You may or may not be familiar with the Certified Inclusive Fitness Trainer (CIFT), a certification created in collaboration between the National Center on Health, Physical Activity and Disability (NCHPAD) and the American College of Sports Medicine (ACSM). The certification prepares exercise specialists to work with individuals with physical, sensory, or cognitive disabilities. As over 53 million Americans have a disability, NCHPAD feels this information is vital to all trainers and exercise specialists.
Drawing from CIFT training materials, NCHPAD has created IFT University, a toolkit to be used in college courses to ensure that the next generation of trainers is better equipped to work with this vast and growing population. Offering the Inclusive Fitness Training course at your school will greatly enable your students to work with a much broader population and increase their employability after graduation. As a professor, NCHPAD will provide you with the Power Points and other needed resources that will not only help better educate your students about disability but also to sit for the CIFT exam once they have completed your class and their Bachelor’s degree.
Should you choose to host an inclusive fitness training class at your school and sign a letter of agreement, you will be given a packet of information including:
- PowerPoints for each chapter
- A sample course description
- A list of NCHPAD tools at your disposal
- Suggested class projects
- Examples of implementing hands-on components
- Course evaluation
- Direct access to NCHPAD information specialists
To find out more about the ACSM/NCHPAD Certified Inclusive Trainer, go to: http://certification.acsm.org/acsm-inclusive-fitness-trainer
Please note to sit for the exam students must have a current ACSM or NCAA- accredited health/fitness related certification or a Bachelor’s degree in Exercise Science, Recreation Therapy or Adapted Physical Education.
To find out more about IFT University, or to sign up, please click here.