Certified Exercise Experts 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 aging 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.

Course Dates & Locations

Registration Opening Soon



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, 3301 College Avenue, 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: March 20-21, 2021
  • Course 2:  May 15-16, 2021
  • Course 3:  August 14-15, 2021

St. Louis Park, MN – Methodist Hospital, 6500 Excelsior Blvd. St. Louis Park, MN 55426

  • Course 2: April 17-18, 2021
  • Course 3: June 5-6, 2021


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

All course times are as follows: Saturday 8am - 5pm and Sunday 7:30am - 4:30pm.

St. Louis Park, MN

  • Methodist Hospital
     6500 Excelsior Blvd. St. Louis Park, MN 55426

Course 1: October 5-6 2019 Hurry, Only 8 openings left!
Course 2: April 17-18 2021 Hurry, Only 5 openings left!
Course 3: June 5-6 2021 Hurry, Only 5 openings left!

Cleveland, OH

  • Cleveland State University
     2121 Euclid Avenue, Cleveland, OH 44115

Course 1: May 22-23 2021
Course 2: June 12-13 2021
Course 3: September 25-26 2021

Fort Lauderdale, FL

  • Nova Southeastern University
     3301 College Avenue 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: March 20-21 2021
Course 2: May 15-16 2021
Course 3: August 14-15 2021


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.

Two Instructors for Each Course

  • Laurel Daniels Abbruzzese, PT, EdD
  • Brad Abrams, PT, DPT
  • Richard Bohannon, PT, PhD
  • Kathy Brewer, PT
  • Linda Eargle, PT, DPT
  • Tamara N. Gravano, PT, EdD, DPT
  • Greg Hartley, PT, DPT, MS
  • 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

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

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