The CFES Fitness Knowledge (Fitness Theory) classroom course, or its equivalent, acts as a prerequisite to all CFES instructor courses and is the first step in becoming a nationally-recognized weight training, group exercise (aerobics), aquafit instructor, or personal trainer. You can also take the course for your own personal health and fitness information. Expect this course to provide comprehensive information on how to keep yourself and others safely fit and well. Thousands of students have found the course and resources learner friendly, academically credible, and very practical. Click on the "Show Events" button to find a course near you.
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In the course you will learn about the weight training industry, equipment usage and facilities; Exercise ideas and teaching techniques to be able to set up a program for a variety of ages, stages and special needs groups; A review of anatomy and physiology; Health screening and fitness testing; Counselling and communication skills practiced; The application of scientific training principles; Nutrition, supplements; Professional ethics and career direction. Click on the "Show Events" button to find a course near you.
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This course is designed to teach foundation leadership and instructor skills for a basic group exercise/aerobics class and program. Ample teaching opportunities are provided. In this course you will learn: To program plan for all class sections and fitness levels for group exercise (aerobics) classes; How to create a safe and caring atmosphere; Stabilization ball, spinning, step, free weights, martial arts, boxing exercise ideas and techniques; Cuing and working with music; Use of space and group formations and choreography skills; How to teach low/high impact group exercise aerobics classes and use equipment; Communication skills and professional ethics; Each student will be given ample teaching opportunities within the course. Click on the "Show Events" button to find a course near you.
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The CFES Aquafit Instructor Certification Course
This course is designed to teach foundation knowledge and instructor skills to successfully complete CFES national Aquatic Fitness Instructor certification -- enabling you to program and lead basic water fitness exercise classes. Ample practicum opportunities are provided. Click on the "Show Events" button to find a course near you.
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The Personal Trainer Course topics include: health screening and fitness assessment; training principles; risk management; program design for disease prevention and health promotion; business and marketing skills; motivating the client; and the core competencies to work within Scope of Practice. The CFES Personal Trainer Course is designed to teach you how to be a great fitness professional. Click on the "Show Events" button to find a course near you.
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Re-certification Candidates: CFES fitness instructor and personal trainer re-certification workshops are available on a semester by semester basis and listings are posted here as submitted. To find a workshop please scroll down.
Annual re-certification requires twelve (12) verified instructional hours through the current year per certification designation; and a total eight (8) recognized continuing education credits (CECs). Two-year re-certification requires 24 verified instructional hours through the current year per certification designation and a total 16 recognized CECs.
CFES also accepts workshop CECs from CALA, Human Kinetics, IDEA, the NFLA (which includes the BCRPA, AFLA, SPRA, MFC, OFC, FNB, IFC and NSFA) and the YW/YMCA, as well as a variety of current fitness leadership seminars, workshops and conferences. College and university health and fitness courses count toward re-certification CECs.
CFES is flexible and always looking for great workshops to assist instructors and personal trainers advance their career knowledge base and credentials. In most instances CECs are an hour per credit. If you find other workshops you would like to attend and are unsure if they would qualify for CECs, just drop us an email about the workshop, or give us a call and we will review and advise.
Posted workshops are presented by independent workshop conductors and host agencies approved on review by CFES. CFES is not affiliated with workshop conductors nor host agencies and bears no liability to Instructors and Personal Trainers taking these workshops. Contact the workshop conductors with any questions regarding these workshops.
Instructors and Personal Trainers must ensure their CPR, Fitness First Aid and any liability insurance are kept up to date.
Workshop Presenters: To apply to have your re-certification workshops approved and listed on this Course Calendar Re-certification Workshops web page download the workshops approval application form on the Applications and Transfer Forms web page. Scroll down the page to find this form, labeled A. CFES Re-certification Workshops Presenter Application Form.
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