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Program Leader Online Training and Preparation Course

AEA Arthritis Foundation Program Leader Online Training Course

This is a REQUIRED COURSE to become an AEA Arthritis Foundation Program Leader. Candidates must complete this online course before taking the AEA Arthritis Foundation Exercise Program (AFEP) or AEA Arthritis Foundation Aquatic Program (AFAP) examination.


What is included with the course?

•Self-paced educational lessons corresponding to each chapter of the AEA Arthritis Foundation Program Leader: A Training Guide for Exercise & Aquatic Programming (Manual).

•Access to the complete digital version of the Manual (eManual).  Access continues after the course has been completed.

•Access to the full Video Movement Library (total of 3+ hours of video between both the Exercise and Aquatic programs.)  Access continues after the course has been completed.

•Access to the online examination upon completing all lessons and the CPR/AED Certification Information Survey.


AEA Arthritis Foundation Program Leader Online Exam

This is a REQUIRED EXAMINATION to become a Program Leader. The 50-question, timed exam includes multiple choice and true/false questions.
Once initiated, the exam must be completed within 2 hours.


The Program Leader Certificate is valid for a period of 2 years and must be renewed with a minimum of 15 hours of continuing education credits. CPR/AED must be kept current at all times.



In-Person Education

AEA Arthritis: Program Leader Development 7-hours

This in-person workshop provides both theoretical knowledge and movement practice pertinent to class design, exercise performance and leadership skills that will benefit all AEA Arthritis Foundation Program Leaders.  Exercises for both the AFAP and AFEP are covered in addition to lesson plan development, programming & presentation tips, and a quick review of the aquatic environment.  Even if you are not currently a Program Leader, this workshop provides beneficial continuing education on exercise and arthritis that is applicable to all fitness professionals.

•           Arthritis Theory – Essential Teaching & Leadership Skills       

•           Interactive Exercise Review & Practice     

•           Lesson Plan Practical Implementation     

•           Aquatic Environment & Safety


Take the next step in your career with a unique opportunity to help others enjoy a more active lifestyle!