MAT® Specialist Program


Take Your Business To The Next Level

  • Differentiate yourself from other health industry professionals
  • Address a void in the conventional rehabilitation and exercise protocols .
  • Deliver the benefits of Muscle Activation Techniques® to your clients
  • Explore the complexity of the muscular system’s role in injuries and performance enhancement
  • ***Participation in the Jumpstart program is NOT a required prerequisite for the Specialist program***

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Upcoming In-House, Online Modules, and Full Online Certificate Specialist Programs

In-House Specialist Program – October 2018

Oct 26, 2018 - Jun 28, 2019

Online Certificate Specialist Program – Starts July 8th, 2019!

Jul 8, 2019 - Mar 29, 2020

Online Lower Body Module

July` 8 - September` 22

Online Upper Body Module

July` 8 - September` 21

Online Trunk and Spine Body Module

October` 7 - December` 14

Online Cervical, Hand and Foot Module

Jan 6, 2020 - Mar 28, 2020

What is the Specialist Program like?

“In the Specialist Program we learn specific muscle tests and treatments. This 8 month course teaches you an unique approach that accounts for all of the muscles in the body. This total body process is designed to improve the communication between the nervous system and the muscular system.” – Greg Roskopf, Founder and Developer of MAT®

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Learn in the MAT® Specialist Program

  • Background on the development of MAT® and its decades long history of helping people
  • The Roskopf Principle and its focus on muscle contractile efficiency relative to limitations in Range of Motion.
  • How to be proficient in assessing, identifying, and treating muscle dysfunction by focusing on the cause of the pain.

Opportunity as an MAT® Specialist

  • Become an MAT® certified practitioner after completing the rigorous course and certification process
  • Increase the level of beneficial services you bring to your clients allowing you to charge accordingly for your services,
  • See clients experience rapid improvements and their increased loyalty to your business.


The In-House MAT® Specialist Certification Exam is comprised of a written and practical portion.
  • The practical exam is done on site during the 8th Weekend of the program. Students will be required to perform one random muscle test for all sections of the body (Lower Body, Upper Body, Trunk & Spine, Cervical and Accessory Muscles). There will also be a section where each student will perform a "session" on a classmate. They will answer questions on thought process during this time.
  • The written exam is a take home exam, emailed on the final weekend, with 10 essay questions. Students have one week to complete the written exam. The written exam will be sent back to MAT® Headquarters to be graded.
  • If the student is unable to take the certification exam on the 8th weekend, the protocol is as follows:
    • The MAT® Specialist Certification exam must be taken within a year of completing the Specialist Program. It is comprised of a written and practical portion. The written is long-essay format with 30 questions. Each student is given 16 hours (2 standard work days) to complete the written portion. The practical is a one-hour exam with a qualified instructor. The MAT® Certified Specialist exam is $250 at the MAT® Headquarters (this fee includes both the written and practical portions). There are other location options to take the practical exam, you can find them by clicking here. Students who pass the Certification test are then listed on the MAT® website and acknowledged as a Certified Specialist.
  The Online MAT® Specialist Module Certification Exam details are:
  • For each of the MAT® Online Modules, the Unit 12 Quiz is considered the final written test and the practical exam for certification takes place at the required 2-day lab held at the MAT® World Headquarters in Denver, CO.

The course has been developed in a condensed format, so each weekend builds on the previous class weekend. MAT® recognizes that this is not always logistically possible, and recommends that students contact our Education Coordinator, at 303 745 4270 ext. 4 or email us at: for specific information on course Scheduling/make-up options.
The MAT® Specialist program is developed as a continuous education experience and therefore students must commit to participating all 8 weekends of the course. If you are interested in dividing up the program, you may find our Online Modules might work better for you! Learn more here!
We will do our best to try to accommodate you if you have to miss a course. Please contact us at 303 745 4270 ext. 4  or email: for information on course scheduling/make-up options.
Please reach out to our MAT® Support team for more information at
  • Cancellation/Refund Policy: Please refer to our course catalog for more information on our refund policy.

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Course Details

This 10 month program has eight 3-day intensive weekends. The MAT® Internship is comprised of four units; Lower Body, Upper Body, Trunk & Spine, and Cervical Spine and accessory muscles and integration. This course provides students with the education they need to become MAT® Certified Specialists.


  • To educate all segments of the health industry on the benefits of Muscle Activation Techniques®
  • To offer new opportunities for advancement of careers within the health industry
  • To train specialists across the country in order to make Muscle Activation Techniques®‚ available to anyone that experiences pain or injury
  • To expand the MAT® program both nationally and internationally
  • To provide trainers and physical therapists with a way to immediately increase their income potential while separating themselves from their respective fields

Interested MAT® candidates should, but are not required to, have:

  • Have a degree in health or exercise related fields
  • Have a thorough understanding of anatomy
  • Have a passion for their work and the well-being of others

Typical Schedule

Instruction and practical application over 8, 3 day weekends

Friday: 8:00 – 5:00
Saturday: 8:00 – 4:00
Sunday: 8:00 – 1:30

Course Outline

Week 1 & 2 – Lower Body
Week 3 & 4 – Upper Body
Week 5 & 6 – Trunk & Spine
Week 7 & 8 – Cervical Spine & Accessory Muscles & Integration

All classes will be directed specifically towards each interns educational background

MAT® Commitment

  • 176 hours of education on MAT® Technique, which includes lecture and practical work
  • Covers all components of Muscle Activation Techniques®, including muscle function, origin and insertion points, and palpation methods.
  • In depth analysis of gait, function, muscular integration and orthotic therapy
  • Education on the thought processes of all related therapy techniques
  • An understanding that will enable each person to evaluate compensation patterns that lead to tight muscles as well as pain and injury

Testing Requirements

  • Midterm will be a 4 hour combined written and practical exam
  • Final exam will be a combined written and practical exam administrated on the 8th weekend in Denver at the MAT® World Headquarters. The written exam is a take home exam with 10 essay questions.

*Acceptance and successful progression through the Muscle Activation Techniques® coursework does not automatically ensure certification or licensure eligibility. Licensure requirements are determined within cities, counties, municipalities, and states and students need to research local requirements to ensure compliance.*