DISTANCE CERTIFICATION


SFA is growing, nationally and abroad. One way we have welcomed SFA's expanding global presence is by introducing distance certification, which allows SFA to better serve the profession internationally -- including our Stateside affiliates and our growing international membership. In short, SFA has made certification more accessible and convenient than ever.

Distance certification requires candidates to provide proof of current adult CPR and basic first aid certification and to arrange an SFA-approved proctored setting in which to take their certification examination. The examination employs a multiple choice format to present an intensive battery of 180 questions both on theoretical issues and on practical applications. Candidates should be allowed two hours to complete the examination.

The association will allow the examination to be administered by professionals who produce certificates confirming their formal qualification as public school teachers, college or university professors, librarians, or clergy and who sign agreements to conduct the testing and handle the examination materials in compliance with SFA regulations. The proctor must not be one's employer, co-worker, or any individual who may have a vested interest in the outcome of the examination process.

All certification requirements must be met and confirmed within one 12-month period of time. That includes proof of adult CPR and basic first aid certifications as well as achieving a passing score on the certification examination.

SFA certification candidates who wish to utilize the distance certification option must follow all of the instructions exactly as set forth below.


Basic Instructions

Basically, two tasks must be properly and successfully completed:

(1) an SFA-approved proctored examination must be completed and submitted according to SFA regulations; and

(2) proof of adult CPR and basic first aid certifications must be submitted.

Copies of your CPR and first aid cards should be given to your examination proctor and shipped to SFA headquarters in the same package with your completed examination. If you take your examination before earning CPR and first aid, the copies of your CPR and first aid cards may be submitted separately from your examination. However, do not submit proof of CPR and proof of first aid certifications separately from each other. They must be submitted together at the same time.

All certification requirements must be met within one 12-month period of time.

 

 

Certification Examination


The timed, closed-book examination utilizes a multiple choice format to present an intensive battery of 180 questions both on theoretical issues and on practical applications. For details on how to prepare for your examination, refer to the Information and Instructions Manual that comes in the certification study package. You will be allowed two hours to complete your examination.

The examination must be conducted as a closed-book, proctored test. The association will allow the examination to be administered by professionals who produce certificates confirming their formal qualification as public school teachers, college or university professors, librarians, or clergy and who sign agreements to conduct the testing and handle the examination materials in compliance with SFA regulations. The proctor must not be one's employer, co-worker, or any individual who may have a vested interest in the outcome of the examination process.

Once you have located a qualified local proctor, complete the following steps exactly as set forth below:

(1) Ask your proctor-elect to read the "Test Administrator Application." It contains the rules and regulations for examination proctors.

(2) Ask your proctor-elect to complete, sign, and date the "Test Administrator Application." Your proctor cannot complete the application until the two of you have agreed on a location and set a firm date for your test. Your proctor-elect will also need to include your telephone number(s) so that we can promptly notify you as to whether the application has been approved. And, your proctor-elect needs to know which examination(s) you will be taking: Senior Fitness Instructor, Senior Personal Trainer, or Long Term Care Fitness Leader.

(3) Ask your proctor-elect to provide you with a copy of his/her official certificate confirming his/her formal qualification as a public school teacher, college or university professor, librarian, or clergy. Staple it to the "Test Administrator Application."

(4) Make a copy of the completed "Test Administrator Application" for your records. Mail or ship the original application (and the attached certificate) to SFA headquarters immediately, so that we can process the application and, if approved, have the examination delivered to your proctor in time for your test date. We will notify you promptly as to whether the "Test Administrator Application" was approved, and we will ship the examination directly to your proctor a few days prior to your examination date.

(5) On examination day, your proctor must see your driver's license (or other official government-issued picture identification card) before allowing you to take the examination.

(6) If you hold both CPR and first aid certifications, give your proctor copies of your CPR and first aid cards on examination day so that they may be enclosed with your completed examination when it is shipped back to SFA headquarters.


