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Advanced Training Specialist (ATS) Certification

Advanced Training Specialist Certification (ATS) Background

Advanced Training Specialist (ATS) CertificationInfofit has affiliated with Pinnacle Training & Consulting Systems (PTCS) to bring you the Advanced Training Specialist Certification (ATS).  Advanced Training Specialist Certification (ATS) consists of five dynamic home study courses that simplify movement. Specifically these course not only simplify movement, they teach the foundation science, functional assessments and most importantly, the application science behind human movement. Each course is complimented with access to over 50 videos, articles and study workbooks, teaching you how the body works from the inside out.

You will learn:

  • Identify the primary bones, joints, muscles and connective tissue in the upper and lower body that are involved with movement.
  • Identify the four primary rotator cuff muscles and identify the primary functional anatomy behind daily movements, such as sit to stand, getting dressed, reaching, walking, etc., and providing clarity on how the movement is supposed to occur vs. dysfunction.
  • Identify the primary functional anatomy and muscles behind the movement in sport-specific movements such as swimming, tennis, volleyball and other sports, providing clarity on how the movement is supposed to occur vs. dysfunction.
  • Be able to perform a biomechanical analysis of every day movements as well as common sport movements.
  • Identify the areas that have been shown both in science and evidence-based research that are called “the weak links” of the human kinematic chain.
  • Learn about the fundamentals of biomechanics, biomechanics of movement, biomechanical principles, biomechanics of various structures & tissues including; connective tissue, tendons and bones.
  • Perform static and dynamic movement assessment of daily and sport-specific movement, identifying normal vs. abnormal movement patterns.
  • Identify three reasons why screening and referrals to other allied health professionals is important.
  • Identify common postural dysfunctions, how posture dysfunctions occur, and be able to teach effective training strategies to address such dysfunction.
  • Apply the foundations of neuromuscular training and motor control with every client.
  • Identify the four stabilizers at the lumbo-pelvic junction, their role, be able to assess and retrain properly with practical application, based on evidence-based research.
  • Understand the key integrative training principles of training and be able to apply these with all clients.
  • Design sample-training programs with for clients with injuries as well as sport specific.
  • Understand the principles of therapeutic exercise and program design with any client.
  • Identify appropriate exercises for your client based on medical history, prior level of function, fitness testing and personal goals.
  • Understand the foundation behind periodization training and how these principles apply to all clients and be able to design sample microcycle, mesocycle, macrocycle programs for clients.
  • Understand foundation of sport-specific training, including agility, power and speed.
  • Perform common agility, power and speed tests proficiently with appropriate clients.
  • Understand about common orthopedic, neuromuscular, cardiopulmonary, cardiovascular and special population dysfunctions of the upper and lower body in extensive detail.
  • Recognize a movement dysfunction, mechanism of injury, common symptoms, medical management, common physical therapy treatment and post therapy training with recommendations based on evidence-based research with practical application.
  • Identify with common orthopedic movement dysfunctions such as ACL reconstruction, TKR, THR, RTC repair, etc. 1-3 exercises that are contraindicated, while identifying 3 exercises that are safe based on science.
  • Design sample beginner and advanced programs for common orthopedic, neuromuscular and movement dysfunctions with your clients.

Advanced Training Specialist Course Objectives

  • To truly understand the science behind human movement with respect to anatomy, base pathologies, functional anatomy, biomechanics, exercise prescription, program design and periodization training. The fundamental training principles that all personal trainers should truly understand.
  • To promote a deeper learning and understanding beyond just assessment of a client. To understand why you perform beyond just a basic assessment, what the objective findings mean and how this information relates to designing an exercise program taking into consideration the client’s health status, exercise history and goals.
  • To truly understand the synergistic actions of how human movement occurs from the inside out, how common dysfunctions occur and how to train clients based on evidence-based research and scientific principles. It is important that all personal trainers stay within their scope of practice.
  • To challenge the personal trainer to think deeper when analyzing movement, to truly understand the science behind the movement and provide rationale with exercise prescription, and programming with all clients

Each home study course includes:

  • Dynamic course emanual PDF (manual)
  • Course Study Eworkbook PDF
  • Access to over 50 videos that compliment the five home study courses
  • All examination costs included to earn the Advanced Training Specialist (ATS) Certification
  • Instructions for completing the online examination and obtaining CEU credit are also included.
  • Upon purchase of the course, we will email all the course materials to you. Once you are prepared to take the test, you complete the 125-question multiple-choice test. Upon passing the test (70% score or better), you will be emailed a pdf of your certificate to you.

Prerequisites for the Advanced Training Specialist (ATS) Certification

To be eligible to take the examination, you must:

1. Possess a national personal training certification from one of the following fitness agencies: ACE, ACSM, AFLCA, AFAA, Australian certifications required Certificate III (Fitness) & Certificate IV (Personal Trainer), BCRPA, Canfitpro, CFES, NASM, NSCA, NCSF, NFPT or WITS respectively and possess a minimum of 2-3 years of personal training experience and possess a valid CPR & first aid certification.


2. Possess a bachelor’s degree in one of the following related fields: Exercise physiology, exercise science or human movement, kinesiology, physics, biology related science degree and an advanced certification (i.e. N.S.C.A-CSCS, A.C.S.M.-CHFS, NASM-CES, NASM-PES or equivalent).

