The Weight Training Certification course gives you the opportunity to become a Certified Weight Trainer (CWT) while offering exceptional knowledge and expertise in the area of strength training with free weights. It involves student home study with the IWA training manual prior to attending the one day clinic. The clinic involves literature research review on weight training, principals of weight training and advanced exercise analysis. There will also be a weightlifting demonstration with student participation, physical therapy and senior applications of weightlifting exercises, patient case studies involving student problem solving using modified weight training techniques for the injured population and a practical exam on the exercises learned. Upon completion of this course, the student will be certified through the IWA for two years as a Certified Weight Trainer (CWT).


Chris Kolba, M.H.S., P.T.
Jean Momorella, M.S., P.T.
Jodie C. Seligson, M.S., O.T.R.
Mark Stockman, M.S., P.T.
Lisa Godt, M.S., P.T.
Andrea Cheney, M.H.S., P.T.
Deanna Lesmeister, M.S., P.T.
Alyssa Rutchik Padial, M.S., P.T.
Michelle Green, M.S., P.T.
WIlliam M. Klotz, M.S., P.T.
LaVerne Pyle, M.P.T.
Lyle McClune, M.P.T.
Maureen Price, P.T., A.T., C.
Keri Edwards, O.T.
Tonya Breitenbach, O.T.A.
Kent Pierce, A.T., C.
Michelle Green, M.S., P.T.
Vickie D. Gines, D.P.T.
Connie Nehls, P.T., A.T., C.
Kristina Martin, P.T., Certified Pilates Instructor
Pearlas Sanborn, M.P.T., M.B.A., Certified Pilates Instructor
Nicola S. Weiner, M.S., P.T., L.M.T., Certified Pilates Instructor


Upon completion of the course, the attendees will:

  • Understand the benefits of weightlifting for the general, injured and senior population
  • Understand how to modify basic exercises to improve functional outcomes
  • Understand body mechanics and physiology and how they effect weight training techniques
  • Learn therapy concerns about traditional exercises with appropriate modifications
  • Be able to demonstrate and teach proper weightlifting techniques for the healthy and injured population
  • Possess the ability to incorporate knowledge of weightlifting into patient rehabilitation programs
  • Become a Certified Weight Trainer (CWT) through the IWA


The Weight Training Certification course will provide you with the Certified Weight Trainer (CWT) Certification. This course is 6 hours long and requires 6 hours of homestudy. The course times and locations are released 180 days before the day of the course and can be found in the Schedule section of this site. Most locations are prominent hotels near major airports for your convenience. In addition, we will send you written confirmation of the course time and location along with your homestudy materials 21 days before the date of the course. All IWA class sizes are limited and fill quickly.

On-site - The course will last for 6 hours and will consist of lecture, lab, student participation in techniques, manual review and a practical exam on the exercises taught. Students will be graded during the practical exam as well as with oral questioning during the day and lab observation. You will be required to arrive 15 minutes early to register and be dressed to exercise. You will need to bring a set of 5-pound dumbbells and a large towel or mat. This information will be included in your confirmation letter sent to you 21 days before the course.

Homestudy - You will be sent a training manual with your confirmation letter 21 days before the course. You will be required to spend 6 hours reviewing and practicing the exercises contained in the training manual as well as other printed information in the manual. This is done so that you have a base knowledge before arriving at the on-site clinic. At the clinic we will review therapy concerns about traditional exercises, modifications for various special populations (including seniors) and advanced exercise analysis. In addition, we will present information to satisfy all other stated objectives.

Total time required: 6 hours on-site / 6 hours homestudy