The @ExerciseConnect fitness program for individuals with autism and special needs has a certificaiton in Autism Exercise Specialist.

American College of Sports Medicine


Canadian Society for Exercise Physiology (CSEP)
The Autism Exercise Specialist Certificate for CSEP PDCs!

The Online Modules are valued at 6 PDCs and the In-Person Workshop another 6 PDCs. A total value of 12 CSEP PDCs will be earned, along with an ACSM Certificate, and most important the knowledge to bring exercise – and its many benefits – into the lives of those with autism.

Autism Exercise Specialist CEC Course – Online

By David Geslak, ACSM EP-C

An ACSM/Exercise Connection Autism Exercise Specialist certificate holder is an exercise professional, physical or adapted physical education teacher, physical therapist, recreational therapist, or special education professional (see below) who understands the needs and strategies used with autism when implementing an individual or group exercise program in a gym, home, or classroom setting.

The Autism Exercise Specialist CEC course is the prerequisite to the Autism Exercise Specialist Certificate. The CEC course involves completing Online Modules, which will establish the foundational framework of understanding autism, evidence-based teaching practices, and exercise program design to prepare you to work with those on the autism spectrum.

Once you receive the Certificate of Completion for the CEC course, you have earned 6.00 ACSM CECs and are now qualified to take the in-person workshop for the Autism Exercise Specialist Certificate. More information about the in-person workshops can be found at

Enroll in the Online Modules