Certified Exercise Expert for Aging Adults (CEEAA)


All PTs with the CEEAA® credential will demonstrate expert clinical decision-making skills in:

  1. Designing and applying an effective examination and exercise prescription; and
  2. Measuring the effectiveness and reflecting the current evidence of exercise for all ageing adults.

The process to attain the credential of CEEAA® is to complete formal didactic education and to participate in supervised and mentored skills development, home-based reflection and critical thinking. Three courses of two days each will address evidence-based examination and different and increasingly complex aspects of exercise design and delivery. The three courses are designed to build on each other; however, Courses 1 and 2 may be taken out of sequence with prior approval from the course administrators. Participants will be required to complete the series two years from the first course taken and must receive prior permission from course administrators. All participants are strongly encouraged to take the three courses in one location.

After each course there is an online exam to be completed within 3 months of the course. There is one practical that is done onsite either course 2 or 3. Participants will receive two attempts to achieve a 75% passing score for the three online tests and the practical. While all attendees will receive continuing education credit, the tests/practical exam must be completed successfully within 3 months to achieve the certification designation.



Atlanta, GA – Mercer University, 3001 Mercer University Dr, Atlanta, GA 30341

  • Course 1: June 11-12 2022
  • Course 2: September 17-18 2022
  • Course 3: November 12-13 2022

Fort Worth, TX – University of North Texas Health Science Center, 3500 Camp Bowie Blvd, Fort Worth, TX 76107

  • Course 1 – April 23-24, 2022
  • Course 2 – May 21-22, 2022
  • Course 3 – August 27-28, 2022

St. Louis, MO– Maryville University, 650 Maryville University Drive, St. Louis, MO 63141

  • Course 1: May 14-15, 2022
  • Course 2: August 6-7, 2022
  • Course 3: October 8-9, 2022

PLEASE NOTE: Participants are urged to check with their State Licensure Board to see if the courses count towards continuing education credit.

Course 1:
Introduction and Examination (Tests and Measures)

Course 2:
Exercise Prescription and Consensus Guidelines

Course 3:
Special Populations, Complementary Exercises, Motivation, Drug and Nutritional Considerations, and Marketing

Excellent!! The series was fantastic. I am happy to be part of the community and my clinic has benefited due to inservices on every course. Thanks so much!”

-Cathy R. Director of Rehabilitation


There will be an online examination for Courses 1, 2, and 3. The skills test for the content of Course 1 will be performed on site during Course 2 or 3. If a participant does not achieve a passing grade on the skills test, they will be given the opportunity to retake the examination prior to the completion of Course 3. All assessments must be completed within six weeks of taking the related course. A participant must achieve minimum criteria in both the skills and didactic assessments to progress to the next level; however, a person can elect to take a course without being tested. After the successful completion of the 3 courses, 3 online examinations, and skills test, the participant will receive a certificate to recognize the certification.


  • Laurel Daniels Abbruzzese, PT, EdD
  • Brad Abrams, PT, DPT
  • Richard Bohannon, PT, PhD
  • Kathy Brewer, PT
  • Patricia Brick, PT, MS
  • Cathy Ciolek, PT, DPT, FAPTA
  • Linda Eargle, PT, DPT
  • Tamara N. Gravano, PT, EdD, DPT
  • Jill Heitzman, PT, DPT, PhD
  • Larry Hochreiter, PT
  • Lucy Jones, PT, DPT, MHA
  • Kenneth L Miller, PT, DPT
  • Myla Quiben, DPT, PhD
  • Robin Schroeder, PT, DPT
  • William H. Staples, PT, DPT, DHS
  • Sue Wenker, PT, PhD
Frequently Asked Questions

Yes. The courses for the CEEAA® will provide the most up to date information on functional testing and exercise prescription for aging adults. It will allow documentation of advanced clinical abilities in evidence-based exercise prescription for employers, insurance companies, referral sources, and the community.

Any continuing education might prepare PTs for the ABPTS Geriatric Specialist exam. To become an ABPTS Specialist, you must meet a requirement for a number of clinical practice hours and pass an examination. How you gain your knowledge leading up to that examination is your choice. The CEEAA® courses will likely help physical therapists to better prepare for the Geriatric Specialist examination.

St. Louis Park, MN
Methodist Hospital, 6500 Excelsior Blvd. St. Louis Park, MN 55426
Course 2: August 2021 (dates TBD)
Course 3: September/October 2021 (dates TBD)

Cleveland, OH
Cleveland State University
2121 Euclid Avenue, Cleveland, OH 44115
Course 1: August 2021 (dates TBD)
Course 2: September 2021 (dates TBD)
Course 3: October 2021 (dates TBD)

Fort Lauderdale, FL
Nova Southeastern University
3200 S. University Dr. Fort Lauderdale, FL 33314
Course 1: April 10-11, 2021
Course 2: July 10-11, 2021
Course 3: September 11-12, 2021

New Orleans, LA
Touro Infirmary Hospital
1401 Foucher Street New Orleans, LA 70115
Course 1: June 26-27, 2021
Course 2: August 14-15, 2021
Course 3: October 23-24, 2021

The registration fee includes the following for each course:


  • Course lab manual
  • Continental breakfast, one snack and lunch are included for each course day.
  • Certificates of completion and final e-certificate
  • Access to 3 online exams and 1 practical exam

In order to achieve the designation of CEEAA, you must complete all 3 online exams within 3 months of the course and the practical exam given at either course 2 or 3 at a passing rate of 75%. If absenteeism occurs during any of the 3 courses, arrangements MUST be made with the course coordinator on fulfilling the requirements to become a Certified Exercise Expert for the Aging Adults. Contact the course administrator through the executive office of the APTA Geriatrics to make arrangements.

Following each course, registrants to be required to pass an online exam. Information on accessing these exams will be provided on site.

Physical therapist assistants can attend the courses. However, PTAs will not be eligible to undergo skills and written testing, and will not be eligible to receive a Certificate of Achievement for Certified Exercise Expert for Aging Adults. Student PTAs are not eligible to participate.

The APTA Geriatrics is committed to providing evidence based content for competency-based education and training for PTs and PTAs. This will be provided throughout the three CEEAA® courses. These courses will provide a logical sequence of the most up to date information, allowing participants to build on skills and information received in previous courses. Each course is competency based; meaning that testing from the learning objectives will be completed for each course. This process will allow documentation of advanced clinical abilities for employers, insurance companies, referral sources, and the community.

1. Applicants will be required to successfully complete skills testing prior to the end of the third course.

2. Applicants will be given an online test at the end of each course.

APTA Geriatrics Member – $1,600

APTA or Nonmember – $1,900

Each course is held over a weekend. Typical schedule is as follows:

  • Saturday 7:30 am – 5:00 pm (local time)
  • Sunday: 7:00 am – 4:30 pm (local time)

These times are approximate. Registrants will receive specific course schedule information after registering.

During courses 2 and 3, practical exams are typically administered on Friday and Saturday evenings based on faculty availability. When scheduling their practical exam, registrants should plan travel accordingly.

Registrants will receive pre-reading resources/recommendations approximately 3 weeks prior to each course.

Participants will receive a certificate of participation documenting attendance for 16 hours (per course) and are urged to check with their State Licensure Board to see if the courses count towards continuing education credit.

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Registration Type Regular 3-Course Series
APTA Geriatrics Member $1,600
APTA or Nonmember $1,900