A Day in the Life of a CPT


Working as an ACE certified personal trainer has brought me into contact with people from all walks of life.  Every workday is different and every client is an individual with specific needs and concerns.  I’ve trained men, women, teenagers, post-rehabilitation adults and the elderly.   

I’ve worked in the fitness industry for ten years and I’ve noticed many trainers have the education and knowledge but lack the “personal” part of personal training.  A client’s experience is highly dependent on their relationship with their trainer.  While it is a business relationship, it’s definitely a personal relationship too.  To that end, I learn about my clients and their interests.  I ask about their careers, families and hobbies.  From session to session, I ask follow-up questions about things discussed in our previous meeting. The fact that I remember these things and ask about them lets my clients know that I am truly interested in who they are.   

A day in the life of a certified personal trainerWhen I first meet with a client, I ask many questions about what they want to get out of their sessions.  Does she want to learn about exercise physiology and biomechanics?  Does he prefer to chat about topics other than exercise to make working out more enjoyable?  Does she want to know how many repetitions are left or does she prefer to work until I tell her to stop?  We also set goals and determine a course of action together. 

In the beginning of my career, I worked in a gym facility catering to women.  Being onsite enabled me to see up to eight clients in a day.  I often had breaks between clients and used those periods to eat or work out.  Our sessions were 55 minutes long and I used the last five minutes for stretching unless the client requested otherwise. I completed any paperwork or notes immediately afterward so as not to forget anything.   

For the past seven years, I’ve worked with private clients in their homes or occasionally mine.  Because of travel time, I can’t see nearly as many clients as I previously did but the pay is better and it’s easier to develop rapport with new clients because we’re on their “turf.”  Clients also tend to be more forthright about difficult topics in private environments.  I also enjoy being able to set my own hours and work with clients who are a good fit. 

Although the intent of every session is to give the client a good workout, sometimes things take a more serious turn and they disclose things that factor into a dislike of exercise or issues affecting self-esteem.  I’ve learned that I need to prepare for just about anything.

I don’t schedule more than three to four sessions per day and I limit myself to specific geographical boundaries because I could easily spend an entire day driving if I didn’t.   

How much pre-session prep I do is dependent upon what equipment we’re using.  I have a standard bag of tricks that accompanies me to every session but I also have a wide selection of equipment I can bring.  I’ve stocked my home gym with transportable items such as a Step 360, BOSU ball and an adjustable kettlebell.  I do need to schedule my departure time, make sure there’s gas in my car and keep it in good working order since it serves as a mobile gym/office.

Working as an independent personal trainer gives me the freedom and flexibility to cater to client needs and preferences as well as my own.  Personal training is an incredibly rewarding career and the best part about it is that I’m always learning something new! 

I Spy... a Puzzle Post!


It's been a while since we've published a puzzle post (wow, say that three times fast!) so we thought we'd send you into the weekend with a little bit of fun! You know what to do: search the puzzle for the continuing education keywords listed below. Good luck! 

And by the way, we solve all the puzzles we post just to make sure all of the keywords are in there. 




MCE Fitness Challenge


A competition is heating up at Milestone HQ...

We love serving the continuing education needs of our practitioners, but that means spending a lot of time sitting down at a computer. Coinciding with our Facebook post from Monday, we're initiating an office-wide fitness challenge, complete with a worthy prize at the end! It all started with a fitness "bucket list" conversation.  

Kellene, an avid runner who's already conquered three half marathons (that's 13.1 miles in case you didn't know!), wants to enter her first full marathon in the fall or winter. Angie wants to work up to walking every evening (she asked me to mention that if the Indiana weather does not cooperate with her, she'll find a treadmill somewhere). For myself, I want to advance in my passion for rock climbing by becoming lead rope certified. What's that? You can learn more about lead roping here. (Yes, I just linked you to a Wikipedia article...). Other office fitness bucket list goals include: running a full mile without stopping, trying a new class at the gym every week (i.e.- yoga, boot camp, step, etc.), and speaking of classes, being able to get through an entire spin class - seriously, if you've never tried one, you should at least once. They're intense!   

