Aging and exercise


Earn up to 10 CECs

Presented by the Functional Aging Institute (FAI)

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  • Become a specialist and expert in a huge and growing market
  • Increase your demand and potential client base through specialized training
  • Take advantage of this rare opportunity to receive an internationally recognized credential at a discounted price

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Available Course Credits

ACE 1.00
ACSM 10.0
AFAA 10.0
NASM 1.00
NFPT 10.0


In this in-depth program on functional training strategies and movements, you will learn how to conduct meaningful assessments of function, how to create and develop effective exercise programs, and critical skills to be an effective professional with this client base.

The program is delivered completely online, which allows you to learn at home, work or on-the-go at your convenience and at your pace. The online program is optimized for mobile devices such as smart phones and iPads. In-depth text, practical videos and narrated PowerPoints all help to communicate the material in a student-friendly manner.

By 2030, one in five Americans will be 65 or older. This population has embraced healthy living, and they have the time and resources to participate in organized fitness and training. The fitness industry, however, is unprepared for the unique needs of the fastest growing market in the world. The majority of the 300,000+ personal trainers in the U.S. have no formal education on how to safely and effectively train active agers.

  • How to properly assess the functional abilities of older clients
  • The effects of the aging process and which aspects are modifiable through exercise
  • Functional concepts that are critical to exercise program design
  • Functional training strategies and techniques that can be applied in any type of exercise environment
  • Functional exercises for a wide variety of older clients
  • How to design a safe and effective functional exercise program for low, moderate and high-functioning clients
  • Balance-specific assessments and training strategies to improve balance and reduce fall risk
  • How to better understand the priorities and goals of this population

To become a Functional Aging Specialist, you must complete three modules and pass three exams associated with the material.

Upon successful completion of all lessons, you will be recognized as a Functional Aging Specialist by the Functional Aging Institute (FAI). In addition, you will be added to the FAI's certified professional map, where potential clients can find a FAI certified trainer in their area. Please note: This specialist program has a renewal period of two years. To renew, you must report 40 CEUs to FAI and a renewal fee of $49.

Over the past 8 years they have shared their unique philosophies, techniques and insights with tens of thousands of trainers around the world.

2014 PFP Trainer of the Year

Dan Ritchie, PhD, Co-Founder, President. has a broad background in the fitness industry including training and management in commercial and university/hospital-based fitness, for-profit, not for-profit and educational facilities.

2005 IDEA Program Director of the Year

Cody Sipe, PhD, Co-Founder, Vice President,  has an extensive background in the fitness industry with 20 years of experience as a personal trainer, fitness instructor, program director, exercise physiologist and club owner.


The biggest thing that I learned was how important assessment is for the aging population. It sets the foundation for everything else you are going to do. The second biggest thing is to gage what they do based off the assessment to make everything they do purposeful.  That straight line between assessment and purpose, and getting them results, is something that is really lacking in today’s industry. I was blown away by the quality of the information. It was detailed and easy to absorb.

Joe Weaver

Even though I have been a trainer working with older adults for most of my career, this is really taking it to the next level.  This brought a whole new life to my training career.

Jim Hart

This tool has been something that has been missing in our industry for years. I have been a medical exercise specialist for over 26 years in a 45-year career. A lot of the principles and the reason I have taken this course is after reading FAI material that I have been following for 5 years. FAI covers a lot of material from respectful sources. I really appreciate the power and movement training over training specific muscle groups.  In addition, I am picking up new techniques and fine tuning what I know based on the research that FAI has done.

Michael D.

I gained a lot of knowledge and I have really enjoyed it. Created a lot of momentum for training this age group.

Bryce Henson

Frequently Asked Questions

Q: Does this information only apply to working with "old" clients?
A: This is also where the Functional Aging Specialist Certification differentiates itself. While the philosophies, strategies, techniques and exercises that are taught are targeted towards the 55-75 year old population, they are effective with both younger and older clients as well. At FAI we use these same techniques to train clients in their 40’s and 50’s, as well as clients in their 80’s and 90’s, making this program a perfect fit for the rapidly expanding Boomer population.
Q: How long does it take to complete the certification?
A: While this will vary considerably depending on your current level of knowledge and skill regarding training older adults, and the time and effort you put into study, we estimate that the average individual should take 3-4 weeks learning and practicing the material before taking the certification exam.
Q: How long is the certification good for?
A: The Certification is good for 2 years. Complete renewal information will be made available once the certification is completed.
Q: What are the pre-requisites for completing the certification?
A: Current CPR or Basic Life Support certification is the only requirement – although it is recommended that you have a degree in the field, hold a personal training certification, or preferably, both.
Q: How many times can I take the certification exam?
A: You have 3 attempts to pass the test. A score of 80% or greater is required to pass.
Q: How long do I have to complete all the educational modules before taking the test?
A: You will have indefinite access to educational modules. You have 6 months from the date of purchase to successfully complete the certification exam.
Q: Why does a Certified Trainer need this Certification?
A: This is a unique program in the area of “senior fitness” and represents the first real breakthrough in training methods for mature adults in decades. It is the only program that will fully prepare you to work with the Boomer and Senior client and position yourself in your market as an expert at training mature clients.
Q: Is a current CPR certification required?
A: Yes, in order to take the Functional Aging Specialist Certification exam you must verify that you have a current CPR or Basic Life Support certification from the American Heart Association, Red Cross, or another organization. You will also be asked to provide the expiration date of this certification. 

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