for maximum benefit, drawing from experiences with over 1,500 individuals with adaptive needs.

As a part of our silver and gold package, access a comprehensive library of over 100 adapted exercises tailored for individuals with mental, physical, and cognitive challenges:
  • core strength exercises
  • balance exercises
  • brain & sensory systems exercises
  • adaptive stretches
  • lower and upper extremity exercises
  • seated impairment exercises
Get detailed guidance on exercise execution, modifications, and progressions to effectively cater to clients with different abilities.

Accreditations

We’re an accredited CEU provider, making earning your CEUs easy and enjoyable. We are recognized by the following organizations:

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FAQ

Typically, it takes 5-10 hours to complete. It’s a self-paced, fluff-free program with easy-to-follow videos so that you can learn at your own speed.
We’re 100% online, saving you the challenge of in-person training. Uniquely, we cover all categories of disabilities – mental, physical, cognitive – it’s like getting three certifications in one!
Your next step depends on your goals. You can dive into creating impactful one-on-one or group fitness programs for individuals with disabilities, enrich your current practice by offering specialized training, or join facilities that welcome our nationally accredited certification. 

Absolutely! Our certifications are individually approved for a range of professionals, including personal trainers, occupational therapists, teachers, adaptive physical educators, and many more in the healthcare field.

If your provider isn’t listed, you can still submit our courses to your provider for CEU credit consideration.

If you’re 18 or older, you’re set to enroll! Just ensure you have a valid CPR/AED certification if you plan to work with others.
Yes! Our certification equips you to start training clients with special needs right away; no prior personal training background is required.
Just purchase the course with your details, and you’ll receive an email. Forward this email to your team or gift recipient, and they can jump right into enrolling.

Simply choose the payment plan option at checkout. It’s a recurring payment linked to your PayPal or card with no credit checks or interest charges.

If you are unsatisfied with our courses within the first 30 days, we will give you a full refund. However, we cannot refund courses once the exam has been taken.
With the Gold package, you gain access to our Adaptive Fitness Badge, a universal symbol of inclusivity. Use it on business cards, websites, and marketing materials to broaden your audience in the adaptive fitness community.

Have more questions? Contact us by email at support@certifystrong.com.

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