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Our next Geri-Fit Instructor Certification date in southern California is scheduled for Saturday, April 22, 2017 in Temecula, CA.  Registration is now open.  



Boca Raton, FL Saturday, August 12, 2017. Registration deadline is 6/30/17.

Greenville, SC Tuesday, September 12, 2017. Registration deadline is 8/10/17.

Phoenix, AZ  Sunday, October 8, 2017.  Registration deadline is 9/1/17.

Temecula, CA  Saturday, October 21, 2017.  Registration deadline is 9/23/17.

The Geri-Fit Company offers accredited continuing education programs for fitness instructors, personal trainers, and healthcare professionals. The courses are approved by the State of California Department of Social Services (CDSS)*, the American Council on Exercise (ACE), the National Strength and Conditioning Association (NSCA), and the NCCAP.

Our courses will provide you with working knowledge of teaching safe and effective strength training exercises that will improve clients’ functional capacity and will increase their balance, flexibility and strength.  The courses also include fall prevention, brain fitness, and stability training.

You will also learn when to institute exercise modifications and substitutions when teaching a senior fitness class or working privately with older adults. There are no aerobics, choreography, dancing or floorwork used as part of the training. Most of the exercises and stretches you’ll be learning will be performed seated in chairs.

All of our accredited training program are open to the public. Ideal candidates should already be certified by a nationally-recognized fitness organization such as NSCA, ACE, AFFA, ACSM, W.I.T.S., AFPA, IFPA, NASM, NESTA, IWA or NFPT and have a minimum of 2 years experience either teaching group exercise classes or personal fitness training. We also accept RCFEs, ARFs, and GHs that need contact hours in order to keep their licenses up-to-date. Other candidates that can be accepted into the program include individuals with degrees in exercise physiology, kinesiology, gerokinesiology, physical therapy, occupational therapy, nursing and other medical professions.

Study time and exercise practice varies from 20-80 hours and entails watching a few strength training dvds, interacting through our state-of-the-art online training education center, reading the instructor manual, and practicing the strength training exercises that are used in our programs. This training will help give you the knowledge and confidence that you'll need in order to successfully lead a Geri-Fit® class on your own and this training assures us that our safe methods will be consistently taught wherever Geri-Fit classes are held. All instructors teaching at company-owned and managed locations or licensed locations, regardless of their degrees or prior certifications, must go through the Geri-Fit certification prior to teaching classes.

Instructors attend a one day, 8-hour training workshop led by a Master Geri-Fit trainer, a licensed physical therapist, or occupational therapist and undergo a Practical Exam throughout the day. There’s also a 100-question open book written exam with a 75% grade or better needed in order to pass. If you read the manual and view the DVDs, you’ll have no problem passing. 

Additional Requirements if you plan on teaching Geri-Fit® at a company-owned and managed location: All instructors working at company-owned and managed locations are required to be CPR certified and obtain their own professional liability insurance. Insurance can be obtained through the Philadelphia Insurance Company or, if you are a nurse or physical therapist, you can have our company added to your policy as an Additional Insured. We offer competitive pay based on experience and credentials.

If you’re interested in applying to teach at a licensed faciilty, or want to start a Geri-Fit class where you live, click on the Online Application link and fill out the questionnaire. After we receive your application, someone from our professional development department will be in touch with you and usually within one week of receiving your application. Candidates are chosen based on their commitment to exercise, their past teaching experience, their positive attitude, their ability to motivate people, their dependability, and their desire to help others achieve their goals.

If you are not a resident of the State of California, refer to the National Instructor training and certification page for additional cities and tour dates.

* Geri-Fit Company LLC is an approved California Department of Social Services Vendor #2000509 

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General Questions Index
Question Answer
I can't afford the certification and training fees. How do I get help with getting some of the costs covered? Answer
Does Geri-Fit offer any internship programs? Answer
If I am going to be teaching at a company-owned and managed location, do I need to obtain my own Professional Liability Insurance? Answer
Besides insurance, are there any other requirements in becoming an instructor and teaching at a company-owned and managed location? Answer
I've been teaching Silver Sneakers for years. Why do I still have to go through Geri-Fit training in order to each the Geri-Fit exercise program? Answer
If I don't want or need the CECs or CEUs, is there any discount off the price of the course(s)? Answer
How is the Geri-Fit distance learning course different than other older adult fitness certifications? Answer
Do I have to bring weights to class for the participants to use, or do they bring their own? Answer
I'm certified by YogaFit. Will Geri-Fit's recognized training programs apply toward my YogaFit recertification requirements? Answer
Are any workouts included in the Advanced Strength Training Techniques for Older Adults continuing education course? Answer
Am I able to give or share my user name and password with my friend or colleague? Answer
How did Geri-Fit get started? Answer
I am unable to log-on to Geri-Fit's training website. How do I regain access? Answer
Getting Certified to teach Index
Question Answer
Do all instructors need to go through training before becoming a certified Geri-Fit instructor? Answer
Am I able to take Geri-Fit training even if I don't want to buy a license? Answer
There are two methods in becoming a Geri-Fit® instructor: an in-person 1 day training, and online training. Which is the better way to learn? Answer
How do I take the Practical Exam? Answer
How long will it take for me to learn Geri-Fit's Advanced Strength Training Techniques online course? Answer
Where can I teach once I get certified in Geri-Fit? Answer
I am Zumba Gold certified. Does that qualify me to teach the Geri-Fit program? Answer
What materials do I receive when taking the Geri-Fit online continuing education course? Answer
If I don't pass the practical exam, can I take it again? Answer
How do I obtain the Geri-Fit lesson plans? Answer
What type of training will I receive when taking the Geri-Fit certification? Answer
If I don't take the written exam and/or practical exam, can I still get 2.0 CEUs or CECs or contact hours recorded? Answer
If I am an approved FLEX instructor, can I teach Geri-Fit under the Silver Sneakers health plans? Answer
How do I obtain the Affidavit to get my Practical Exam graded? Answer
I am a certified Yoga instructor but would like additional training in order to teach older adult fitness? Will your distance learning class accomplish that? Answer
What are some of the skills needed to become a certified Geri-Fit instructor? Answer