CERTIFIED RUNNING TECHNIQUE SPECIALIST
Romanov Academy of Sport Science, Inc. is an international sports education establishment dedicated to the advancement of schooling in health and fitness and improvement of athletic performance. It is the first and only organization to teach a unified approach to movement and technique for all sports. The Academy promotes a scientific approach to technique instruction and athletic training that focuses on education to create a high level of competency among health and fitness professionals.
The mission of the Academy is to promote advancement in achievements of professional athletes, knowledge and skill of health and fitness professionals, as well as health of ordinary citizens by introducing and developing conceptual standards through research, innovation, and practical application.
ABOUT THE ACADEMY’S CERTIFICATION DEPARTMENT
The Academy’s Certification Department provides avenues for health and fitness professionals, as well as active lifestyle enthusiasts to demonstrate their skills and abilities as technique specialists, such as this Certified Running Technique Specialist examination. The department is responsible for creating and publishing standards, policies, and procedures for the development, integrity, and maintenance of Certification Exams. It is also responsible for developing valid, reliable, and fair exams that can assess one’s capabilities for understanding the program and applying it in practice. In addition, the department must ensure an exam’s relevance and validity by surveying stake-holders (i.e., certificants). It also sets the guidelines for Certified Specialists to engage in continuing professional development.
PURPOSE OF THE CERTIFICATION
The Certified Running Technique Specialist (CRTS or simply RTS) credential allows the experienced individual to demonstrate advanced coaching knowledge and commit to a long-term standard of professional accountability. The purpose of a certification program is to ensure that an individual possesses the standard knowledge and skill set required to instruct and teach clients effectively and safely.
The RTS certification is designed to assess experienced coaches, health and fitness professionals as well as entry-level applicants. This is achieved by requiring basic knowledge of fundamentals of physics and biomechanics and by including examination questions that cover popular topics in running. The Academy Certification Board has set these standards with the expectation of continued learning and the application of new knowledge through ongoing coaching hours. The continuing education and coaching requirements serve to assist in the advancement of professional accountability in the health and fitness community.
SCOPE OF PRACTICE
SCOPE OF PRACTICE
A Certified Running Technique Specialist:
To attain this credential individuals must meet all eligibility requirements, pass the CRTS examination, and commit to a standard of professional accountability.
Candidates must be 18 or older at the time of application. Please prepare 2 forms of ID.
STANDARDS OF PROFESSIONAL PRACTICE
Candidates must agree to abide by the Academy’s Standards of Professional Practice and apply these principles to their use of the Certified Running Technique Specialist credential at all times. A Certified Running Technique Specialist must:
VERIFICATION OF ELIGIBILITY
Upon applying, candidates must attest to their eligibility and review eligibility requirements. The Academy Certification Department may directly contact the candidate to confirm the information. All eligibility requirements are subject to random or systematic audit for verification purposes. Any attempt to falsify eligibility requirements is a direct violation of the Academy Standards of Professional Practice and will be cause for rejection of the registration for the exam and/or revocation of certification.
APPLICATION PROCESS OVERVIEW
The CRTS application process is made easy and simple to follow. Most of the time the process may take just hours to complete.
COMPLETED APPLICATION CONTENT
A completed application will require the following:
Candidates have one year from the date of approved registration to take and successfully complete the exam. After one year, the candidate must reapply and pay the standard fee again. If a candidate does not successfully pass the exam during this period, the candidate must reapply and pay the standard application fee again.
The CRTS examination is currently offered in English, German, Dutch, Mandarin, Simplified Chinese, Portuguese and French.
AMERICANS WITH DISABILITIES ACT
Reasonable accommodations for testing shall be provided at no cost to all candidates with special medical/learning needs who submit, with their examination registration, an Accommodation Request form along with appropriate medical documentation. All forms and requests should be submitted online. Romanov Academy will not reimburse costs associated with obtaining this documentation. Accommodation Request forms are available in the Forms section of this handbook. The Academy Certification Department may submit information regarding the stated disability and requested accommodation to its own expert advisers and reserves the right to provide only those reasonable accommodations required by law.
SPECIAL CIRCUMSTANCES + FEES
Incomplete exams will be rejected. The candidate will receive a notification along with instructions on how to complete the exam. Candidate will have one year from the date of initial registration to complete and submit the exam. Incomplete exam registration fees are nonrefundable.
The examination fee is refundable (minus US$50 processing fee) if the candidate notifies the Academy’s Certification Department that he or she no longer wants to take the exam. This notice must be submitted in writing . To cancel an exam that has been paid for a notification must be given within 30 days of registering for the exam.
A candidate who does not start the exam within six (6) months of registering for the exam will be considered a non-starter. A non-starter is treated like a failed exam. Non-starters will be allowed to proceed with the exam upon completing the payment of the US$50 reactivation fee. The reactivation request must be submitted online .
