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Educational Courses

Educational Courses to Accompany the New Textbook

NEW: ACSM Course -- Law for Fitness Managers

This course began November 2022 -- it is offered to ACSM and Non-ACSM Members. Earn 11 CECs by completing 5 self-study modules. For more information, contact JoAnn at: [email protected] 

Fitness Law Academy Courses:

Course #1: Faculty Training Course

This faculty training course was first offered in the summer of 2021 and then again in the summer of 2022. There are two options to take this course: (a) Option 1: a self-study (independent) course only, or (b) Option 2: a self-study course that also includes live Zoom classes -- see below: Course #1: Faculty Training Course

Course #2: CEC/CEU Course – Minimizing Legal Liability and Maximizing Fitness Safety

This self-study course, described below, is designed for fitness managers, exercise professionals, and students. Upon successful completion of the course, 22 ACSM CECs or 2.0 NSCA CEUs are awarded. Individuals can register anytime for the "self-study" course and complete it at their own pace. For more information, see Course #2 below.         


Bios of Textbook Authors:

JoAnn Eickhoff-Shemek, PhD, FACSM

Barbara Zabawa, JD, MPH

Paul Fenaroli, JD

COURSE #1 – Faculty Training Courses: Professors Can Choose the Option Best for Them

Option 1: This "self-study" course is primarily designed for faculty members who want to include legal/risk management content in an existing course. Individuals can register and complete this course anytime. 

Option 2: This "self-study" course also includes a 11-week live Zoom class. It is primarily designed for faculty members who want to offer an entire course covering legal/risk management topics and possibly adopt the textbook for the course. This course is planned to begin in May 2023 -- more info will be available soon. 

Professors enrolled in both courses will receive the textbook and numerous ancillaries to help them learn/apply the content presented in the textbook and to use with their students in classes as well as the option to earn ACSM CECs or NSCA CEUs. Click the "More Info" button below for a brochure that describes the two options, the ancillaries, Option 2 details, FAQs, and registration fees. Click the "Registration" button to register for Option 1 or Option 2. 


Refund, Return, Transfer, and Cancellation Policies:

Option 1: No refunds, returns, and cancellations for Option 1. However, professors/instructors can transfer their registration to another individual. For this option, you must inform Dr. JES ([email protected]) the name and e-mail address of the person to whom you are transferring the course. You are responsible for any and all transactions and costs involved in the transfer.

Option 2 for 2022 course: Professors/instructors who need to cancel can do so if Dr. JES ([email protected]) is notified by Friday, May 20, 2022.  A full refund (minus $89 to cover the cost of the textbook) will be issued. Professors keep the textbook and the course materials. No refunds May 21, 2022, or after. When cancelling, there is no option to earn CECs/CEUs. 

Course Cancellation Policy:

If at any time, the course professor cancels either course (Option 1 or Option 2), a full refund will be issued provided the textbook is returned in excellent condition. 

PLEASE NOTE: The More Info and Registration Buttons below reflect 2022 ​information -- 2023 information will be available soon. 

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COURSE #2 – CEC/CEU Course: Minimizing Legal Liability and Maximizing Fitness Safety 

Earn 22 ACSM CECs and/or 2.0 NSCA CEUs. This course is the only comprehensive CEC/CEU course in the country that addresses legal and risk management concepts that are essential for all fitness managers, exercise professionals, and students to learn and apply in today’s litigious society. The course fee includes the textbook (sells for $89 on Amazon) and Study Guide that includes five files: (1) Instructions (2) Study Questions for each of the 11 chapters in the textbook, (3) Answers to all of the study questions, (4) CEC/CEU exam, and (5) Course evaluation form. Upon successful completion of this course, fitness managers and other professionals in supervisory positions can earn the Fitness Law Academy's certification: Certified Fitness Safety Manager. See the Certification page for more information.

Click the "More Info" button for detailed description of the CEC/CEU course, course fee, and Terms and Conditions. Click the "Registration" button to register for the Self-Study course -- see option for students who receive a 20% discount.   


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NOTE: If you have a certification from an organization other than ACSM or NSCA, you can contact that organization to ask about petition requirements to obtain CEs from our course.