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PPCES is the abbreviation for Fit For Birth's Pre & Post Natal Corrective Exercise Specialist Course
The ONLINE PPCES is currently $497. Pricing for LIVE courses varies and Can Be Viewed Here.
All materials are provided to you as part of a state-of-the-art E-Learning platform, which is fully accessible to you immediately, using your email and password.
You can purchase our Corrective Exercise Specialist Course here. One time payments or payment plan options are available.
1.9 NASM credits
7 NCSF credits
2.6 ACE credits
28 ACSM CECs
15 AFAA CEUs
28 CDR CPEUs
8 REPSSA credits
20 ISSA credits
4 CanFitPro CECs
Yes, you can contact your certifying body, request and submit a CEU petition application to determine the CEU value that will be given. This will often occur as follows:
The short answer is yes. Our courses are available in the U.K. and currently Fit For Birth has students and graduates in more than 30 countries around the world. And we are “transferable” in that our course is recognized and even Pre-Approved by organizations who have jurisdiction in countries all over the world. For example, AFAA & NASM qualify fitness professionals in dozens of countries around the world, spanning multiple continents. ACE, NCSF and ACSM have a presence in Europe, and REPSSA is present in South Africa, Europe, Australia, New Zealand, U.A.E. and Canada.
Our courses are also transferrable in that quality education helps any fitness professional anywhere to perform their skills better. Even so, the most direct way to confirm for sure is to ask your employer, your clients, and/or your governing fitness body if they will accept a Fit For Birth course as part of your continuing education program. If so, then the answer is clearly yes.
The more involved answer may also be of interest to you. It takes time for official regulations to pass and international standards to be set. For example, the fitness industry has risen only in the last several decades and still is not regulated in most U.S. states. International regulation won’t likely occur until individual states and countries set their own internal regulations, perhaps over the next few decades.
Finally, the Pre & Postnatal Fitness Professional has not yet been identified as a unique profession, so specific regulation in this realm is not likely to begin until all of the above has been set prior or at least in conjunction. (This process is the same way that medical doctors, physical therapists, and massage therapists, for example, have gone from unregulated to regulated within states/countries and later to governed and accepted between countries.)
For Prenatal Professionals, companies like Fit For Birth are likely to be the trend setters who ultimately forge the paths to regulation – first nationally, then internationally. And this is our clear intention. We’re a great team to be a part of, growing every day, and intending to provide the most solid scientific progressive evidence wrapped into a fun education. We also aim to be fully transparent along the way, so we are happy to answer all your questions regarding this somewhat tricky topic.
Please visit here for live course information. Interested in having Fit For Birth come to your town? Please email Becca@getifitforbirth.com with your contact information and city where you would like us to have a live workshop.
Don’t want to wait for us to come to your city? Check out our online course, which includes coverage of a live course!
After registering, you will be able to login and start taking the course immediately. You will also have access to the PPCES Private Facebook Page, as well as support from the Fit For Birth "Inner Unit" team.
It’s completely up to you on how fast you finish the program. We have had people complete it in a week or two, other people take months, to a year (and sometimes more)! Here is an approximate breakdown on what to expect from the PPCES online course material:
Fit For Birth Team Members are here to help and assist you with anything that you need. We are known for our thorough support and follow-through. Just call or email!
You will also find support from your Fit For Birth colleagues around the world via access to your Private Facebook Group. It is common for members of this group to offer advice and suggestions to those who post questions.
The primary audience of this course is Fitness Professionals. However, we have had participants from all over the health and wellness field:
This is a course that is intended for anyone interested in enriching their experience in Corrective Exercise, as well as any Health Professional who is interested in understanding a more complete truth about the modern birthing industry, the disastrous “three trends” that threaten the modern world, and the power of some radically underutilized natural solutions!
Absolutely! The course can be taken in any location, and we currently have instructors from thirty countries around the world.
The Course has already been pre-approved by multiple organizations who certify professionals globally. If you live in a country outside of the United States, and would like us to seek approval to your fitness or health organization, please let us know! We add to our pre-approvals frequently.
Thank you for the important work you do. The modern world really needs birth professionals who have deep access to the natural solutions that can enhance your prenatal clients’ chances for smooth and successful natural births, without the need for medical interventions.
Midwives and Doulas have been participating in Fit For Birth courses since the inception of the PPCES. And there is no need for you to become a trainer "officially" in any other manner! As you learn from our courses, you will understand how to advise your clients on exercise, health and life coaching within the setting of your clinic, easily streamlining with your current practice. In addition, in most cases around the world and within the U.S., if you desire, you will be able to coach very specific exercises that can offer immediate relief for a variety of pregnancy and postpartum issues.
As a birth professional, you are in a great position to educate and help pregnant women and this course will put you at an even greater advantage!
It's usually simple and works like this:
Please note that it is not obligatory for your organization to approve this course, however, to date, we have not heard of any professional NOT receiving approval. If this is an important consideration for you, please contact your certifying body in advance to confirm whether or not the PPCES is likely to be approved.
