Advanced Qualification or Certificate of Completion?

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Advanced Qualification programs are designed for those participants who are planning to focus on the older adult segment of the fitness industry. NASF Certificate of Advanced Qualification programs will provide you with the senior specific, comprehensive education required to successfully serve this population and to earn a recognized and respected professional senior specific fitness certification.

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. Advanced Qualification is renewable every two years with proof of current CPR/first aid certification along with 2.0 NSFA approved continuing education credits. By meeting these stringent program requirements, you will have demonstrated a level of knowledge and commitment sufficient to earn a Certificate of Advanced Qualification from the Fitness Association.

If the program in which you are planning to enroll is intended to be your primary senior fitness industry credential, Advanced Qualification is the right program for you.

Advanced Qualification or Certificate of Completion?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 Advanced Qualification 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 NASF 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  Association of Seniors Fitness.

Not sure that a Certificate of Completion program will meet your needs? Relax, NASF Certificate of Completion programs may be upgraded to Advanced Qualification at a later date if desired.

If your 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.

Students may pursue either an Advanced Qualification or a certificate of completion (or both) in any or all of three separate areas of study:

  • Senior Fitness Instructor
  • Senior Personal Trainer
  • Long Term Care Fitness
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