Interested in supporting our unified effort to promote inclusive opportunities in physical activity, sport and recreation for people with disabilities? 

IFC offers Coalition membership for both organizations and individuals. 

Are you an Organization?  Go here to Join the Coalition!

Are you an Individual?  Go here to Join a workgroup!

ACSM/NCHPAD Certified Inclusive Fitness Trainer

ACSM/NCHPAD Certified Inclusive Fitness Trainers (CIFT) master an understanding of exercise precautions for people with disabilities, and utilize safe, effective and adapted methods of exercise training to provide exercise recommendations. CIFTs provide services with an understanding of current ADA policy specific to recreation facilities (U.S. Access Board Guidelines) and standards for accessible facility design.

Additionally the ACSM/NCHPAD CIFT demonstrates and leads safe, effective and adapted methods of exercise; writes adapted exercise recommendations; understands adapted methods of exercise; understands precautions and contraindications to exercise for people with disabilities; is able to demonstrate safe and effective adapted methods of exercise; is aware of the current Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) policy specific to recreation facilities (US Access Board Guidelines) and standards for accessible facility design; and can utilize motivational techniques and provide appropriate instruction to individuals with disabilities to begin and continue healthy lifestyles.

Prerequisites for the Certified Inclusive Fitness Trainer:

    Current ACSM Certification OR a current NCCA-accredited health/fitness-related certification
    Bachelor's degree in Exercise Science, Recreation Therapy, or Adapted Physical Education
    Current Adult CPR/AED (with hands-on practical skills component)

 ACSM recommends the following documents to prepare for the CIFT exam.

The ACSM/NCHPAD CIFT webinar runs for a six-session series.  For more information about the ACSM/NCHPAD CIFT webinar series please click HERE

Session 1: Disability Awareness and Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) & Facility Design

Session 2: Exercise Physiology and Related Exercise Science

Session 3: Health Appraisal, Fitness and Clinical Exercise Testing

Session 4: Exercise Prescription and Programming

Session 5: Safety, Injury Prevention, and Emergency Procedures and Clinical and Medical Considerations

Session 6: Human Behavior and Counseling

For more information and to schedule your exam go to:

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Next Certified Inclusive Fitness Trainer (CIFT) Webinar series March 18 - April 22, 2015.  Sign up at