Frequently Asked Questions

Frequently asked questions are listed below. If there is anything you do not see here, please do not hesitate to contact us directly.

Is there a specific order the core courses should be taken in?

The core courses of Upper Extremity, Lower Extremity, and Spine do not have to be taken in any specific order. Some of our providers choose the course they feel would benefit their clinic the most, or the course that is the quickest to get to and start learning. The Spine course has the least number of protocols to learn, followed by Lower Extremity, and Upper Extremity with the most. Regardless of what order the courses are taken, a good working knowledge of anatomy is key.

How early should I sign up for a course?

We recommend signing up at least 4-6 weeks before a course starts. This allows plenty of time to receive the course materials and study before the course.

How many Continuing Education Credits/Units are available for each course and what boards approve ART® courses?

We offer 24 CEs for the Upper Extremity Course, 24 CEs for the Lower Extremity Course, 21 CEs for the Spine Course, 12 CEs for the Recertification Course, 8 CEs for the Long Tract Nerve Entrapment Course, and 4.5 CEs for the Masters ART® Course. These courses are approved for CEUs through the New York Chiropractic College for DCs. Not all states are approved for all courses. If you have specific questions about your state and the course location, please contact NYCC at 800-434-3955 x132 or x113. We are also an approved provider through the NCBTMB for Massage Therapists.

What does "recert" mean and how many hours do I need to attend a course?

The term "recert" pertains to anyone who is taking a particular course again. Recerts must attend at least 16 hours of the course to maintain their status as an ART® Certified Provider. The 16 hours is the equivalent to 2 FULL DAYS of the course. Please keep in mind when attending a Spine course, that Thursday is only a half day.

How close together can I take the courses?

The courses can be taken as closely together as a provider feels they can handle. Please keep in mind that the ART® courses are intense and plenty of study and preparation time should be taken.

What is your recertification process?

ART® requires our providers to take course once every 12 months to maintain their status as an ART® Certified Provider. We ask this of our providers so that we know they are staying current on their practice with ART® and at the top of their game. When we refer a patient to a Certified ART® Provider we can feel comfortable knowing that they have received the proper training. One course must be taken every 12 months. This course will maintain your certification in all previous courses. Example: If you took an Upper Extremity Course in 2006 and a Lower Extremity Course in 2007 - your Upper Extremity certification will be recertified.

Providers that are Full Body Certified are required to recertify every 12 months. You can take a Long Tract Nerve Entrapment Course, Biomechanics Course, or Master's ART® Course to recertify.

What does Full Body Certified mean?

Once you have taken the Upper Extremity, Lower Extremity, and Spine courses, and passed the practical exams for all three, you are considered Full Body Certified.

How do I list as an Online Provider?

The Online Provider Listing is a voluntary listing and there is a registration fee. Please contact the ART® Seminar Department to set up your Online Provider listing. Our website receives over 20,000 hits a month and this is a great way to advertise that you do ART® for patients as well as other ART® Providers.

Can I use the ART® logo or the terms "ART" or Active Release Techniques?

Only providers that have taken an approved ART® course, become certified, and maintain their certification may use the names ART® and Active Release Techniques®. Certified ART® Providers may use the ART® logo in approved settings with prior approval from Active Release Techniques, LLC. Please contact for ART® Logo inquiries or call 888-396-2727.

Can the ART® manuals and DVDs be purchased separately from a course?

Manuals and DVDs are included with your course. The ART® manuals and DVDs cannot be purchased separately from a course, unless you wish to purchase an upgrade to your study materials.

Who can take Active Release Techniques®courses?

Healthcare providers that are licensed to work on soft-tissue conditions and injuries, or those pursuing their first degree as a healthcare professional that can become licensed to treat soft-tissue conditions and injuries can take the courses. This includes Chiropractors, Physical Therapists, Massage Therapists, Certified Athletic Trainers, and Medical Doctors. Courses are not open to Personal Trainers, Chiropractic Assistants, and other certifications that are not licensed to treat soft-tissue or cannot obtain malpractice insurance to treat soft-tissue.

Who is eligible for the student discount?

Students who are pursuing their FIRST degree in a healthcare field that can become licensed to treat soft-tissue conditions and injuries can receive the student discount. This discount will be extended to courses that occur within 6 months of their graduation date.

How important is my knowledge of anatomy when taking an ART® course?

We encourage all of our providers to have an excellent working knowledge of anatomy when they decide to take an ART® course. Providers must be able to locate and palpate the muscles, nerves, and other structures related to the ART® Protocols. Our updated manuals and DVDs include one Visible Body 3D Human Anatomy Atlas and one Visible Body 3D Muscle Premium App. (one license issued per ART® provider).

What are the prerequisites for the Long Tract Nerve Entrapment Course?

Providers must already be certified in both the Upper and Lower Extremity courses before they can take a Long Tract Nerve Entrapment Course.

Do I have to stay at the hotel where the seminar is being held?

No. We secure discounted rates at the hotels where our events are held but providers are not required to stay there. However, many providers find it easier to develop study groups within this environment and we keep a room share list if anyone is interested in sharing.

How do I become certified in Biomechanics?

Full Body Certified ART® Providers are eligible to take the Biomechanics Online Course. At registration, participants are given 6 months of access to the online course materials. To become certified, participants must work at an approved Ironman race and test with Dr. Leahy or one of our approved Biomechanics testers. This course is considered a recertification on the testing date, not the registration date.

What if I can't take a course that I signed up for? Can I transfer to another course?

If you would like to transfer your course fees to a different course of the same module, you are able to do so without penalty 30 days before the course start date. If you would like to transfer to a different course less than 30 days before the course start date, a $100 transfer fee will apply. If you would like to keep your study material and take the course at a later date, you have 12 months from the purchase date to do so. If you have not take the course 12 months after the purchase date, please repurchase the course or return the manuals.

What is the cancellation policy?

All Cancellations and Returns must be made within 90 days of the date of purchase to receive a refund. Cancellations must be made at least 30 days prior to the course start date to receive a full refund. Cancellations made less than 30 days prior to the course start date will be refunded, minus a $100 cancellation fee. All participants who cancel a course and receive a refund must also return the study materials for that course. Because the study materials are personalized, all returns on study material will incur a $295 return fee. All returns must be cleared through the ART® office and ART® must receive the materials and inspect them before issuing a refund. A "Returned Materials Declaration" must also be signed and returned verifying that the study materials have not been reproduced or distributed. Refunds will be applied to the original credit card or by the original form of payment only.

What can you expect at an ART® course?

The ART® courses generally run Thursday, Friday, and Saturday. These days will be educational days comprised of 80 percent hands-on work and 20 percent lecture. Instructors will present each protocol and then break into small groups to practice and answer questions. Testing will take place on Sunday mornings and once a provider passes the practical exam, they are considered a Certified ART® Provider.