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Become a Corrective Exercise Specialist


Online Corrective Exercise Specialist Training

Corrective Exercise Specialists help clients identify and remedy muscle and movement problems that may lead to injury. The National Academy of Sports Medicine (NASM) Corrective Exercise Specialist certification offers you a unique, science-based method for assessing and addressing movement-based issues. In this 100% online course, you will learn the methods and techniques to help clients prevent and recover from movement-based injuries. Successful completion includes the exam to become a NASM Corrective Exercise Specialist (CES).



Job Outlook for Corrective Exercise Specialists

  • Canada’s Job Bank estimates that there will be approximately 37,000 new jobs in the recreation field, which personal trainers are a part of, between now and 2028.

  • According to Alberta Health Services, the average compensation for Exercise Specialists ranges from $39.42 to $52.36 per hour.



What skills does a Corrective Exercise Specialist require?

Corrective Exercise Specialists work with clients to assess and correct issues that may cause or result from posture, stability, and mobility issues. In addition, they work extensively with clients who may be in pain or suffering due to their problems. So corrective exercise specialists need skills in empathy, listening, planning and communication in addition to their science-based specialized skills.


Is certification important to a Corrective Exercise Specialist?

When paired with a personal training certificate, the NASM reports that certified Corrective Exercise Specialists earn 26% more than other personal trainers. The NASM curriculum assures your clients that you have undertaken a challenging science-based course of study in order to validate your knowledge and skill.


Where do Corrective Exercise Specialists work?

Around 60% of corrective exercise specialists are self-employed, including many who are also independent personal trainers. Others work in specialty fitness studios such as yoga, Pilates or stretching studios. Others help patrons of large gyms, massage studios, or spas. And some work with members of the aging population, either in their homes or in residence and retirement facilities.


Course Objectives

  • Learn NASM's innovative and exclusive corrective exercise continuum and the opportunity to earn the NASM Corrective Exercise Specialist (CES) Advanced Specialization

  • Train in movement assessments, inhibitory techniques, muscle activation techniques, and common musculoskeletal impairments

  • Learn how to help prevent injuries and get clients back on track and living healthy, productive lives

  • Earn the preferred injury prevention and recovery credential of collegiate and professional sports teams

  • Prepare yourself for a career as a personal trainer, athletic trainer, chiropractor, physical therapist, licensed massage therapist, or sports professional

  • Work toward receiving your NASM Corrective Exercise Specialist (CES) certification

  • Complement your formal education or expand your career and clientele by helping post-rehab and injured clients recover and remain active

  • Understand the exclusive processes needed to correct movement dysfunction through the use of inhibitory, lengthening, activation and integration techniques



Prerequisites and Requirements

CES candidates must have one of the following:

  • A current NASM-CPT certification or

  • A current health and fitness certification accredited by NCCA, NBFE or DETC or

  • REPs Level 3 or higher credential (candidates outside of the US only) or

  • 4-year collegiate degree or

  • Be a current Licensed or Certified Massage Therapist




Understand the rationale for corrective exercise. Learn about human movement science, human movement impairments, and health risk appraisals.



Learn about static postural assessments and movement assessments.



Explore activation/integration techniques, inhibitory techniques, and lengthening techniques.



Dive into foot and ankle impairments, knee impairments, and lumbo-pelvic-hip complex impairments.



Study shoulder, elbow, and wrist impairments.



Complete the course by learning about cervical spine impairments and studying case studies that respond to the course material.




This fully online course is not instructor-facilitated; however, support will be provided through email, online forms, and phone.


Registration and Enrollment

This course is open enrollment. You can enroll and begin anytime.


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