The Postural Restoration Institute recently established a credentialing process for athletic trainers and strength and conditioning coaches as a way to recognize and identify individuals with advanced training, extraordinary interest and devotion to the science of postural adaptations, asymmetrical patterns and the influence of polyarticular chains of muscles on the human body as defined by the Postural Restoration Institute. Postural Restoration Trained (PRT) is a credential available to Athletic Trainers (with Certification through the BOC), Athletic Therapists (with Certification through the CATA), Strength and Conditioning Coaches (with CSCS Certification through the NSCA or SCCC Certification through the CSCCa), and Exercise Physiologists (Certified Exercise Physiologists, Certified Clinical Exercise Physiologists, and Registered Clinical Exercise Physiologists with Certification through the ACSM) who have attended PRI courses, demonstrated a thorough understanding of the science through completion of the PRT Application and successfully participated in both clinical and analytical testing.
PRT Application Deadline – October 15, 2017 (for testing on January 8-9, 2018)
PRT Summer Testing is now offered every 3 years (beginning in June 2017). The next summer testing will take place in 2020.
Please send two copies of your completed PRT application by mail (email is accepted for international applications only) to the address below. Applications for our January 2018 testing date must arrive on or before October 15, 2017. We are unable to accept late applications.
Postural Restoration Institute
Jennifer Platt, Director of Education and Credentialing
5255 R Street
Lincoln, NE 68504
Once received, your application will be reviewed by our Application Review Committee and you will be notified of their feedback and comments within 4-6 weeks. If you choose to complete the process after consideration of all reviewer’s feedback, a two-day practical and analytical testing process will take place at the Postural Restoration Institute in Lincoln, NE.
"After Myokin in the Spring of 2013, I took all the home study courses and eventually began attending live seminars. In retrospect, this was good for me, because if I had taken the live seminars first, I would have been completely lost. While I studied functional anatomy as much as I could, I never saw it mentioned anywhere that the human body was inherently asymmetrical. PRI presented me with the way the body truly operates. I was exposed to a whole new paradigm, a paradigm that the mainstream fitness and rehabilitation world were largely unaware of. In a sense, I had to unlearn everything I had previously learned, and realize that my previous understanding of the body only applied after restoring tri-planar movement through a pelvis, ribcage, and neck.
After about three years of seminars, study, and using PRI in my personal training business, I sent in my application for PRT credentialing and it was accepted. My excitement grew throughout the late fall and early winter. I was finally going to see the home of the PRI movement that had changed my physical, emotional, and intellectual life.
My expectations were surpassed. There was a lively “meet and greet” on the Sunday night that everyone arrived, where I was able to meet the other members of the PRT class. The PRI facility is beautiful and very comfortable for learning. It's design alone stimulates intellectual thought. And, happily for me, they provided breakfast and unlimited coffee every morning. The people who spent the most time with us, Ron, Jen, Matt, Hannah, and Neil Rampe, head trainer of the LA Dodgers, were all as nice as can be.
The thing that inspired me the most, however, was how much time they spent getting to know us as individuals. They wanted to know our stories; how we ended up in Lincoln, Nebraska on a frigid January weekend. They wanted to know what motivated us. What drives us to keep learning about PRI. And lets face it, being a PRI minded person can be a lonely experience, simply because so few people understand it at this point in time. Going through the PRT credentialing process let me know that not only are other people really excited about PRI, but it gave me the sense that I am part of a larger and growing community, even though I work alone in New Jersey.
It’s comforting to know that there are people out there that understand what makes me tick: people that think how I think; who get excited about esoteric subjects; who understand my intellectual interests. They exist. They are welcoming. They are the Postural Restoration Institute. And I’m proud to be a part of them."
Neil Hallinan, CSCS, PRT
"Stop whatever you are reading or studying and enroll in a PRI course now! In twenty-five years of research and studying PRI completely revolutionized the way I think about the organization of the body and how to work with it. The principles taught in these courses apply to everyone regardless of age or fitness level and greatly improve overall health, movement and performance.
The approach is simple – breathing and alignment – but the concepts are specific and scientific. The coursework will challenge your beliefs as well as your intellect but don’t be dissuaded. The live courses are amazing and the attendees all experts in their fields. I was also thankful for the home study options so I could rewind and repeat as often as necessary. The exams provided feedback about my level of understanding and gave me the confidence to apply for the Postural Restoration Trained program.
PRI/PRT is, by far, the most extensive education program I’ve ever undertaken and provided the most applicable information for everyone in my practice. It’s a level beyond and it is the accomplishment and designation that I am most proud of in my career."
Beth Kais, CSCS, PRT
"The Postural Restoration Institute provides cutting-edge knowledge and skills that directly align with my philosophy as a collegiate strength and conditioning coach. The PRI staff invests a great deal of time and energy into the curriculum and personal development of each individual professional pursuing the PRT credentialing program."
- Betsy Feutz, MS, ATC, CSCS, PRT
"Obtaining the PRT was more than just taking another test to add letters behind my name. It was an opportunity to challenge myself to move to the next level in an area I am passionate about. The 2 days at spent at PRT testing weren't the end of over 2 years of studying, but the beginning of moving forward with an organization that is quietly changing the way we treat the human body. I highly encourage anyone who has met the PRT requirements to take the next step to obtain the PRT credentials."
- Tim Dempsey, CSCS, PRT
"The PRT credentialing process was a wonderfully fulfilling experience. The challenge of putting together the application combined with the nurturing environment of the testing phase in Lincoln was such an impactful learning opportunity. All of the Institute’s staff members involved with the process in addition to my fellow applicants were fantastic in both professional quality and character. I am certainly proud to have earned the PRT designation in the eyes of the Postural Restoration Institute."
