Frequently asked questions
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.
Of course! Many employers have continuing education slated into their budget. For this reason, we’ve created a helpful template that you can customize and email to your employer. You can download the word dcoument here
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.
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.
You can call yourself a Special Strong trainer. You may list your Special Strong qualifications on a business card, resume, or website About/Qualifications page. Nothing more.
You cannot use the Special Strong name in any other business or promotional way unless you franchise with us. If you violate this, it is considered intellectual property theft and you are subject to fines and legal fees. Only franchising gives you the legal right to use the Special Strong name for business and/or promotional purposes. You can learn more about franchising here
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!
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.