Yes! Here is a precise example of what our Pilates students have experienced when they apply for CEC’s from Pilates Method Alliance:
1. Go online to this site (http://www.pilatesmethodalliance.org/i4a/pages/index.cfm?pageID=3671). Where it indicates, “For Petition Application,” choose “Click Here” and enter your login details.
2. Submit (A) the Course Outline, (B) instructor CV, and (C) Manual Bibliography (All of which Fit For Birth will provide for you to easily submit)
3. Pay $25 and wait for approval
4. Approval for 16 CEC’s (the required number in order to keep her PMA certification every 2 years) has been given to our graduates, and the approval came in less than 2 weeks!
(This question was last updated on August 16, 2018)
YES! The primary audience of this course is Fitness Professionals. However, we have had participants from all over the health and wellness field:
Yes, the course is designed for participation entirely online, at any location that is convenient to you. You will need a computer with internet access. If you do not have online access, please contact
firstname.lastname@example.org and we will happily help you find another way to participate.
There is no “final exam” and our educational process is purposefully designed for learning rather than pass/fail. Our educational belief is focused in helping you improve your skills from whatever level you are currently. We require you to complete the quizzes and participate in a 2 hour Video Conference (VC) session with a Fit For Birth Head Coach.
There are six quizzes that highlight the main ideas from the course work, and help solidify your understanding. These are very straight forward and primarily right out of the manual. They are designed simply to highlight the most important areas of information.
Details about the VC Session:
The session is not pass/fail! There are three intentions of this VC:
1. To help you improve your skills as a qualified professional.
2. To find the primary misalignments or less-than-optimal function in your client and help her understand and feel the solution through corrective exercise.
3. To have fun and enjoy the process.
There is not a required structure for the 120 minute VC to proceed, but there is a usual format. Unless otherwise discussed with a Fit For Birth Head Coach, you can plan for the following:
The session is designed to have you practice assessing, training, and inspiring your prenatal or postnatal clients to understand the importance of training with you. This is a great opportunity for you to practice “selling” the impact of your services and how you would recommend her to move forward.
In other words, not only will you get to participate in how a FFB Head Coach performs a sales-based assessment, but the client will be gently coached to understand how important it can be to have a coach with your skillset.
Please expect for you and your client to spend about 120 minutes during this VC session. Typically, you’ll spend about 10 minutes at the beginning of the session discussing with the FFB Head Coach, before your client is asked to participate.
Preparing for Your VC Session:
First, you will schedule your VC at a time that is convenient for you (and your "client") using our online scheduler (email Theresa@GetFitForBirth.com with any questions.)
What you will bring / prepare:
On the Day of your VC Session:
About 10 minutes prior to your session, you will receive an email asking you to “Please join your Fit For Birth Video Call!” Regardless of whether you are on a computer, phone, tablet, or any smart device, you will click on the first link which says something similar to this: https://zoom.us/j/866434959
After you click on the link in the email, you will be prompted to download Zoom and create an account by entering an email and password (unless you already have an account created). After just a few moments, you will join the video call.
No worries at all. If you work in another field, we can design the VC session to fit your work more specifically. We want to make sure that the session is relevant to your practice, and is something that is really valuable for you. Here are some possibilities, although anything is possible:
After submitting your quizzes, you will schedule your VC Session through our online scheduler.
Graduates and their clients often find the VC session valuable so we now offer additional VC sessions for purchase. This may be the case for those trainers who wish to make it a formal part of their “First Session” with every client. In addition, the VC can be used as a “Special Session” for certain clients who may like the idea of a check-in with a Fit For Birth Head Coach at various points in the pregnancy, just to continue the learning process, oversee the techniques, and keep things moving forward smoothly, safely, and fun.
Each additional VC session currently costs $200.
You may consider working the cost into the price structure for your coaching services. For example, you can offer your prenatal clients a special “upgrade” once per month or once per week where she pays for the extra session. For those of you with a monthly pricing structure, it can be a real marketing asset to offer your client the option of having her program be “co-created” or “reviewed” by the Fit For Birth team. By working additional Video Conferencing sessions into your price structure, your client pays for the additional session directly. This means that you, the Fit For Birth professional, can get guidance and coaching on the fly and at little cost to you, while your prenatal client experiences the benefits of having a “team” to be a part of her pregnancy!
If you do not have access to a reliable internet connection that can support video conferencing, we have an alternative finalization process. It involves your submitting a case study and two written pieces that are intended to directly help you build your business.
Upon completion, your title will be: “Fit For Birth Pre & Post Natal Corrective Exercise Specialist.”
Essentially, you can say, “I have completed Fit For Birth’s Certificate of Advanced Qualification Continuing Education Credit: Pre & Post Natal Corrective Exercise Specialist Course.”
No, there is no recertification necessary. Once you have completed the course, you are considered a “Fit For Birth Pre & Post Natal Corrective Exercise Specialist” and remain part of our worldwide family for no additional cost.
Upon completion of your Video Call (VC) Session, the certificate of completion will be emailed to you.