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Register for Personal Trainer Certification
AFAA is the one-stop source for educational services for fitness professionals. AFAA offers accredited, industry-recognized certifications including personal trainer certification, continuing education, workshops, written and practical examinations, online courses and much more.

What is AFAA's Personal Trainer Certification?
A three-day certification workshop including lectures, practical demonstrations and written and practical exams. Although this course will help prepare you for both AFAA's Personal Trainer Certification and the Personal Trainer National Boards, successful completion of the course does not guarantee you will pass either examination. 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 is AFAA's Personal Trainer Certification for?
    For the aspiring and experienced fitness professional working one-on-one with exercise clients and seeking a personal training certification (also referred to as a personal fitness trainer certification. If you would like more information about how to become a personal trainer, click here.
  • Early registration and pre-study is required.
  • Weightroom/weight training experience is strongly recommended.
  • What does AFAA's Personal Trainer Certification Cost?
    The Personal Trainer workshop fee is $469* (less a 10% discount for current AFAA members). This fee includes:
  • 3-day Certification Workshop
  • Personal Trainer Certification Study Guide
  • One-year AFAA membership ($68 value) or membership extension to current members and a 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 certification required before certificate is issued.
  • Additional Information
    For AFAA certified professionals who wish to register for CEU credit only, not for certification, the workshop fee is $255. Receive 15 CEUs.

    * Fee does not include the recommended Personal Trainer textbook: Personal Training: Theory and Practice ($59 plus shipping).

    If you are seeking a career in personal training, this certification is a must. Not only will it help you in your applications for personal trainer jobs, but clients seeking a personal trainer will often ask for evidence of a Personal Trainer Certification.

    As the world's largest fitness and TeleFitness® educator, Aerobics and Fitness Association of America (AFAA) has issued more than 250,000 fitness certifications to fitness professionals from 73 countries around the world since 1983. Each year more than 2,500 workshops are hosted by health clubs and studios across the nation.

    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).
    Register for Personal Trainer Certification

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