AFPA Personal Trainer &
prepares you for greater on the job responsibilities. Since
certification is a voluntary professional commitment to an industry
or field of knowledge, it is a clear indicator of your willingness
to invest in your own professional development.
AFPA Personal Trainer &
Fitness Certifications can provide greater earning potential.
Certified personal trainers and fitness professionals earn more
than non-certified personal trainers.
AFPA Personal Trainer &
Fitness Certifications programs seek to grow, promote, and
develop certified professionals, who can stand "out in
front" as examples of excellence in the industry an field.
AFPA offers continued education opportunities through CEC courses
and educational conferences. The AFPA website offers countless
research articles and links as well as a free monthly online
What Certification Programs
does AFPA offer?
AFPA has designed 17 certification
programs to meet your professional needs for your specialty
These certification programs are for those who have a genuine
interest in fitness and nutrition, who want to begin a career
in the health, fitness or nutrition fields, or who want to expand
on their current knowledge base.
Which certification is best
You should choose the certification
program that is appropriate for your needs, professional goals,
knowledge base and experience. Please read the certification
description to assist you in your decision.
Are there any prerequisites?
There are no required pre-requisites,
with the exception of Post Rehabilitative Exercise Specialist
(please see certification description). AFPA suggests that it
would be to your benefit to have some education and/or experience
in human anatomy. A suggested reading resource would be "The
Anatomy Coloring Book" by Kapit and Elson.
Our specialized certification for Post Rehabilitative Exercise
Specialist requires that you hold a minimum of a 400 hours of
documented one-on-one personal training experience and a Personal
Trainer Certificate through a nationally accredited agency,
or similar thereof. AFPA reserves the right to deny acceptance
into this program if these minimum requirements are not meet.
How do I prepare for the certification
Upon receipt of your registration
fee or deposit, you will be sent your course materials to review
and study. Although your final exam is to be taken home and
completed within a 60-day time frame, you should begin your
study process so you can be better prepared and have any questions
you may have concerning information you have read, addressed
and answered at the certification workshop.
Where and when are the certification
Certification Workshops are held
throughout the year at fitness facilities, universities, conference
centers, and hospitals and in conjunction with AFPA regional
Health & Fitness Conferences. Please refer to the calendar
of upcoming events or call 609-978-7583 for updated locations.
If you would like to become a host site please call 609-978-7583.
How is the examination for certification
Exams are distributed upon completion
of the certification workshop. Exam questions require a written
response ranging form 2 to 3 sentences to a full page for case
studies depending upon which exam you are taking.
You will also be required to participate, demonstrate and/or
assist in various exercises and/or movement sessions.
What do I need to obtain a passing
grade on my exam? What happens if I do not receive a passing
You must receive a passing grade
of 90% or better to receive your certification. If you do not
meet this minimum requirement you will be mailed your exam with
the questions you missed indicated in red. You will be given
the opportunity to correct your answers within a 30 day time
period, with no additional fee. You will not be issued your
certificate until you have fully met this requirement.
How do I become a certified
fitness professional if I am unable to attend a scheduled event?
For your convenience AFPA provides
Home Study Certification Programs and Continuing Education Courses
that you can complete in the comfort of your own home should
time and travel cost prevent you from attending an event in
person. These programs are specifically designed to ensure proper
preparation for successful completion of the certification process.
All courses may be ordered by phone,
fax, mail or through our secure Internet ordering system. Our
Internet address is www.afpafitness.com. All Home Study Correspondence
programs contain all your study materials and exam necessary
to complete your program. You do not have to attend an off site
location to take your exam.
You are given 90 days to complete your program. Should you need
longer we ask that you please call the corporate office for
How do I register?
You may register for an upcoming
event by phone, fax, mail or by the Internet. You may phone
609-978-7583 to register for a certification program or home
study program with a major credit card - Visa, MasterCard, Discover
& American Express.
You may also fax the enclosed registration/order
form with your credit card payment to 609-978-7582.
You may mail your completed registration/order form with check
or money order to the following address:
AFPA P.O. Box 214, Ship Bottom, NJ 08008
What do I need to bring with
me to the certification workshop?
You should wear comfortable clothing
that you can move in (exercise cloths required for some workshops:
Fitness Instructor, Aquatic Instructor, Cycle Instructor, and
Yoga Instructor), writing paper, pen or pencil healthy snacks
and an open mind.
Do I need to have a current
CPR card before I take a workshop or Home Study Program?
Current CPR is not required prior
certification. If you do not have current CPR your employer,
or future employer, may require this before employment.
What is a CEC and do I have
to obtain CEC's to keep my certification current?
CEC stands for "Continuing
Education Credit". Yes, all certified individuals must
maintain current certification by submitting Continuing Education
Credits. Your initial certification is valid for two years.
You should obtain 16 [8 of which must be with AFPA] continuing
education credits during this two-year period. Two months prior
to your certification expiration date you should send in documentation
of your credits, a copy of your certification certificate and
a $45.00 for one year or $85.00 for two-year renewal fee.
This will validate your certification for an additional year,
and you will be sent an updated certificate and membership card.
Each year after you will need to maintain the 8 continuing education
credits to renew for one year or 16 credits to renew for two
years. For more information on recertification requirements
please refer to:
AFPA offers hundreds of cec courses
[books & video's] in addition to our annual fitness conferences.