Our next Geri-Fit Instructor Certification date is scheduled for Sunday, November 18 in Phoenix, AZ. Registration is now open.
Phoenix, AZ Sunday, November 18, 2018. Registration deadline is 10/10/18.
The Geri-Fit Company offers accredited continuing education programs for fitness instructors, personal trainers, lifestyle coaches, 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 older adults’ functional capacity and will increase their balance, flexibility and strength. The courses also include balance training, fall prevention, brain fitness, stability training, and chronic disease management.
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 regardless of your background, experience or credentials. 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/or have a minimum of 2 years experience either teaching group exercise classes, lifestyle change classes, CDSME or fall prevention programs, 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 and healthcare professions.
Depending on your familiarity with strength training and exercise in general, 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.
Instructors attend a one day, 8-hour training workshop led by a Master Geri-Fit T-Trainer and undergo an all day Practical Exam. There’s also an 80 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.
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.
If you are interested in becoming licensed to offer Geri-Fit, view our Instructor License page or view this PDF document.
* Geri-Fit Company LLC is an approved California Department of Social Services Vendor #2000509
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Getting Certified to teach
|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|
|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|
|Are there any requirements in becoming an instructor?||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|
|I am unable to log-on to Geri-Fit's training website. How do I regain access?||Answer|
|How did Geri-Fit get started?||Answer|
|What type of people take Geri-Fit classes?||Answer|
|Does Geri-Fit have a code of ethics?||Answer|
|Getting Certified to teach||Index|
|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 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|
|If I don't pass the practical exam, can I take it again?||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|
|How do I obtain the Geri-Fit lesson plans?||Answer|
|If I am an approved FLEX instructor, can I teach Geri-Fit under the Silver Sneakers health plans?||Answer|
|What materials do I receive when taking the Geri-Fit online continuing education course?||Answer|
|What type of training will I receive when taking the Geri-Fit certification?||Answer|
|What are some of the skills needed to become a certified Geri-Fit instructor?||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|
|Do Geri-Fit instructors have to be certified?||Answer|
|Does Geri-Fit require any ongoing training or recertification?||Answer|
|What type of primary group instructor certification does Geri-Fit recommend?||Answer|
|What makes the Geri-Fit instructor training program so unique?||Answer|
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