EXTREME CIRCUMSTANCES/NO FEE PENALTY
If a candidate is unable to proceed with the examination within the allotted time-frame of one year due to emergency or hardship such as serious illness of either the candidate or an immediate family member, death in the immediate family, disabling traffic accident, or military duty, he or she will be permitted to extend the time-frame to take the exam at no additional charge as long as the following requirement is met:
If such a request is not made, the candidate will forfeit the full examination fee and be considered a non-starter.
IMPARTIALITY, FAIRNESS, AND NON-DISCRIMINATION
Romanov Academy of Sport Science and its Certification Board endorse the principles of impartiality, fairness, and equal opportunity and commit to act impartially, fair, and equitably in relation to its applicants, candidates and Certified Running Technique Specialists, including but not limited to
The Certified Running Technique Specialist examination consists of a 106 questions. Questions 1 through 60 are a combination of True/False, Matching, and Multiple Choice. This portion of the exam should take about 60 minutes. Questions 61-65 cover Basic Pose Drills, Video Analysis, and a Running 101 Keyword Completion Essay. This portion of the exam should take about 30 minutes. It is very important to pace yourself accordingly to finish the exam on time. Some of the questions include tables, drawings, photographs, or video clips. Of the questions, 90 count toward the score. The remaining 16 are not scored but are included for a practice known as “pretesting.” Pretesting means that these items are being evaluated for potential inclusion on future examinations as scored questions. To ensure the CRTS exam is up to date, secure, and always improving, new questions must be continuously introduced and evaluated. Pretesting is an accepted testing practice that helps ensure high quality and consistent scoring. The scored and unscored questions are spread throughout the examination; candidates should answer all 106 questions to the best of their ability. Candidates have 1 hour and 30 minutes to complete the exam, which is administered online through a personal computer. The testing program does not allow candidates to move freely through the exam, change answers, mark questions for later attention, skip questions, and review questions. Taking the examination requires little or no computer experience.
An exam will last 1 hour 30 minutes. At the beginning of the exam, candidates have up to five minutes to agree to the Nondisclosure Agreement. If candidates do not agree to the Nondisclosure Agreement, they are not allowed to take the exam and also forfeit the exam fee. Please review the Nondisclosure Agreement (below) prior to taking the CRTS exam.
NONDISCLOSURE AGREEMENT FOR EXAMINATIONS
This examination is confidential and is protected by trade secrets law. It is made available to you, the examinee, solely for the purpose of becoming certified as a Running Technique Specialist. You understand, acknowledge, and agree:
Development of this credential was based on a practice analysis: a study of the roles and responsibilities of the sports and fitness coaching professions. The study, guided by industry leaders in certification standards and psychometric services, began with a survey of over 1,000 running coaches and health and fitness professionals. In the survey, they identified and ranked the knowledge, skills, and abilities necessary to be an effective instructor on running technique and training. From this, an examination content outline was developed, and questions were written according to this outline. Content experts were invited to be on the Item Writing Committee, which was responsible for developing the examination questions. These experts represented the fields of running coaching and training, general strength and conditioning, sport coaching, physical therapy, biomechanics and education; they received training to develop content that meets industry standards. The questions underwent extensive review by this committee and the Certification Board to ensure that they were technically accurate, unambiguous, and clearly stated. After initial testing, the examination results were subject to statistical analysis to ensure quality and fairness in testing. Working under the guidance of testing consultants and psychometricians, a group of content experts used the widely accepted Modified Angoff method to recommend the passing score for the initial examination forms. The Academy Certification Board used this recommendation and additional data to determine the passing score. Additionally, the exam was developed in accordance with standards for security, impartiality, and transparency.
There are multiple forms of the examination, each following the content outline noted in subsequent pages. While candidates have the possibility to receive different exam forms, each form remains statistically equivalent in the domains assessed, number of multimedia content included, and difficulty level.
The Romanov Academy Certification Board is the oversight group responsible for the certification review process. The Certification Board is in charge of approving the current content outline, as well as future content outline additions or revisions. The Board periodically reviews examination analysis data to examine if individual exam items are performing to standard and ensure the exam forms remain equivalent in testing performance. A new practice analysis is conducted every five years as a part of the review process. This study is compared to the previous practice analysis to determine what changes are needed to either the content outline or examination forms. The Board and Item Writing Committee engage in ongoing review of the exam content and develop new exam forms to reflect updates in the latest standards of running coaching and training.
Romanov Academy of Sport Science is dedicated to the advancement of education in health + fitness and improvement of athletic performance. It is the first and the only sports education establishment to teach a unified approach to movement and technique for all sports.
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