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AFAA's Personal Training Certification

Becoming a certified personal trainer can be an excellent career choice, especially for those individuals who enjoy the fitness industry and helping others live a healthier lifestyle or achieving maximum fitness goals. With a personal training certification, you can receive the training both in theory and practicum to ensure that you have the right tools and resources available to succeed in this popular growth area.

Receiving Your Personal Training Certification with the Help of the AFAA

With AFAA (Aerobics and Fitness Association of America), you can receive your personal training certification more conveniently than ever. AFAA offers a comprehensive 3 day workshop (or a complete online version) that educates you on the various aspects of becoming a proficient personal trainer.

Participating in AFAA's Personal Trainer Certification, either the onsite or the online version, you will receive both lectures and a wide assortment of practical demonstrations giving you the knowledge and insight to be a competent personal training.


The curriculum includes:

  • Anatomy and kinesiology
  • Fitness assessment testing procedures (3-minute Step test, sit-and-reach, push-up, abdominal      crunch, body composition screening with skin-fold caliper measurement)
  • Nutrition fundamentals and weight management
  • Special populations and medical considerations
  • Listening, leadership and motivational skills
  • Exercise programming in the weight room
  • Wellness programming and screening guidelines
  • Who Can Benefit from AFAA's Personal Training Certification?

    One of the great ways to further your career for those that enjoy fitness education is to receive an AFAA personal training certification. Whether you are new to the industry or already have experience in fitness training an AFAA personal training certification can definitely help in opening doors career wise.

    The AFAA personal training certification offers comprehensive information regarding a wide variety of topics that many personal trainers should be highly knowledgeable about including; information on anatomy and kinesiology, fitness assessment testing procedures, special populations and medical considerations, nutrition and weight management, exercise programming in the weight room and wellness programming among many other topics.

  • For the aspiring and experienced fitness professional working one-on-one with exercise     clients.
  • Early registration and pre-study is required.
  • Participants must be at least 18 years of age.
  • Weightroom/weight training experience is strongly recommended.
  • CPR/AED certification is required before Personal Trainer certification is issued. Online or       home study CPR/AED courses are not accepted.
  • What Does AFAA's Personal Trainer Certification Cost?

    The Personal Trainer workshop fee is $499* (less a 10% discount for current AFAA members). This fee includes:

    ONSITE
  • 3-Day Certification Review and Practicum Workshop
  • Personal Trainer Certification Study Guide (shipping not included)
  • Written and Practical Certification Exams
  • One-year AFAA membership ($68 value) or membership extension to current members and a print or digital subscription to American Fitness® magazine (does not include postage to addresses outside the U.S.)
  • AFAA Certified Personal Trainer certificate and I.D. card (upon successful completion of both written and practical examinations) CPR/AED certification required before certificate is issued.

  • ONLINE
  • 14 video lectures streaming online
  • Personal Trainer Certification study guide
  • Sample multiple-choice questions
  • Video lecture review clips
  • Personal access to AFAA instructors through Multitraining Live®
  • Independently monitored and authenticated written and practical examinations
  • One-year AFAA membership ($68 value) or membership extension to current members and a subscription to American Fitness® magazine (print or digital version), does not include postage to addresses outside the U.S.
  • AFAA Certified Personal Trainer certification and I.D. card (upon passing both the written and practical examinations and providing proof of current CPR certification).

  • AFAA certified professionals who wish to register only for CEU credit pay a workshop fee of $255, and receive 15 CEUs.

    †Fee does not include the recommended Personal Fitness Training: Theory and Practice textbook ($69 plus shipping), or the Practice Test for Personal Trainer Certification ($20).

    AFAA is the Leader in Fitness Education & Personal Training Certification

    AFAA is the world's largest fitness and TeleFitness® educator. Since 1983, AFAA has issued over 350,000 certifications in 73 countries. Accredited by Vital Research for its certification exams, AFAA is additionally accredited by the Distance Education and Training Council (DETC) for all courses offered in AFAA's Distance Education Center (DEC).

    The DETC is listed as a nationally recognized accrediting agency by the U.S. Department of Education, and is a recognized member of the Council for Higher Education Accreditation (CHEA). This meets IHRSA's 2005 recommendation on accreditation for fitness certification organizations. AFAA is proud to be granted full status with the National Board of Fitness Examiners (NBFE), and to have membership in the Institute for Credentialing Excellence (ICE), formerly known as NOCA.

    Start or Enhance Your Career Today

    AFAA can offer those new to the fitness industry the education and insights necessary to jumpstart one's career as a personal trainer. Whether you choose to receive your personal training certification to assist those in a gym environment, at a private home environment or even over the internet, AFAA's personal training certification can give you the boost and credentials needed to land an attractive opportunity. For those already with experience, AFAA's personal training certification can perhaps be the most resourceful way to further one's career as well.

    AFAA's certifications and workshops are recognized throughout the world in many languages. To inquire about hosting or attending a workshop outside of the United States, please contact our international programming department. Call toll free from the U.K. (0-800-89-50-56); Canada and Mexico (1-800-225-2322); all other intercontinental callers, please dial (1-818-905-0040), or fax us at (1-818-990-5468).

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