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A The American Senior Fitness Association (SFA) provides comprehensive training, recognized certification, professional resources, and member support for fitness professionals who serve older adults.
A SFA offers three separate, senior specific, educational programs. The three areas of study are:Senior Fitness Instructor designed for those who intend to lead group fitness classes, Senior Personal Trainer designed for those who intend to work with clients one-on-one or in small groups and Long Term Care Fitness designed for those working exclusively with frail elderly clients.
A SFA's highest educational standard is called a Certificate of Advanced Qualification. SFA program participants can earn this highly respected senior-specific fitness credential or a convenient certificate of completion in any (or all) of SFA’s three areas of study.
A SFA’s Advanced Qualification programs are designed for those participants who are planning to focus on the older adult segment of the fitness industry. SFA's A.Q. programs will provide you with the comprehensive education required to successfully serve this population and to earn a recognized and respected senior-specific fitness credential that meets or exceeds SFA's stringent requirements as well the "Recommended National Standards for Preparing Senior Fitness Instructors" and the "International Curriculum Guidelines for Preparing Physical Activity Instructors of Older Adults." .
Advanced Qualification programs require successfully completing a proctored, closed-book examination and providing proof of supplemental certification in both adult CPR and basic first aid. SFA certification is renewable every two years with proof of current CPR/first aid certification along with 2.0 SFA approved continuing education credits. By meeting these stringent program requirements, you will have demonstrated a level of knowledge and commitment sufficient to earn the Advanced Qualification designation from the American Senior Fitness Association.
If the SFA program in which you are planning to enroll is intended to be your primary senior-specific fitness industry credential, Advanced Qualification is the right program for you.
SFA’s Certificate of completion programs are designed for those who simply want to increase their knowledge in the area of older adult fitness and/or to earn continuing education credits for other professional associations. Certificate of completion programs feature the same educational materials and learning objectives as full certification programs. However, they are designed as self-paced, open-book correspondence courses and may be conveniently completed at home utilizing an open book test that is sent to SFA headquarters for grading.
For your convenience, each certificate program is divided into two courses (Part One and Part Two) which may be purchased separately or together. Completing both parts will earn a certificate from the American Senior Fitness Association.
If your SFA program is intended to supplement your existing credentials (and/or to earn continuing education credits for other organizations), then the certificate of completion program may be ideal for your purpose.
A Certificate of completion programs may be upgraded to full certification at a later date if desired.
A No. You are now able to complete your SFA certification training program through our convenient distance testing process at a time and location of your choice or by testing at one of our scheduled certification review/testing workshops
A Yes. Both the full certification and certificate of completion versions of SFA programs provide CECs recognized by many other organizations.
A No. SFA programs were intentionally designed to not exclude motivated newcomers to the fitness industry. Full certification program participants are required to obtain supplemental certification in both adult CPR and basic first aid.
A Only one person can receive education credit from the examination included in your program. However, once you have purchased a complete course at the normal price, additional examinations may be purchased for 50% of the listed course price at any time.
A Yes, If you are ordering two different Advanced Qualification programs at
one time for one individual you will receive a $75.00 discount. If you are ordering two different certification of completion programs at one time for one individual you will receive a $35.00 discount.
SFA also offers special discounts for groups of four or more. Please contact our office for details.
AMost Certificate of Completion and Advanced Qualification program participants will take between 30 to 40 hours to go through the included study resources one time with comprehension. The time required to progress from this point to being able to test in a closed book setting and, more importantly, confidently apply the knowledge in a live setting varies widely. Those who are more familiar with exercise and physiology will progress at a faster rate. New-comers to the fitness field will take longer. In general most people will take between 2 and 6 months to complete their advanced qualification program and to have a life while they're doing it. Some participants have completed the program in 1 or 2 weeks. Some take over a year. SFA does not impose any formal time limits for course completion. All SFA courses are self-paced and we recommend that course participants work at the pace that best suits their study habits.
A Please send it to the American Senior Fitness Association, P.O. Box 2575, New Smyrna Beach, FL 32170. You may also fax your exam answer sheet, Course Evaluation, and Easy Track Form to (386) 427-0613. Please mark on the Easy Track Form if you would like your certificate faxed back to you. Allow three weeks to receive your certificate and graded exam.
A All SFA Certificate of Completion programs (Part One and/or Part Two) can be completed on-line. You can take your examination online and receive instant results.
NOTE: You cannot take your test for SFA Full Professional Certification on-line. Certification tests must be taken in a closed book, proctored setting utilizing SFA’s "distance certification" process or at one of SFA’s review/testing workshops.
A When you receive your course materials through the mail, enclosed will be your exam. You have the option of mailing or faxing in your exam, or you will go to our website and take it online. You will need the exam number from your exam packet to access the online exam.
A Yes. A full refund less shipping and handling will be issued for materials returned in new condition at the purchasers expense within 30 days of receipt. Shipping and handling charges are not refundable. You refund will be credited in the same method as your purchase.
A Yes. SFA's
Advanced Qualification designation is valid for two years from the date of issuance
and is perpetually renewable through maintenance of CPR/first
aid requirements and completion of appropriate continuing
At renewal time, you'll need to submit:
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The SFA credentials that you will earn are nationally recognized as a mark of professional excellence.
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