Becoming an RTS

Becoming any level of RTS® (RTS1, RTS2, RTS3)...

Ultimately, it's not about certification... it's about APPLICABLE EDUCATION!™

It's not about you... it's about your clients!

It's not about the masses or the averages, it's about the individual!

Course attendance alone does not qualify one to use the titles RTS1, RTS2, RTS3, (formerly RTS3), nor the titles RTS®, and Resistance Training Specialist®,

As registered trademarks, the titles RTS1, Resistance Training Specialist Level 1, RTS2, Resistance Training Specialist Level 2, RTS3, and Resistance Training Specialist Level 3 can only be legally used upon successful completion of the optional written exam and practical exams (available Q3 2020).

Note: there are no "RTSs" or "Resistance Training Specialists" in general, the respective level of competency must be used with the title.

Testing is not mandatory, therefore is not included in the classes or registration fees, but is available for those who wish to earn the right to use the appropriate title behind their names.

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".

Note: Continued use of these titles can only be through maintaining RTS standards and participation in approved continuing education consistent with RTS principles.

RTS1 Certification Requirements
  • Attend the RTS1 course (offered only internationally and at through AAPTE)
  • Successfully complete the associated RTS1 written exam
RTS2 Certification Requirements

The comprehensive written exam covering online courses 1000-4000 will be proctored and limited to six hours. The RTS2 practical exam will be 2 hours on the gym floor with RTS founder Tom Purvis. The written and practical exams can be taken on back to back days (available Q3 2020).

To ensure student identity and consistency or procedures the exams are only offered in Oklahoma City. There is no other way to represent yourself as a Resistance Training Specialist® without presenting your knowledge and skill set to the person who has defined the distinction for 30 years... and also legally owns the words.

Full participation in the three RTS2 Practical Labs is required if one's goal is to undergo the optional exam process.

Note: Continued use of these titles can only be through maintaining RTS standards and participation in approved continuing education consistent with RTS principles.

RTS2 Certification Renewal / Maintenance

Because RTS and the related thought process are unique within the industry, other continuing education is not considered continuing RTS education. RTS2 certification can only be maintained by completing at least one of the following every TWO years post certification:

  • Attend one of the RTS2 Practical Labs
  • Take one of the 5000 level courses from the Course Library
  • Attend one module of the RTS3 Advanced Hands-on labs
  • Attend the elective "Cueing, Doing, and Updates" (CDU)
RTS3 Certification Requirements

The comprehensive written exam covering the online courses 1000-5000 will be proctored and limited to eight hours. If the RTS2 written exam has already been successfully completed, then only the level 5000 written exam is required. The RTS3 practical exam will be 4 hours on the gym floor with RTS founder Tom Purvis. The exams can be taken on back to back days (available Q3 2020).

To ensure student identity and consistency or procedures the exams are only offered in Oklahoma City. There is no other way to represent yourself as a Resistance Training Specialist® without presenting your knowledge and skill set to the person who has defined the distinction for 30 years... and also legally owns the words.

Full participation in the three RTS3 Advanced Hands-on Labs is required if one's goal is to undergo the optional exam process. Please note that while these modules may be taken over any time period from a few months to several years, there is a two-year limit if you are hoping to take the associated exams and become RTS3 certified.

Note: Continued use of these titles can only be through maintaining RTS standards and participation in approved continuing education consistent with RTS principles.

RTS3 Exam Fee $699 ($100 non-fundable deposit to schedule and for each rescheduling)

  • Price includes printed diploma style certificate upon successful completion.
  • RTSm Plaque available for $190
RTS3 Certification Renewal / Maintenance

Because a) RTS3 skills and the related thought process are unique within the industry, b) updates occur frequently in all RTS3 modules, and c) personally "living" the principles during one's own workouts is an absolute must...

RTS3 certification can only be maintained by attending one of the following once every two years:

  • "Cueing, Doing, and Updates" (CDU)
  • Any of the RTS3 Advanced Hands-on Labs
Replacement of Certificates and Letters of Attendance
  • Letter of attendance replacement $20
  • Certificate replacement $50 (plus shipping)
  • RTS3 plaque $190 (plus shipping)
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.

Why does RTS provide certification?

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 are on the path to truly becoming a specialist in the sciences and skill of customizing the application of resistance for an individual and have earned the right to not only benefit from the distinction of excellence that the designation "RTS1, 2, or 3" offers, but have also earned the right to represent it.

What is the goal of the exams?

All that any exam can do is determine ones minimum competency in a given subject matter on a given day. Each level of RTS exams is an attempt to determine the student's minimum level of understanding of RTS perspectives and principles relative the the application of exercise mechanics, client investigation, and exercise delivery.

From the RTS® certificate

The Resistance Training Specialist®

A true Exercise Professional who has demonstrated the minimum level of competency required of RTS1, 2, or 3. This includes the respective level of training in the RTS Principles and skills including Exercise Mechanics, Strategic Resistance™, Equipment Analysis, Continuum Training®, ongoing investigation of the Functional Continuum® of client abilities, Client-Defined exercise design and implementation via the Exercise Continuum®, Strategic Variation®, MicroProgression®, InTension®, G.O.T.E., 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"