Keep in mind...
Education vs. Certification
Most organizations are in the business of certification, promoting their exams and certification above their information (or misinformation as the case may be.) RTS is in the business of education the primary goal of which is to alter the practitioners perspective and understanding of exercise, human structure, and the properties of resistance in order to change the way exercise is perceived and delivered, ultimately, to the benefit of the client, member, or patient; to encourage the development of rationales and thought processes so that professional decisions may be made rather than supposition and the blind following of tradition, myths, magic, trends, and gurus.
Certification is simply a service that RTS provides... reluctantly. Reluctantly because when students focus on getting that piece of paper they often miss the real goal. When individuals receive a certificate they often don't apply the info or do not maintain the high standards of practice that were the entire point in the first place. At RTS, certification means not just meeting and maintaining the level required to initially pass, but continually improving in skill, thought processes, etc. to further one's self, as well as the industry.
Go wherever is convenient to get a piece of paper to hang on the wall.
Come to RTS to get the information, perspectives, and skills that will help your client and
your career by setting you apart as a true exercise professional.
Why does RTS provide certification at all? Because there are many individuals who work hard to improve themselves, their clients' experiences, the industry, and truly love exercise mechanics, and the methods through which RTS applies it. Those people truly embody RTS and have earned the right to not only benefit from the distinction of excellence that the designation "RTS" offers, but have also earned the right to represent it.
The goal of the exams is to determine ones understanding of RTS perspectives on exercise mechanics and related issues as well as their applications as presented in both class and the associated syllabi. Although this is the most basic level RTS offers, it is an extremely advanced specialty certification by current industry standards.
From the RTS® certificate:
The Resistance Training Specialist®
A true Exercise Professional who has demonstrated a basic understanding of RTS® Principles and skills including Exercise Mechanics, Strategic Resistance™, Equipment Analysis, Continuum Training™ via the Functional Continuum® of Exercise, Strategic Variation®, Strategic Progression, MicroProgression®, InTension®, G.O.T.E., Structural-NeuroMuscular Opportunity, Exercise Specific AROM, Intention, and Control, as well as the influence of communication on the process of creating and implementing the completely customized Exercise Experience™.
An individual of integrity who will endeavor to apply these principles with undivided attention to the client throughout every fraction of every repetition and is committed to making decisions via an ever-evolving thought process based upon the current status, ability, goals, needs, and expectations of each individual; attempting to rise above the influence of his/her own personal exercise preferences, beliefs, and attachments.
The RTS is committed to life-long learning as well as personal and professional evolution; a detail and perspective oriented individual who examines issues through both the "zoom lens" and the "satellite view", and for whom "nothing is automatic", all is "re-viewed", and who recognizes that "it's what you learn after you know it all that counts"
Course attendance alone does not qualify one to use the titles RTS®, Resistance Training Specialist®, RTSM, or Mastery Level Resistance Training Specialist.
Testing is not mandatory, but is available for those who wish to earn the right to use the appropriate RTS title behind their names ("RTS" or "RTSM") or call themselves "Resistance Training Specialist".
For an individual it shows the world that you have not only exceeded the industry standards of competency, but are a true specialist and have demonstrated professional standards and excellence beyond the capacities of the vast majority of those currently considered to be "exercise experts".
For a club it is a way of assessing trainer competency while creating a unified language and thought process as well as a unique position within the market place.
RTS Certification requires:
Why are there 40 exams instead of one big one?
The benefit of individual chapter exams:
Go to: RTS Exams Store
Individuals may pass an exam and still not represent the ideals of the program that they supposedly understand and value... and which in turn lends them credibility. For this reason we have strict standards associated with remaining an RTS and we will not hesitate to revoke one's certification if he/she does not uphold the standards of practice set forth.
Because RTS and the related thought process are unique within the industry, RTS certification can only be maintained by completing at least one of the following every TWO years post certification:
Other programs, courses, or university classes may be submitted for approval, HOWEVER, it is recommended that such programs be submitted a minimum of 60 days PRIOR to attendance to insure acceptance as RTS or RTSM continuing education. You must submit a course synopsis and presenter bio/cv, and then undergo a phone interview over the topic/course and how it relates to RTS perspectives and how it furthered you understanding and application of RTS principles. If accepted, a $50 administration fee is charged for renewal with a non-RTS course.
Renewal after two years (expired certification):
The Mastery Level RTS exam is a 5-7 hour process that includes:
RTS Mastery Exam Fee $699
Because a) RTSM and the related thought process are unique within the industry, b) updates occur frequently in all five mastery modules, and c) personally "living" the principles during one's own workouts is an absolute must...
RTS Mastery Level certification can only be maintained by attending "Cueing, Doing, and Updates" (CDU) once every two years or by altering any of the five Mastery Courses/Modules with CDU (I.e. you may alternate CDU and a Mastery Module once every two years, but Mastery Modules alone will not be adequate due to their focus on detail, but limit in overall scope.)