Become a Certified Post-Rehabilitation Specialist

What is a Certified Post-Rehabilitation Specialist (CPRS)?
A CPRS is an advanced fitness professional who understands the functional anatomy and biomechanics behind both everyday and sport movement.  These professionals have a mastery of:

  • Joint mechanics, connective tissue, and muscles required with movement; and

  • Biomechanical analysis of prime movements (i.e., squat, lunge, diagonal forward, and reverse lunge); and

  • Recognizing normal vs. abnormal movement patterns; and

  • How to assess, correct, and apply this knowledge with research; and

  • Designing effective programs based on the principles of Periodization Training and Tudor Bompa; and

  • Identifying weak links in the body and common movement dysfunctions affecting the neuromuscular, musculoskeletal, cardiopulmonary, and special populations; and

  • The foundation of science, assessments, and application science of human movement.

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Where is the CPRS typically employed?
Typical sites of employment include: personal training studios, physical therapy and chiropractic clinics, and sports medicine centers, and the homes of clients.

Is the CPRS  authorized to offer medical treatments?

The CPRS identifies clients they can effectively work with, and those that must be referred to a medical professional.  The CPRS is not trained to provide any form of medical treatment including physical therapy, chiropractic or massage therapy care.

What are the benefits of a CPRS?

  • Understand basic anatomy and functional anatomy and its relationship to  daily and sport specific movement.

  • Mastery of the  entire kinematic chain, including joint movements and biomechanics of movement.

  • Understand the foundation of exercise prescription and periodization training and be able to design programs for post rehabilitative clientele that is evidence-based, safe with practical application yielding optimal results.

  • Develop post rehab services for over 40 medical conditions that include common injuries to the spine that include; cervical and lumbar degenerative disc disease(DDD), cervical and spinal stenosis, cervical and lumbar fusion, lumbar sprain, cervical and lumbar disc herniation (back pain), cervical and lumbar radiculopathy, and osteoarthritis; common shoulder injuries that include shoulder impingement, rotator cuff repair, shoulder bursitis, and common knee and hip conditions that include ligament injuries (MCL, LCL, ACL, PCL), patellofemoral syndrome (PFS), total knee replacement (TKR), ITB syndrome, total hip (THR), and many others.

  • Be able to perform a human movement assessment and musculoskeletal screening on the post rehab client.

  • Understand the impact of exercise on common medical conditions.

Can I use the CPRS program to satisfy continuing education requirements?

Yes! Conveniently earn BOTH your CPRS and continuing education units for these professional boards:

ACE 3.5 CEU  |  NASM 1.9 CEU  |  NATA-BOC 12 CEU  |  NFPT 4 CEU  |  NSCA 1.9 CEU

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Are there prerequisite requirements for earning the CPRS?
In addition to completing  the Pinnacle Training & Consulting Systems, LLC CPRS program, the individual must:

  • Possess a degree in health or fitness related field (i.e. exercise physiology, exercise science, kinesiology, physical therapy assistant or similar); OR

  • Possess a national personal training certification from a national fitness agency (ACE, NASM, NSCA, NFPT, etc.)


How do I complete the Pinnacle Training & Consulting Systems CPRS program?

Experience your convenient, comprehensive and engaging online process.  All items are delivered electronically.

1. Home Study Courses: Ten courses, each with study workbooks and practice quizzes.  Supplement your learning with even more 52 optional online videos (each video is approximately 5 to 8 minutes).

2. Test: Review your knowledge with a 125 multiple choice exam.

3. Review Seminars: Benefit with an online, engaging, real time, 2-day seminar.

4. Skills Assessment: Oral exam and practical exam.​

5. Receive your CPRS:  issued by XYZ, in approximately XYZ.

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What home study courses are included?

Through your unique Digital Chalk account, you will be able to access 10 home study courses (comprised instructional video, workbook and practice quiz).  The home study courses prepare you for the 125 multiple-choice test and Skills Assessment (oral exam and practical exam).  Videos are downloadable, so you can view and learn from anywhere--no internet connection required.   

1. Anatomy and Functional Anatomy Behind Human Movement, Part 1
2. Joint Movement and Actions
3. Understanding the Kinetic Chain
4. Foundation of Biomechanics and Biomechanics of Movement
5. Musculoskeletal and Movement Screening
6. Rehabilitation Principles Course
7. Foundation of Exercise Prescription
8. Foundation of Periodization Training and Program Design
9. Understanding Common Movement Dysfunctions
10. Scope of Practice

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View CPRS Video 1: Anatomy and Functional Anatomy Behind Human Movement.

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Can you please describe the test (125 multiple-choice exam)?

This comprehensive exam addresses the information derived from the 10 home study courses.  It is designed to test your understanding and application of the related material.

What can I expect from the Review Seminars?
The seminars review the knowledge and principles that will help you pass the Skills Assessment. Seminars are in real time.  You will setup a Saturday/Sunday schedule with the instructor, Chris Gellert, PT, MMusc & Sportsphysio, MPT, CSCS, C-IASTM, CPC / Pinnacle Training & Consulting Systems, LLC / Founder and CEO.


View seminar schedule and outline here.

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What is required for the Skills Assessment portion of this course?

The Skills Assessment is the final portion of the CPRS program and includes:

  • Oral Exam
    Consists of a mock case, where the student anatomically defines the dysfunction, biomechanical implications, discuss pathophysiology and mechanism of injury, and creates a simple exercise program. The exercise program consists of precautionary exercise, one contraindicated exercise, three core exercises and foundation exercise training.

  • Practical Exam
    Evaluate a client, take a history, and analyze posture, static and movement and develop corrective exercises.
    Minimum score of 70% required.

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