- Ryan DiPanfilo, ATC, CSCS, PRT
"PRT credentialing process was a great learning experience for me from application to credentialing exam. Those two days were very special moments for me in terms of integrating PRI together and being a part of PRI family! "
- Takashi Onuki, ATC, CSCS, PRT
"It was one of the most meaningful two days that I have ever had! Thank you guys so much for providing us this opportunity."
- Akihito Tajima, ATC, PEC, PRT
"Everything was great! Really good stimulated critical thinking and application of the information. The two days flowed really well and built off of everything before it. The application process was a great learning experience in itself."
- Andrew Hauser, ATC, CSCS, PRT
"While the application process was quite rigorous, it sets a high standard and I feel confident with my colleagues' passion, intellect and knowledge regarding PRI. The credentialing process was a complete joy and an additional learning process!"
- Lilla Marhefka, PhD, HFS, CES, CSCS, PRT
The designation of Postural Restoration Trained (PRT) was established in order to:
While no application fee is required, a one-time fee of $2000 will be due prior to the two day credentialing process. This is the only monetary requirement and credentialing will not require renewal. This fee directly offsets costs associated with testing, assessing competency and completing the credentialing process. The fee will also assist us in developing the process, advancing individual knowledge of Postural Restoration Institute™ concepts and in growing a network of professional support. Those who earn the designation of PRT will receive Postural Restoration Institute™ course updates, ongoing discussion and dialogue, 50% discounted tuition to PRI courses (excludes Interdisciplinary Integration and PRI Vision Courses), advertising and promotional opportunities, and other benefits to be determined by the Postural Restoration Institute™.
Yes. Your complete application must be mailed and received (email is available for international applicants) by PRI on or before October 15th for testing the following January. A summer testing date will be offered once every 3 years, beginning in June 2017. In a year when a summer testing date is offered, applications for the summer testing date are due on or before March 15th.
You are eligible to apply if you are an athletic trainer with current certification by the Board of Certification (BOC). Verification of current certification status is needed (electronic or written). For more information about certification through the BOC, click here.
You are eligible to apply if you are an athletic therapist with current certification by the Canadian Athletic Therapists Association (CATA). Verification of certification status is needed (electronic or written). For more information about certification through the CATA, click here.
You are eligible to apply if you have earned the CSCS credential through the National Strength & Conditioning Association (NSCA). Verification of current credential status is needed (electronic or written). For more information about the CSCS credential, click here.
You are eligible to apply if you have earned the SCCC Certification through the Collegiate Strength & Conditioning Coaches Association (CSCCa). Verification of current certification status is needed (electronic or written). For more information about the SCCC credential, click here.
You are eligible to apply if you have earned the Certified Exercise Physiologist, Certified Clinical Exercise Physiologist, or Registered Clinical Exercise Physiologist Certification through the American College of Sports Medicine (ACSM). For more information about these certifications through the ACSM, click here.
In addition to holding eligible certification through the BOC, CATA, CSCS credentials through the NSCA, SCCC certification through the CSCCa, or Exercise Physiologist Certification through the ACSM, you must also have completed the following PRI sponsored courses: Myokinematic Restoration, Postural Respiration, Pelvis Restoration, and Impingement & Instability. Please note that Impingement & Instability is offered immediately prior to PRT testing for the annual January testing date, and you can apply for PRT indicating your intention to complete this course immediately prior to testing.
PRI strongly recommends experience and implementation of Postural Restoration concepts for 2-3 years before applying for PRT.
No. While we encourage and anticipate a high level of involvement from PRT individuals, status will not be affected by future Postural Restoration Institute™ support and involvement. Rather, in good faith we ask that you keep abreast of all Postural Restoration Institute™ activity and development. If other requirements are deemed appropriate in the future they will be determined with the involvement and support of the Postural Restoration Institute Faculty and Director of Credentialing.
If you choose to complete the PRT application by the October 15th application deadline and are encouraged to proceed through the process, you will be contacted between November 15th and December 1st. Testing will take place for two days following our Impingement & Instability course each January at the Postural Restoration Institute™ in Lincoln, Nebraska. Beginning in 2017, a summer testing date will be offered once every 3 years, in addition to the annual January testing date. Testing is an educational and learning process that will include both clinical and analytical written examination.
Based on previous applications, we suggest the following journals:
PRI established a certification process in 2004 as a way to recognize and identify those individuals with advanced training, extraordinary interest and devotion to the science of postural adaptations, asymmetrical patterns and the influence of polyarticular chains of muscles on the human body as defined by the Postural Restoration Institute. Certification is available to physical therapists, physical therapist assistants, and occupational therapists who have attended PRI courses, demonstrated a thorough understanding of the science through completion of the PRC application, and successfully participate in both clinical and analytical testing. To date 174 therapists have earned the designation of Postural Restoration Certified (PRC) under the direction of Ron Hruska and James Anderson.
In addition, a credentialing process for athletic trainers and strength and conditioning coaches was established in 2011 as a way to recognize and identify individuals with advanced training, extraordinary interest and devotion to the science of postural adaptations, asymmetrical patterns and the influence of polyarticular chains of muscles on the human body as defined by the PRI. Postural Restoration Trained (PRT) is a credential available to athletic trainers and strength and conditioning coaches who have attended PRI courses, demonstrated a thorough understanding of the science through completion of the PRT application, and successfully participated in both clinical and analytical testing. To date 41 individuals have earned the designation of PRT under the direction of Ron Hruska and Jason Masek.
A Postural Restoration Center is a place of business where at least one individual is Postural Restoration credentialed and all other individuals on staff have completely two or more PRI-sponsored courses. Click here to learn more about how to become a Postural Restoration Center™. If you would like your business to become a Postural Restoration Center, click here to fill out an application. If your business is already a Postural Restoration Center and you need to renew your application, click here.