Tiered Exercise Program


The Tiered Exercise Program (TEP) has been revised and revitalized. The course still offers a simple screening tool to aid leaders in assigning participants to one of three exercise tiers consisting of 10-exercises. However, several components have been refreshed and participants will now find:

  • A broader selection of exercises
  • A progressive flow of exercises from tier to tier
  • A greater focus on upper extremity and trunk challenges
  • A balanced, whole body, functionally challenging program
  • A focus on progression to support increased individual independence and well-being

The mode of delivery for the TEP course has also undergone significant upgrades to improve the learning experience. The CCAA has partnered with Western University’s Design Education Team to redesign and digitize the course. The new hybrid mode of delivery includes a suite of interactive, multimedia, and self-paced learning modules. All learners will complete a portion of the training asynchronously (i.e., self-paced and offline). The other portion will either be attended live and online, or live and in-person.

About the workshop

The exercises presented in the TEP course are designed for older adults who experience frailty due to diminished physical capacity. Regular participation in the simple progressive exercise program helps to promote independence and improve functional mobility, general health and mental well-being of frail older adults. The program consists of three tiers of strength, balance and cardiorespiratory exercises targeted to three levels of ability. Each tier is comprised of 10 simple, progressive exercises designed to improve the strength, balance, and mobility of participants. Through this training, students learn how to assign participants to tiers and progress them through the program individually or in a group setting. Course fee: $125.00 + tax.

Who Should Take TEP?

  • Front-line staff, caregivers and family members who engage with frail older adults
  • Senior Fitness Instructors certified through the CCAA can submit the TEP workshop for 4 CECs for renewals beginning in 2024

What to Expect

This is a self-directed course offered through Western's online learning management system. You will engage online with your class and instructor during a live Zoom session.

Look for new fall 2024 training dates coming soon!