Post Rehabilitation Specialist (CPRS) Certification

Gain the confidence, knowledge, and skills to work with any client

Do you want to excel as a personal trainer? Become a Post Rehabilitation Specialist (CPRS).

Infofit is proud to offer the Post Rehabilitation Specialist (CPRS) certification, written by Chris Gellert, PT, MMusc & Sportsphysio, MPT, CSCS, C-IASTM, CPC of Pinnacle Training & Consulting Systems, LLC.

Course Description

The Certified Post Rehabilitation Specialist (CPRS) certification, created by expert Chris Gellert, is for the health and fitness professionals looking to learn, and truly understand the fundamentals of human movement, rehabilitation, exercise prescription, and periodization training while offering post rehabilitation training to post rehab clients. The CPRS will learn to recognize the clients they can work with, and those who must be referred to a medical professional.

Career Opportunities

Post Rehabilitation Specialist’s usually work in health clubs, personal training studios, physical therapy and chiropractic clinics, and sports medicine center’s, as well as in clients’ homes.

The CPRS is not to provide any form of medical treatment including physical therapy, chiropractic or massage therapy care.

Learning Outcomes/ Course objectives

The Post Rehabilitation Specialist Certification Program Consists of 10 Modules/Courses

Course 1: Anatomy and functional anatomy behind human movement

  • Compare the foundational anatomy and functional anatomy behind both daily and sport-specific movements.
  • Interpret the evidence-based research on the spine and foundation of lumbopelvic stabilization. Particularly, the importance and significance of the transverse abdominis, quadratus lumborum, multifidi and oblique muscles.
  • Interpret the foundation material about fascia, fascial slings and their effect on daily function.
  • Perform common muscle length assessments of the lower body and functional assessments of the shoulder and spine.
  • Understand the ‘weak links’ within the entire kinematic chain, according to the research and learn effective exercises to target these areas with rationale.
  • Explain the muscles that produce the movement behind daily and sport
    specific movements.

Course 2: Joint movements and actions

  • Differentiate how the joints of the ankle, knee, hip, shoulder and spine move.
  • Distinguish how a hinge, pivot, ball and socket, saddle, condyloid and gliding joints move within the body.
  • Differentiate the different types of bones within the musculoskeletal system and their respective function.
  • Compare the different planes of movement as it relates to both daily and sport-specific movements

Course 3: Understanding the kinetic chain

  • Interpret the fundamental concepts of mobility and stability as it relates to how the ankle, knee, hip, and lumbar spine move.
  • Differentiate among an open chain movement and a closed chain movement providing one example of each.
  • Analyze the different parts of the kinetic chain during both static and dynamic movements.
  • Distinguish the difference between a mobilizer and stabilizer muscle while providing one example of each.

Course 4: Foundation of Biomechanics and Biomechanics of movement

  • Interpret the terms mobility, stability, controlled mobility and skill providing one example of each as it relates to movement.
  • Interpret the biomechanics of movement within the spine, shoulder, hip, knee and ankle.
  • Differentiate among the three planes of movement, providing one example of each.
  • Distinguish the factors that can affect or interfere with range of motion.
  • Compare the different types of range of motion available within the ankle, knee, hip, shoulder joints.
  • Express what the scapuhumeral rhythm (SHR) is within the shoulder and its importance with shoulder flexion and shoulder abduction movements.

Course 5: Musculoskeletal and Movement Screening  

  • Compare the fundamental components behind both a musculoskeletal and movement screen.
  • Independently execute or perform a musculoskeletal movement screen after completing the CPRS certification.
  • Identify and recognize warning signs or red flags that indicate the client is in need of evaluation or treatment from a licensed medical professional.
  • Interpret recognizing normal vs. abnormal movement patterns and be able to modify and select appropriate exercises.

Course 6: Rehabilitation Principles

  • Compare common orthopaedic injuries that affect the musculoskeletal system vs. common neuromuscular injuries.
  • Interpret the inflammatory process and all of the stages associated with an injury.
  • Distinguish the difference between a ligament and a tendon injury.
  • Distinguish the difference between tissue healing vs. bone healing as it relates to the post-rehab client.
  • Interpret the base pain mechanisms an individual experiences with any soft tissue, bone or orthopaedic injury.
  • Interpret the evidence-based research behind common soft tissue injuries, including the medical management, physical therapy and rehabilitation involved.
  • Deduce the difference between mobility and stability as it relates to the post-rehabilitation client.
  • Defend an exercise program that includes post-rehabilitation training principles designed for a client that is individualized and client-specific.
  • Differentiate the difference between neuromuscular control and stabilization training as it applies to the post-rehabilitation client.

