Reach the Summit...

In this Level 3 course you will reach the pinnacle in your mastery of Diabetes Exercise. Your primary goal as a fitness professional, in working with those who are diabetic or prediabetic, should be to help them preserve and enhance their quality of life (that is, feeling well), which means helping them learn more about how to manage blood glucose with exercise as an added variable and avoiding worsening any of their health problems with physical activities that you recommend.

The more you know about diabetes and exercise, the better equipped you will be to help your clients with any type of diabetes or prediabetes be as active as possible to optimize their health. This level of the program discusses topics not yet covered in the other two, such as exercising with diabetes while pregnant or working with diabetic athletes, and revisits other important ones in more detail.

There’s no doubt that you’ll be ready to take on any client with diabetes or prediabetes and help him or her getting moving more after completing this final level of training. Helping your clients with your knowledge is the best gift you can give them—the gift of better health despite having a chronic disease.

*Level 1 and Level 2 are Pre-requisites

Upon the successful completion of Level 3, you will receive the certification of Diabetes Exercise Specialist (DES)

This course provides continuing education credits and is Approved for:


6.0 American College of Sports Medicine (ACSM)

6.0 American Fitness Professional Association (AFPA)

6.0 Aquatic Exercise Association (AEA)

0.6 Aquatic Therapy and Rehabilitation Institute (ATRI)

1.0 Canfitpro (Note: All three Levels combined are approved for 4 CECs in total for the Diabetes Exercise Specialist Certification )

6.0 International Sports Sciences Association (ISSA)

3.0 National Council on Strength and Fitness (NCSF)

6.0 National Strength Professionals Association (NSPA)

6.0 Nova Scotia Fitness Association (NSFA)

6.0 Sara’s City Workout(SCW)

6.0 YMCA

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Sheri R. Colberg, PhD, FACSM

Sheri R. Colberg, PhD, FACSM, is an author, exercise physiologist, lecturer, and professor emerita of exercise science (Old Dominion University, Norfolk, VA). In 2016, she was honored with the American Diabetes Association Outstanding Educator in Diabetes Award. A respected researcher and lecturer, she has authored more than 400 articles on exercise, diabetes, and health, as well as numerous books, including Diabetes-Free Kids, The 7 Step Diabetes Fitness Plan, 50 Secrets of the Longest Living People with Diabetes, The Science of Staying Young, The Diabetes Breakthrough, Diabetes and Keeping Fit for Dummies., and The Athlete’s Guide to Diabetes.

A distinguished graduate of Stanford University (B.A.), University of California, Davis (M.A.), and University of California, Berkeley (Ph.D.), she consults for the American Diabetes Association and the Juvenile Diabetes Research Foundation, as well as working closely with the American College of Sports Medicine, American Association of Diabetes Educators, and Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics on diabetes-related topics and projects. With well over 50 years of personal experience as an exerciser living well with type 1 diabetes, she enjoys working out regularly on conditioning machines, swimming, biking, walking, weight training, and hiking with her husband in coastal California.

Level 3 Working with Clients with Diabetes or Prediabetes

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*Level 1 is the prerequisite for the Level 2 course.

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*Level 1 is a prerequisite for this course.

Diabetes Exercise Specialist Bundle

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This 3 Level Course Bundle contains the three courses that you need to complete to become a Diabetes Exercise Specialist (DES)!!