Apprentice and Skills Training

Become Part of the Next Generation of Strength & Conditioning Professionals:

Become an Apprentice.Carmen Coaching a Workshop

Why An ‘Apprenticeship?’

We want to offer a more customized and personalized system of preparing a new generation of strength & conditioning practitioners.  We want to offer an educational means to develop  competency in clearly defined professional skills.

Whether coaching performance-minded athletes, or the more recreationally inclined, continued learning, specifically in this customized manner will positively evolve your skill-set as professional.

It is time to get out of the textbooks and classrooms and look at building a career from an experiential learning model where coaching and observation is done under the direct supervision of an experienced professional who helps the apprentices achieve measurable competencies.

“Currently, on-the-job training is missing
from almost all educational models.”

About The Apprenticeship Program

This new generation of experiential education and system of instruction is made possible by the vision of  Carmen Bott.

About 60-70 percent of the apprentice’s training will take place in a practical setting. The other 30-40 percent of the training is formal, theoretical instruction at training establishments or via online learning modes.  However, the module curriculum design is somewhat flexible and customized.

Apprentices can choose participate in specific educational opportunities (modules) to acquire new professional skills or refine existing skills and knowledge required for a particular strength & conditioning coaching context.

Apprentices are evaluated on their demonstrated ability to perform within that context in areas such as program design, practice planning, performance analysis, client management, client assessment, technical instruction and more.  See course modules list at the bottom of this page.

Those who complete an apprenticeship in strength & conditioning, or aspects thereof, will possess credibility in the sporting community and of the clients they coach because they have been observed and evaluated “doing” what is required of them as a competent coach. They are recognized as meeting or exceeding the high standards embraced by Human Motion, it’s Advisory Board and each module instructor involved.

How long is an Apprenticeship Program?

The Apprenticeship training program varies.  It will depend on which modules you would like to cover.  You will receive a report upon satisfactory completion of each Module outlining which skills and context you have demonstrated competency in. A period of training for each skill and/or topic usually has, a specific number of hours of on-the-job training and a set amount of formal instruction.  Some apprentices may need more time in an area than others, so we cannot say exactly ‘when’ they will be deemed competent and employable.

How does an apprentice progress through the training?

To complete a module with satisfactory standing the apprentice will:

    • Have successfully completed the formal instruction
    • Have completed the required hours of on-the-job training and a satisfactory report from the supervisor
    • Pass the apprenticeship examination for that period of training (75% is a pass)
    • Have the Apprentice Record Book initialed by the Instructor

What are the responsibilities of the apprentice?

The apprentice is responsible for:

    • Completing the required on-the-job training as assigned by the Module Instructor AND, at the end of each module of apprenticeship
    • Reviewing with his or her Instructor
    • On-the-job training completed
    • Ensuring that his or her record book is updated at the end of each module
    • Attending the required formal instruction
    • Making arrangements to meet personal financial needs while attending formal instruction; acquiring the text books and supplies required for formal instruction
    • Successfully completing the requirements of the formal instruction
    • Completing the required examinations

Where does apprenticeship formal instruction take place?

The location of each module is dependent on who is teaching it.  Some modules will be exclusively online & multi-media learning opportunities while the majority of others will be held at a pre-determined Strength & Conditioning facility.

Can 2 or more students, share an Apprenticeship?

An apprenticeship is a unique and personal learning environment and is customized to your schedule and personal needs.  If you share those needs with a colleague or even a small team, we can customize a learning experience that will suit you. However, evaluations will always be completed individually.

How much does it cost?

The cost of tuition is based around the length of each module and number of credits it is worth.  Please inquire at for the fee schedule and number of hours of instruction, plus more detailed curriculum for each learning module.

You must also be prepared to purchase some textbooks, manuals, information packages and specified supplies. These costs will be minimal.

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Entrance Requirements

Currently, to enter an apprenticeship you must have the educational qualifications required for strength & conditioning coaching and liability insurance.   It is to your advantage to obtain as much education as possible. The further you go in school the better your chances will be to succeed in your apprentice training. You must also provide documentation of conferences attended, workshops and any certifications.  These, however, are not mandatory.  You must also be working with clients.


The Learning Modules

These Learning Modules are for strength & conditioning coaches, personal trainers, sport coaches, physiotherapists and athletic therapists looking to gain education to improve their athletes’ and clients’ performances. Through a combination of theoretical and applied sessions, each apprentice will experience a comprehensive examination of each module.  The length of each module will depend on the apprentices’ background and interest level of the subject matter.

    1. Client Health Screening and the Intake Process
    2. Client Performance Testing and Assessment
    3. Behavioral Change and Motivation
    4. The Biology of Strength and Conditioning
    5. Adaptations to Exercise
    6. Strength Development and Methodology
    7. Power Development and Methodology
    8. Energy System Development and Methodology
    9. Multi-Directional Speed Development and Methodology
    10. Linear Speed Development and Methodology
    11. Athlete Readiness and Monitoring Adaptation
    12. Mobility and Flexibility
    13. Recovery and Regeneration Methodology
    14. Long Term Athlete Development & Periodization Models
    15. Ethical Business Practice

Please inquire at for more information on each module.