You must complete 100% of the course in order to renew your AFAP/AFEP Leader certificate(s) within 6 months.

This is NOT a training course. By taking this course you will NOT become an Arthritis Foundation Aquatic/Exercise Program Leader. This is renewal and refreshing course to renew current or expired AFAP/AFEP Leader certificates. If you did not take original training and Examination please, do not purchase this course! The course is self-paced, allowing you to start and stop as necessary. The Online Course is based upon the content of the Manual supplemented with additional examples and learning tools. The e-Manual is included in this course. Printed black&white version of the Manual in 3-ring binder is available for separate purchase on AEA website under Shop.

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Course curriculum

  • 1
    E-Manual
    • E-Manual
  • 2
    LESSON 1
    • Overview
    • Program Overview
    • Course Overview
    • Target Audience for Programs
    • General Program Goals
    • ​Specific Physical Goals
    • ​Program Outcomes
  • 3
    LESSON 2
    • Medical Aspects
    • What Is Arthritis?
    • Joint Structure
    • Joint Structure Slide Presentation
    • Osteoarthritis
    • ​Rheumatoid Arthritis
    • ​Process of Inflammation
    • ​Other Forms of Arthritis & Related Diseases
    • Psychosocial Impact
    • ​Forms of Exercise
    • Exercise Categories
    • Exercise Principles for Arthritis
    • ​Other Points to Consider
    • Program Applications for Arthritis Symptoms
    • Practice Review Questions
  • 4
    LESSON 3
    • Class Components
    • Creating a Balanced Class
    • General Class Structure
    • Essential Class Components
    • Flexibility & Range of Motion
    • Muscular Strengthening & Endurance
    • Cardiorespiratory Endurance
    • Balance & Coordination
    • Relaxation Techniques
    • Key Instructional Elements
    • Health Education
    • Posture & Body Mechanics
    • ​Body Awareness
    • Breath Awareness
    • Optional Class Activities
    • Class Formats
    • ​Continuous Training
    • ​Interval Training
    • ​Circuit Training
    • ​Deep-Water Options
    • Exercise Intensity & Progression
    • Signs of Overexertion & Distress
    • Talk Test and RPE
    • Practice Review Questions
  • 5
    LESSON 4 Exercise & Activities-General
    • Exercise & Activities-General
    • Exercise Categories
    • Exercise Subcategories
    • Subcategory Summary Pages (AFAP)
    • What did you learn?
    • Subcategory Summary Pages (AFEP)
    • ​Exercise Purpose
    • ADLs & General Tips
    • ​Exercise Precautions
    • General Exercise Precautions
  • 6
    LESSON 4 AFEP (Exercise/Land)
    • AFEP Exercise Classification
    • AFEP Exercise Equipment
    • ​Equipment Safety
    • AFEP Exercises & Activities
    • Using The Manual
    • Exercise Page Evaluation
    • Category II Exercises
    • Category III Exercises
    • Category IV Exercises
    • ​Using The Video Library
    • AFEP Movement Library
  • 7
    Lesson 4 AFAP (Aquatic)
    • AFAP Exercise Classification
    • AFAP Exercise Equipment
    • Flotation Equipment
    • Supportive Equipment
    • Supportive Equipment Slide Presentation
    • ​Resistance Equipment
    • Equipment Safety
    • AFAP Exercises & Activities
    • Using The Manual
    • Exercise Page Evaluation
    • Category II Exercises
    • Category III Exercises
    • Category IV Exercises
    • Using The Video Library
    • AFAP Movement Library
    • Practice Review Questions
  • 8
    LESSON 5
    • Lesson Plans
    • What Is a Lesson Plan
    • Lesson Plan Structure
    • Equipment Options
    • Lesson Plan Development Tool
    • Lesson Plan Questions
    • Multi-Level Programming
    • Exercise Modification
    • Health Education
    • Health Education Topic on Arthritis, Anxiety and Depression
    • WARM-UP & COOL-DOWN
    • Sample Routine 13
    • Cardio Combinations
    • Practice Review Questions
  • 9
    LESSON 6
    • Teaching Tips
    • A Welcoming Beginning
    • Programming for Success
    • Presentation Skills
    • Presentation Strategies
    • ​Cueing Tips
    • 4 Postural Stabilization & Awareness Activities
    • Program Themes
    • Ending On a Positive Note
    • Beyond The Class
    • Ten Tips for Safe & Effective Exercise
    • ​Professional Considerations
    • Practice Review Questions
  • 10
    LESSON 7
    • Aquatic Environment
    • P​roperties Of Water
    • Laws Of Motion
    • Law of Acceleration
    • Law of Action & Reaction
    • Movement Principles
    • Movement Principles
    • Teaching Position
    • Teaching Position Slide Presentation
    • ​Safe Pool Environment
    • ​Water Temperature
    • ​Monitoring Participants
    • ​Water Safety
    • Practice Review Questions
  • 11
    CPR/AED Certification Info
    • CPR/AED Certification Info
  • 12
    Final Quiz
    • Final Test