CPR and First Aid


For details regarding CPR and first aid requirements, refer to the Information and Instructions Manual that comes in your certification study package.

To receive credit for holding the required CPR and first aid certifications, follow the steps below:

(1) Make copies of your CPR and first aid cards;

(2) On examination day, give the copies to your examination proctor to be included with your completed certification examination. (If you take the examination before earning CPR and first aid, you may submit proof of CPR and first aid certification separately from your examination so long as it is received within 12 months of your examination date.)

(3) Do not submit proof of CPR and proof of first aid certifications separately from each other. They must be submitted together at the same time.

Make a copy of this form, and send the completed copy to SFA headquarters.

American Senior Fitness Association ... Distance Certification Program

 

TEST ADMINISTRATOR APPLICATION

 

Proctor's name _________________________________________

Proctor's position/title ___________________________________

Proctor's place of employment ____________________________

______________________________________________________

*Proctor's work address __________________________________

______________________________________________________

______________________________________________________

______________________________________________________

*This is the address to which the test package will be shipped.

 

Proctor's work telephone _________________________________

Name of certification candidate ____________________________

Candidate's telephone: Home ________________ Work _______________

Type of examination to be taken (check below):

_____ Senior Fitness Instructor

_____ Senior Personal Trainer

_____ Long Term Care Fitness Leader

Proposed date of examination __________________________________


SFA Test Administrator Application Guidelines

(1) The test administrator must provide a copy of his/her official certificate confirming his/her formal qualification as a public school teacher, college or university professor, librarian, or clergy. Attach the copy to this application.

(2) The test administrator must not be the test-taker's employer or co-worker and must not have any vested interest in the outcome of the examination process.

(3) The test administrator and test-taker must agree on a location and set a firm date for the examination. The location may be any mutually agreed-upon location that provides a suitable setting in which to take a written examination, including adequate privacy and quiet.

(4) Following completion of number 1 and number 3 above, the test administrator must complete, sign, and date this application, then give the completed application and the required certificate to the test-taker. (The test-taker will staple the certificate to the application and mail or ship them to SFA headquarters.)

(5) On examination day, the test administrator must see the test-taker's driver's license (or other official government-issued picture identification card) before administering the examination.

(6) When the test is given, the test-taker should be allowed up to two hours to complete the work. The entire test must be given at one sitting.

(7) It is permissible for the test administrator to delegate the task of sitting with the test-taker to a qualified subordinate -- so long as the test administrator takes full responsibility for ensuring that the test is administered properly. For example, a college professor may delegate the task to a secretary or graduate student of the professor retains full responsibility for guaranteeing that the examination is constantly and effectively proctored. The test-taker must be physically proctored at all times during the examination. The actual test administrator is the only person who needs to sign this application (not the subordinate, if any, who will be delegated the task of sitting with the test-taker).

(8) On examination day, if the test-taker brings copies of his/her CPR and first aid cards, include them with the completed examination when you ship it back to SFA headquarters.

(9) After the test is completed, the test administrator must seal it in a pre-paid package, which will be provided by SFA, and ship it promptly to SFA headquarters.


 

SFA Test Administrator Agreement

I have no vested interest in the test-taker's passing this examination. I have represented my employment position accurately and honestly; I understand that SFA may verify the employment position information I have provided above. I agree to administer the SFA examination to the authorized individual in a private, appropriate setting with supervision to ensure that no notes, open books, or other memory aid materials are utilized by the test-taker during the test. I agree not to allow the test-taker to view any portion of the test prior to taking it. I agree not to allow any other person to view any portion of the test at any time. I agree not to allow any copy or copies of the test to be made. I agree to handle all testing materials according to SFA instructions and to return those materials to SFA promptly, according to SFA instructions, following completion of the test. If there is any fee levied by me for this service, it is collectible solely from the test-taker, not from SFA.


Signature of test administrator ____________________________ Date ________________

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