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DTS Exercise Coach Certification [LEVEL 1]

Master the art of movement assessments & program design with the industry's leading training system.



Course Introduction

The DTS Exercise Coach Level 1 Certification is a 28-day intensive context-based learning experience. It is focused on learning by doing and our promise is at the end of the training, you will have the competence and confidence to apply what you have learned effectively.

The DTS Exercise Coach Certification (formerly known as the DTS L1 Certification) has been designed, tested, and proven to equip you with the fundamental skills required to:

  • Assess the primal pattern movements that are used on a daily basis.
  • Assess the fundamental patterns that are the foundation of all exercises in the gym.
  • Design personalized warm-up, self-care and exercise programming based on the opportunities, needs, and demands of daily living for the client.
  • Use the exercise and the training environment to improve the client’s capacity and make daily deposits in their health bank account.
  • Coach movement effectively using our proprietary 7 Step System.
  • Ask the right questions and provide a framework for determining and understanding what the intrinsic motivators are for you and your clients.

This has been the go-to course for personal trainers over the last 10 years and continues to be the gold standard for those value experiential learning. This course has been designed using adult learning principles and the way the material is taught has been given the same emphasis as the content. What that means for you is an extraordinary, practical learning experience. Our guarantee is that at the end of the course, you will reach a level of competence and confidence that will set you up for success in the personal training industry.


To help you master the art of movement assessments and program design so that your business will become transformational and life-changing.

Learning Intensive.

This is a 28-day intensive which means it's just enough time for maximum knowledge transfer without the feeling of dragging on. This keeps the course completion rate high to ensure you get your certificate and maximum return on investment.

Direct Coaching.

Every student is assigned to a DTS Instructor that provides them direct feedback on an ongoing basis. We're here to hold you accountable and coach you along the way.

Virtual Delivery.

Most online courses lack engagement, that's why the DTSL1 Exercise Coach is delivered virtually. It's a hybrid of self-study online learning and group coaching calls with Q&A.

Community Experience.

This creates the opportunity to network with like-minded trainers and coaches. We utilize small group breakout sessions to maximize community engagement opportunities.

Scientifically proven system.

The DTS 7-Step System ® is has been proven time and time again with one of the high returns on investments in the industry. This system is considered a life-changer for both personal trainers and clients.

100% Guaranteed.

Upon completing the course, if you find yourself not satisfied with the material, content or learning system, we’ve got you covered. We will send you a full refund, no questions asked. 




The 4-Week DTSL1 Exercise Coach Certification has been designed, tested, and proven to equip you with the fundamental skills required to assess, design programs, coach, and communicate in a competent and confident manner. This is the go-to course for personal trainers who want to learn how to apply what they have learned practically. 

Learning by doing is our specialty. This course has been designed using adult learning principles and the material taught has been given the same emphasis as the content. What that means for you is an extraordinary, practical learning experience. Our guarantee is that at the end of the course, the level of competence and confidence you have will set you up for success in the personal training industry.


Upper Body

  • Upper Body Assessments
  • Upper Body Mobility Techniques
  • Upper Body Stability Techniques
  • Upper Body Client Clinics
  • LIVE Virtual 2 Hour Coaching Session
  • LIVE Virtual 1 Hour Q&A Session
  • LIVE Virtual Weekly Office Hours for all Learners


Lower Body

  • Lower Body Assessments
  • Lower Body Mobility Techniques
  • Lower Body Stability Techniques
  • Lower Body Client Clinics
  • LIVE Virtual 2 Hour Coaching Session
  • LIVE Virtual 1 Hour Q&A Session
  • LIVE Virtual Weekly Office Hours for all Learners

WEEK 3 & 4:

Program Design

  • Program Design Theory & Practical
  • How to Design a Program using our FLPS System
  • How to Design a Transitional Hypertrophy Program
  • Low Back Pain Considerations
  • Metabolic Conditioning
  • LIVE Virtual 2 Hour Coaching Session
  • LIVE Virtual 1 Hour Q&A Session
  • LIVE Virtual Program Design Q & A
  • LIVE Virtual Weekly Office Hours for all Learners

Learn the skills that will set you up for success

Advanced skills are simply the basics mastered.

The DTS L1 Certification has been running for over 10 years and there have been over 1,000 graduates. The courses are SOLD OUT on a regular basis and more than 95% of the attendees are referrals from previous course attendees. Our course evaluation rating for “Did this course meet your expectations” is 5 stars out of 5 stars. 

We have one goal: for you to be successful. A common comment we get is, “I use something that I learned in the DTS L1 Certification EVERY DAY.” Two components we use to filter our material is based on the practicality of the content and whether or not you will use the fundamentals on a regular basis. 

Our course focused on what is useful and emphasizes what is needed to be a proficient coach. We distill key concepts in a way that helps everyone understand the basics. The greatest teachers and mentors know how to better others and that is the standard we hold ourselves to for every learner that attends our courses.


Course Instructors & Contributors

Over the years, DTS Fitness Education has grown into a collective of passionate, award-winning instructors and support staff dedicated to helping students further their fitness education. With over 15 different course offerings and thousands of highly satisfied graduates, we are reshaping fitness education in Canada and across the world.