While having a big outlying goal like a marathon is great motivation, it's not a requirement to participate in this with us. However big or small your motivating factors may seem, the most important thing is to develop the healthy habit of consistently exercising every week! Here's how we plan to accomplish that as a team. And by the way, if you want to participate along with us, be sure to use the hashtag #MCEfitnessChallenge so we can see how you're doing! 

The Challenge: 

Milestone Continuing EducationAt least four days a week, all participants must exercise for at least 20 minutes. The chosen activity must be one that elevates your heart rate, but the choice is completely up to you. If you miss a day of exercise during the week, you owe the collection jar $3, so the maximum amount you can owe the jar for a full week of missed opportunities is $12. And just like with many of your CEU courses, there is no carryover into the following week (so you can't work out every day one week, then only 1 day the following week. That does not count!). At the end of 12 weeks, the amount that's in the jar gets raffled off to someone in the office, and they will donate the amount to a charity of their choice. Sounds pretty simple, right? You may be thinking that twenty minutes isn't that bad... But just wait until you try to keep it up week after week. There's a reason we named it the MCE Fitness "Challenge!"  

We'll report in on our progress every week on our Facebook Page, so be sure to follow us there. Good luck! 


Chiropractic CE Requirements in Montana


License Renewal Requirements

Montana Chiropractor Continuing Education Courses OnlineMontana D.C.s are required to complete the renewal form and submit the fee to the board every two years on penalty of license termination. The deadline for submitting all of the required documents and payment is September 1st, annually. You can receive a new license by following the instructions listed here, as long as you are within 3 years of the date of termination. If you have been inactive in your practice for over three years, then you must reapply using these instructions. 

Continuing Education

In addition to submitting the payment and renewal form, chiropractors licensed in Montana must also include proof of completion of thirteen (13) hours of continuing education. Per board requirements,  only two (2) hours may come from course content that focuses on practice management or philosophy. One (1) hour of the total must be from course content focused on ethics or professional boundaries. Outside of the previously mentioned requirements, the remaining hours of the total must come from courses focused on the practice of chiropractics. The board notes that no credits can transfer over to the following renewal period. Random audits (on 10% of licensees) are conducted each renewal period and three (3) month extensions are allowed for practitioners who fail to meet requirements because of an audit. 

Approved Forms of CE

According to the board, D.C.s can obtain their credits from seminars, conferences, board meetings, and online sources like Milestone Continuing Education as long as the provider is approved through a state, regional, or national organization/association, or a state college or university (check the necessary continuing ed. credentials here). Milestone is a PACE recognized provider of online continuing ed. for chiropractors and currently offers over 400 hours of course content focused on the practice of chiropractic medicine. Explore titles like "Musculoskeletal MRI," "Movement System Impairment Syndromes," and "Whiplash" in the Course Catalog and get started today! 

If you have questions about our chiropractic continuing education program, please visit our FAQ Section, e-mail (info@MilestoneCE.com) or call and talk with a friendly representative at 1-800-709-8820 who will help you get on the road to license renewal the easy, convenient and affordable way. But don't wait, your deadline is only 46 days away!


Mississippi CE (and a Recipe for OTs)!


Mississippi occupational therapists are responsible for completing 20 hours (or 2 continuing education units "CEUs") within the biennial renewal period ending on April 30, 2016. As part of the total 20 hour requirement, the board instructs that at least 6 hours (or ".6" CEUs) must come from courses directly related to the practice of occupational therapy. Additionally, these 6 hours must come from live occupational therapy seminars, or "face to face" classroom learning experiences. OTs are allowed to take up to 7 hours of the total requirement online. For more details about the OT continuing education rules and regulations, visit the Mississippi Occupational Therapy Board (specifics about CE are on Page 10 of the linked document)

Turn to Milestone CE, an AOTA Approved Provider (#7487), for your online courses. Start with the Course Catalog and browse through hundreds of hours of online CE courses with detailed course overviews, professional objectives and more just a click away! Select the courses that apply to your area of practice and download them to your computer or tablet device so you can study when it fits your schedule. Completing your CE courses with Milestone is as simple as this: read the material; take the exam; print your certificate! Get started today! 

mississippi, mud brownies, and continuing education for occupational therapists

While researching potential themes that would be fitting for a state awesome enough to have two official nicknames (the 'Magnolia State' and the 'Hospitality State') I stumbled upon this decadent recipe that I just couldn't resist sharing with you! I mean, it has Mississippi in the title, that's a close enough connection, right? You be the judge!  



