Certified Special Population Specialists® (CSPS®) are fitness professionals who, using an individualized approach, assess, motivate, educate, and train special population clients of all ages regarding their health and fitness needs, preventively, and in collaboration with healthcare professionals. They design safe and effective exercise programs, provide the guidance to help clients achieve their personal health/fitness goals, and recognize and respond to emergency situations. Recognizing their own areas of expertise, CSPS receive referrals from and refer clients to other healthcare providers as appropriate. Learn more - What is a Special Population?
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Candidates must pass an exam that will test their knowledge in four areas: Basic Pathophysiology and Science of Health Status, Condition, Disorder or Disease; Client Consultation; Program Planning; and Safety, Emergency Procedures and Legal Issues. Click to learn more.More Content Details
Candidates must have at least a bachelor's degree, or a license in one of a number of occupations and have a current CPR/AED certification. Click below for more information and details on how to submit the required documentation. Click to learn more about the prerequisites.Prerequisite Details
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