The Advanced Training Specialist (ATS) Full Certification Program consists of 5 Dynamic Home Study Courses which can be purchased as a package or individually.

Each course can stand alone, or you can take all 5 and receive your Advanced Training Specialist (ATS) Certification.

Refund Policy

As all course material is sent via email, and students have full online access to the entire program, no refund is due.

All 5 Home Study Course Descriptions

Understanding Human Movement Home Study Course

Understand Human MovementKey Features
This is a home study course about human movement. The human body is a complicated machine. With several parts that directly and indirectly affecting one another. Learn about the fundamental parts of the muscular, skeletal and neuromuscular systems and how they synergistically affect one another.  This foundation course will teach you the foundation science, and prepare you to understand how to perform a movement assessment. This dynamic course is part of Advanced Training Specialist (ATS) certification.

Course Overview
The course begins with introducing skeletal anatomy and functional anatomy, painting a ‘picture’ about the components of the skeletal system. The next section simplifies biomechanics and how biomechanically we move. Illustrations and extensive discussion provide a deeper understanding on the functional anatomy required to perform daily and sport specific movement. Next, evidenced based research is introduced to provide insight on the body’s ‘weak links.’ Lastly, the various systems of the body and their interaction with one another to produce movement are extensively discussed.

Human Movement Assessment and Analysis Home Study Course

Movement Assessment and AnalysisKey Features

Assessment and corrective exercise has become a ‘buzz’ in the fitness industry. However, understanding the fundamental and objective measures between static and dynamic daily and sports specific movements, requires increased knowledge and insight. This course delves into static and dynamic movements, teaching the fitness professional normal vs. abnormal movement patterns with rationale that is scientific and evidenced based. This dynamic course is part of Advanced Training Specialist (ATS) certification.

Course Overview

The course begins with a discussion about the importance of screening and conducting a thorough medical history. The next section goes into extensive detail about components of posture, how posture dysfunctions occur and respective training strategies. Next, learn how to conduct a human or sport specific movement assessment and understanding the respective findings. Core assessment is extensively explained accompanied with rationale on how to develop a core exercise program.

Understanding Integrative Training Home Study Course

Understanding Integrative Training Home Study CourseKey Features
Integrative training means integrative. Client education, exercise prescription, program design, neuromuscular training, core strengthening, motor learning and motor control are the fundamental elements of  integrative training. Learn about each of these elements and how they synergistically affect and compliment one another. Core strengthening and lumbo-pelvic stabilization accompanied by evidenced based research will provide deep insight with understanding effective stabilization exercises for your clients.

Course Overview

The course begins introducing the essential integrative training components of training. The foundation of neuromuscular training, motor control and motor learning are extensively discussed. Spinal stabilization accompanied by evidenced based research will provide deep insight with effective stabilization training. Next, learn about what human movement raining is and why it is important to understand with all clients. Illustrations are provided throughout the course clarifying and learn what the latest research says about stretching.

Foundation of Periodization Training & Program Design Home Study Course

Periodization Training & Program DesignKey Features

Periodization training. A core training principle all fitness professionals should understand. The fundamental principles of periodization training and program design are extensively reviewed accompanied by illustrations and graphics. Understand the methodology behind periodization training and the periodization-training guru, Tudor Bompa, PhD. You will learn how to assess speed, agility and power and how to improve all of these through scientific training. Over 15 common sports are reviewed extensively with sample micro cycle, meso cycle and macro cycle programs. Gain a deeper understanding about sport specific training including assessments, training methods and designing effective training programs.

Course Overview

The course begins with providing key definitions as they pertain to movement. The foundation of therapeutic exercise is extensively discussed. Next, the principles of periodization training and program design are extensively reviewed accompanied by illustrations, and analysis of common sport programming. Lastly, the foundation of sport specific training including assessments, training methods and designing effective training programs are discussed.

Understanding Common Movement Dysfunctions Home Study Course

understanding common movement dysfunctionsKey Features

Are you prepared to train a client with a recent injury or completed physical therapy recently? This course will teach you bout common orthopedic injuries of the ankle, knee, hip, shoulder and spine, medical treatment including physical therapy received. In addition learn about common neuromuscular, cardiopulmonary and special populations. Understand the principles of post rehabilitation training. Learn how to work with clients with a history of an injury. This course will teach you how to design safe and effective programs, understanding the ‘why’ behind exercise prescription and selection, helping your clients reach optimal wellness safely.

Course Overview

The course begins with reviewing the reasons how a dysfunction(pathology) develops. Next, common orthopedic and neuromuscular conditions are reviewed. Including the pathophysiology/mechanism of injury, common signs & symptoms, medical management and post therapy training with rationale. Next common cardiopulmonary/cardiovascular and special population conditions are reviewed. Lastly, common vestibular conditions are reviewed providing additional insight for the personal trainer. In sum, this is an ideal resource for personal trainers who truly want to understand the science behind the movement and the wish to work effectively with any client.

Advanced Training Specialist (ATS) Certification

The Advanced Training Specialist (ATS) Full Certification Program consists of 5 Dynamic Home Study Courses purchased as a package.