  • ¾ cup (90 g) all-purpose flour
  • 2 tablespoons unsweetened cocoa powder
  • ½ teaspoon salt
  • ½ cup (113 g) unsalted butter, at room temperature
  • ½ cup (110 g) white sugar
  • ¾ teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 2 large eggs, at room temperature
  • ¾ cup (130 g) semi-sweet chocolate chips
  • ½ cup (125 g) crunchy peanut butter
  • 1 teaspoon vegetable oil
  • 2 cups (100 g) miniature marshmallows
  • ½ cup (65 g) chopped and toasted pecans

For the Chocolate Frosting:

  • 1½ cup (180 g) powdered sugar
  • ½ teaspoon salt
  • 4 tablespoons (60g) unsalted butter
  • 2 tablespoons unsweetened cocoa powder
  • ¼ cup (60 ml) milk
  • ¼ teaspoon vanilla extract


  1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees. Line an 8-inch square baking pan with parchment paper, and lightly spray with nonstick spray. Set aside.
  2. In a small bowl, combine flour, cocoa powder and salt. Set aside.
  3. In a large mixing bowl, beat together butter, sugar and vanilla extract, until light and fluffy.
  4. Add eggs, one at a time, beating well after each addition.
  5. Stir dry ingredients into batter.
  6. Pour batter into prepared pan and spread evenly. Sprinkle with chocolate chips and bake for about 20-25 minutes.
  7. In a microwave safe bowl, combine peanut butter and oil. Heat for 20 seconds to soften. Pour this mixture all over the warm brownies and spread.
  8. Spread miniature marshmallows over the peanut butter, return to the oven and bake until the marshmallows puff up, about 3 minutes.
  9. Remove from oven, top with the toasted chopped pecans and set aside to cool.
  10. Frosting: In a medium bowl, combine powdered sugar and salt.
  11. In a small pan, melt 4 tablespoons of unsalted butter. Stir in cocoa powder, milk and heat until the mixture begins to boil. Remove from heat and immediately whisk with powdered sugar/salt mixture. Beat in vanilla extract.
  12. Spread frosting evenly over puffed marshmallows and pecans.
  13. Let cool completely (for 1-2 hours) before cutting and serving.

Recipe found on the Yummy Addiction Blog


Late Summer CE Deadline Overview


It's time again to share the upcoming deadlines for late summer. As in our previous CE Deadline Overview, this is something we will be doing semi-monthly to keep everyone informed of their upcoming deadlines. 

Milestone Continuing Education OverviewOf course, as board rules are apt to change, be sure to always check the board rules in your state of licensure for more information on your deadline and continuing education requirements. Additionally, this review, as with all future posts on this subject, will only cover the requirements for states where Milestone CEUs are approved. Now that the disclaimers are out of the way, let's get started! 

Chiropractors - On August 1st chiropractors licensed in Nebraska will need to submit their 36 hours of continuing education (keeping in mind that only 6 hours may come from online sources). September 1st is a popular date for continuing ed. deadlines for D.C.s licensed in Montana and North Dakota. Montana chiropractors need to turn in their certificates of completion for their 13 hour requirement and North Dakota chiropractors must complete 20 hours of CEU courses by that date. Then on September 30th, South Carolina chiropractors are up for renewal and must have completed 36 hours, however only 18 of those may come from an online source.     

Occupational Therapists & Assistants - Delaware OT practitioners have to submit their renewal materials, including proof of completion of 20 hours of CE courses - careful, there's a 10 hour limit for online courses! - by July 31st. Wyoming occupational therapist and assistants have to complete their 16 hour requirement by July 31st as well. OT practitioners in Nebraska have a deadline the following day (August 1st) to complete their renewal requirements, including a 20 hour CE requirement for OTs and a 15 hour CE requirement for OTAs. 

Don't forget that when you purchase 20 hours from Milestone (that's two 10 hour CEU courses, or one 20 hour bundle pack), you receive a FREE 4 hour ethics course! This isn't a sale, this is a perpetual offer when you choose Milestone. Contact a CE Specialist toll-free at 1-800-709-8220 for details. 