DTS Fitness Education was founded on a simple concept - deliver quality and highly practical education to personal trainers, strength coaches, and other industry professionals. At the core of everything we do is a belief that knowledge is only powerful when applied. In times of overabundance of information in an industry filled with “gurus”, DTS Fitness Education stands apart. We use a collaborative approach towards information and have asked many experts to come together and share their professional findings and opinions.

Kevin Darby

Kevin Darby is the founder of DTS Fitness Education and co-owner of Stretch to Win Canada. Kevin has been involved in structured physical conditioning programs for over 25 years. He was a multi-sport athlete and represented Canada internationally as a member of the Canadian Military Pentathlon Team. Kevin has worked with general population clients, amateur, Olympic and professional athletes in major sports leagues across North America. He holds a B.Ed. degree, was a member of an award winning research team lead by Dr. Stuart McGill and was the CanfitPro World Fitness Expo Canadian Fitness Presenter for three years straight. 

Ben Circle

Ben McDonald

Ben Mcdonald has been in the fitness industry for 12 years. He has an extensive and varied sporting background from board diving to various forms of Mixed Martial Arts. Ben’s career highlights include training a wide array of people from beginners up to premiership footballers, national champions in boxing, and elite level athletes. Ben has taught for the largest health and fitness training provider in Europe and has been published in multiple many UK based magazines. Ben has developed multiple qualifications, presented internationally, and is considered UK’s leading expert in PowerClub training. Awarded the 2013 recognition award for International Presenting and Work in the Health and Fitness Industry, it is evident that Ben’s passion and energy transfer directly to his students and his love for the industry is contagious.

Casey Zavaleta

Casey Zavaleta is a trainer, nutritional therapy practitioner and podcast host based in Toronto, ON. Indicative of her interest in movement and how it relates to the brain, she studied modern dance and neuroscience at Indiana University. Casey began her career in Toronto FC's Department of High Performance where she developed cognitive programs to optimize the performance of youth and professional athletes. As a trainer, she integrates her understanding of behavioral science with proven principles of training and nutrition to help clients learn how to make sustainable changes in their lives. She is the host and producer of the "How Do You Feel" Podcast, which encourages listeners to dial in and make decisions about their health and fitness based on how they want to feel in their lives.

Andrew Meyer

Andrew Meyer has been active in the fitness industry for over 14 years. He put himself through University, BSc. Human Nutrition, working as a personal trainer. Andrew's experience as a varsity track athlete fed his desire to compete and branched his transition into other competitive sports such as Powerlifting and Bodybuilding. He is a training fanatic and enjoys tracking and manipulating different training variables. Andrew started a rewarding online fitness business in 2014 that focused on digital products and online coaching where he worked with an array of different clients, specializing in physique transformations.


We proudly commit to not just teach but to coach real-world trainers how to effectively implement everything that they learn. Now you tell us...was it worth it? If yes, you earn another notch on the continuing education belt. If no, and you completed the course in its entirety, we will give you a full refund.  

That’s our promise. Work with DTS for 30 days and if you’re not happy with what you learn after you complete the course, we’ll give you every penny back.  

*Please note that no refunds are offered on digital download products

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What Can You Expect?

STEP 1: Registration  

What You Get: DTS Student Pack

Upon registration, a physical package will be mailed out to you that includes everything that you'll need to get started. You will receive a DTS Level 1 Manual, Green Mobility Band, Lacrosse Ball, Lacrosse Ball Sleeve, and DTS Fitness Education shirt (items may vary from images).

*Packages are normally sent out within 3-5 days of registration. *

STEP 2: 28-Day Intensive

What You Get: Lifetime Access

This is a 28-day intensive that is packed with lessons, concepts and tools that DTS Fitness Education is consistently updating and improving upon. The good news? You get lifetime access to the course including all of the updated lessons and documents.

STEP 3: Graduation

What You Get: Exercise Coach Certificate

Upon completion of this course, you will have submitted several knowledge transfer submissions and a final case study, all of which receive direct feedback from your DTS Instructor. That is what holds the DTS Level 1 Exercise Coach Certification above every other online certification. Adding DTS Exercise Coach to your resume sets you apart from every other personal trainer or coach in the industry.

Don't Miss Out!

The next Exercise Coach Certification [LEVEL 1] group opens up on September 28th, 2020.

A proven system for your business, the competency to utilize it, and the ability to be one of the best in the fitness industry. Join the presale list today!


On Monday, September 28th registrations for the DTS Level 1 Exercise Coach Certification will open to a small group of health and fitness professionals. 

Registrations for this certification are capped at 100 learners and are filled on a first-come basis. This means that this virtual course has the potential to sell out fast. Registration officially opens September 28th and closes October 1st (unless the maximum number of learners is reached at an earlier date).  

When you join the free presale list today, at no obligation, we’ll send you more info about the program and give you the chance to enroll on Sunday, September 27th–a full 24 hours before we open to the general public.  

*Class begins on Friday, October 2nd, 2020*

Tuition Cost
$997 one time payment OR take advantage of our payment plan with a deposit of
$297 + 5 monthly payments of $150. (tuition costs are subject to applicable taxes)