Course 7: Foundation of Exercise and Exercise prescription

  • Infer the physiologic effect of aerobic and anaerobic exercise has on common medical conditions.
  • Independently design a microcycle, mesocycle or macrocycle for common sports listed in the CPRS certification.
  • Defend when prescribing any exercise, and when to recognize to modify or progress based on science and evidence-based research.
  • Interpret the difference between an open-chain movement vs. a closed chain movement and giving one example of each.
  • Apply the principles of specificity and overload principle with the post-rehabilitation client.
  • Defend the use of a concentric and eccentric exercise
  • Interpret the four phases of a therapeutic exercise program, including the goals of these phases and methodology of implementation.

Course 8: Foundation of periodization training

  • Differentiate the principles of therapeutic exercise and program design as it relates to the post-rehabilitation client.
  • Compare the principles of Periodization Training and Program Design.
  • Distinguish the differences between the concepts of agility, power and speed.
  • Independently evaluate a sports performance client using one agility, one speed and one power assessment measurement.
  • Independently execute a sports performance evaluation and the components associated within the assessment.
  • Interpret the primary energy systems used within 15 common sports.
  • Independently design sample beginner and advanced sport-specific training programs for common sports such as baseball, basketball, football, soccer and others.
  • Design sample microcycle, mesocycle and macrocycle programs for 15 common sports.

Course 9: Common movement dysfunctions of the orthopaedic, neuromuscular, CP/CV & special populations 

  • Differentiate between common orthopaedic, neuromuscular, cardiopulmonary, cardiovascular and special population dysfunctions.
  • Design customized post-rehabilitation exercise programs that are scientifically based and supported with evidence-based research.
  • Independently critically evaluate the mechanisms of injuries and medical management differences among common pathology/movement dysfunctions.
  • Interpret the mechanism of injury, common symptoms, medical management, common physical therapy treatment with post-therapy training of common orthopaedic injuries.
  • Independently design sample beginner and advanced programs for movement dysfunctions defending rationale that is based on science and research.

Course 10: Scope of Practice of CPRS and Marketing Post Rehabilitative Service

  • Interpret the scope of practice of a Post-Rehabilitation Specialist as it relates to Post-Rehabilitation Training.
  • Interpret the role of the CPRS as it relates to Post-Rehabilitation Training.
  • Compare the difference between marketing and public relations as it relates to both fitness professionals and post-rehabilitation specialists.
  • Interpret realistic opportunities and earning potential for the Post-Rehabilitation Specialist.
  • Distinguish how to market, promote and utilize the advanced training and skillset as a CPRS

Delivery Methods

The course is delivered as a recorded instructor-led, online lecture. Students will need a computer with internet access. Students can begin any time and go at their own pace.

Admission Requirements

The admission requirements for this program are as follows:

  • Must be 19-years of age or older
  • Students must be able to speak and understand English as the course is taught in English
  • Personal Trainer Certification

Required Textbooks

The student will receive access to the audio files of the completed lessons. All course material and workbooks will be sent via email.

Program Duration:

Post-Rehabilitation Specialist (CPRS) Certification is offered online, with a total of 35 instructional hours completed at the students’ pace.

Refund Policy

As all course material is sent via email, and students will have immediate access to the course, no refund is allowed after purchase

Homework Hours

The approximate total number of reading time in hours is 40 hours.

Student Progress/Assessment Methods

Student performance will be evaluated on completion of all course exams including the final.

Attendance Expectations

Students are expected to have completed 100% of the online lessons.

Graduation Requirements

The course consists of 10 Modules, there will be a 125 question timed exam after each module.  These 10 exams will make up 100% of the course mark.

There will be a timed 125 multiple-choice online examination that covers all of the material on the 10 home study courses. Students will need to get 70% overall mark to graduate from the course and receive the credential.

Upon successful completion of the entire Post Rehabilitation Specialist (CPRS) Certification, Pinnacle will provide each student a Certificate of Graduation. Students must complete all course requirements to receive the Certificate of Graduation and credit for this course.





  • Hold a degree in health or fitness related field (i.e. exercise physiology, exercise science, kinesiology, physical therapy assistant or similar).
  • Or hold a national personal training certification from a national fitness agency such as i.e. ACE, NASM, NSCA, NFPT, etc.
  • Complete all the units accompanying the Certified Post Rehabilitation Specialist Track.
  • Pass an online examination and an oral examination with a score of 70% or better.

Student Information

ACE: 3.5


NASM: 1.9

Course Cost
Pricing: $472.50

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