Becoming an RTS


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 Becoming any level of RTS® (RTS1, RTS2, or 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!


Becoming a certified Resistance Training Specialist Level 1, 2, or 3

Course attendance alone does not qualify one to use the titles RTS1, RTS (now RTS2), Resistance Training Specialist®, RTSM, (now RTS3) or Mastery Level Resistance Training Specialist

Testing is not mandatory, therefore is not included in the L2 and L3 classes or fees, but is available for those who wish to earn the right to use the appropriate title (RTS1, RTS2, RTS3) behind their names. Note: there are no "Resistance Training Specialists" in general, the level must be used with the title.

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".

RTS1 Certification Requirements
  • Attend the Level 1 course (offered only internationally and at through AAPTE)
  • Successfully complete the associated L1 written exam
RTS2 Certification Requirements
  •  Completion of the RTS2 Practical series.
  • For 2019: Completion of the Level 2 video courses and the associated exams
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:

  • Successfully complete the RTS2 online examinations
  • Attend one module of the RTS Practical course
    • $600 or $550 online plus travel as required
  • Attend one module of the RTS Mastery program
    • $980 plus travel if required
  • Attend the elective "Cueing, Doing, and Updates" (CDU)

Renewal after two years (expired certification):

  • Successfully complete (re-take) the RTS2 online examinations
  • Attend the elective "Cueing, Doing, and Updates" (CDU)
RTS3 Certification Requirements
  • Complete the required advanced level video lecture courses and the associated exams.
  • Complete the required RTS3 hands-on classes and practical exam


  1. If you are planning to sit for the RTSm exam all five RTSm Modules must be completed within two years.
  2. The RTSm exam must be taken with 12 months of completion of the final RTSm Module.

The RTS3 practical exam is a 5-7 hour one-on-one verbal presentation that includes:

  1. 1 hour presentation of Continuum Training® Principles and details (25%)
  2. 2-3 hour covering RTSM Science 1. (25%)
  3. 2-3 hour practical exam covering Science 2 and Exercise Practical (50%)
    1. Equipment analysis, structural analysis, related muscular influences, and resulting joint forces
    2. Exercise DELIVERY. I.e. "set up" and execution cues, as well as common structural issues, common "default cheating" concerns and the resulting potential alterations in set up/execution. The default cues presented in class must be presented.
    3. Demonstration of the performance of specific exercises.

RTS Mastery 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 mastery modules, and c) personally "living" the principles during one's own workouts is an absolute must...

RTS3 certification can only be maintained by attending

  • "Cueing, Doing, and Updates" (CDU) once every two years or by altering
  • Any of the Level 3 Courses/Modules with CDU
Replacement of Certificates and Letters of Attendance
  • Letter of attendance replacement $20
  • Certificate replacement $50 (plus shipping)
  • RTSM 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"