Physical Therapists & Assistants - Time is up on September 1st for Arizona physical therapists to submit proof of the completed 20 hour requirement. Arizona PTAs do not have a CE requirement. Illinois physical therapists have until September 30th to submit their renewal documentation, including proof of completion of their 40 hour continuing ed. requirement. PTs in Illinois are only allowed to complete half of that amount (20 hours) via online resources. PTAs in Illinois are up for renewal next year. 

At Milestone CE, our mission is to provide the best online CE experience for our practitioners. Part of achieving this is maintaining our standing with national professional regulatory organizations like the Better Business Bureau, the PACE program within the Federation of Chiropractic Licensing Boards, the American Occupational Therapy Association (Approved Provider 7487), the Board of Certification, Inc. (Approved Provider #P8382), the National Strength and Conditioning Association (Approved Provider L1272), the National Certification Board for Therapeutic Massage and Bodywork (Approved Provider 491), as well as individual state boards for physical therapy  (click here to find out your state’s approval status). 

If you have any questions about our courses or company that are not answered here or in our FAQ Section, please do not hesitate to contact us! You can call toll-free at 1-800-709-8820 or e-mail us at info@MilestoneCE.com. We look forward to hearing from you! 


Universal Promo Code Expires Tonight!


Fourth of July Continuing Education CEU Sale

Before the lights go out on these special savings, go to the Course Catalog tailored to your profession, select the continuing education courses you need to complete your CE requirements, and enter Promo Code: INDEPENDENCE in the box provided at checkout to save 20% on your total purchase. No minimum amount required. Sales ends at Midnight.


Three Days Left for Universal Promo Code!


Fourth of July Promotional Sale! Save 20% on CEUs!

Milestone's Fourth of July Sale is still going on! All modules and course bundles are part of this promotion. Fill up your cart and use the promo code: INDEPENDENCE in the box provided at checkout to save 20% on your purchase!

SALE ENDS JULY 4TH AT MIDNIGHT! No minimum purchase required!

MCE's Independence Day Sale Starts Today!


Independence Day Sale going on NOW!

The "Fourth of July" is just a date; what we're really celebrating is our independence! There are lots of ways to celebrate, a couple of favorites being barbecues and fireworks, but the way we celebrate Independence Day at Milestone is by offering freedom from full-priced continuing education for all of our practitioners (PTs, OTs, ATs, CSCSs, CPTs, Chiropractors and Massage Therapists)!  

Beginning today and ending July 4th at midnight, we're accepting a universal promo code for the entire course catalog, all course formats, and even our already discounted Bundle Packs. Use the promo code: INDEPENDENCE in the box provided at checkout and save instantly! Of course, if you have questions feel free to contact one of our CE Specialists at info@MilestoneCE.com or toll-free at 1-800-709-8820. Get started today at www.MilestoneCE.com


New! PT Continuing Ed. in Vermont


Vermont PT Continuing EducationThere's big news for physical therapists from the Green Mountain State! Keeping in theme with Tuesday's post announcing new CE requirements for Colorado PTs, the following is a review of the newly developed physical therapy continuing education requirements for Vermont PTs and PTAs. If you still have questions, feel free to contact one of our CE Specialists at 1-800-709-8820 or contact the state board. 

We encourage all of our Vermont PT practitioners to stay up to date with the latest changes to the board rules by visiting the Vermont Physical Therapy Board. Let's get started! 

According to the latest information, physical therapists will be required to complete 12 hours and physical therapy assistants will be required to complete 8 hours of continuing competence units (CCUs) for the October 1, 2012 through September 30, 2014 renewal period. Beginning on September 30, 2014 and moving forward, the requirement will double where PTs will need to complete 24 hours and PTAs will need to complete 16 hours of CCUs. (Check our references here).  

Milestone Continuing Education meets the board requirements under (C)(3) to offer online continuing ed. to physical therapists and assistants licensed in Vermont. Practitioners can peruse over 1,000 hours of online continuing competence units in our course catalog, with more courses added all throughout the year! Get started today by logging on to www.MilestoneCE.com or simply click the Home button in the top left corner of your screen. Happy studying!