9 Reviews

4.4 out of 5 Stars

  • by Sans inam on Nov 05, 2014

    Hello everyone I am totally new to this process. I am so confused about the whole certification process. I teach bollywood fitness and would like to have some kind of certification to back that up. Here are my questions:
    1. Which is better - AFAA or ACE?
    2. Do i have to keep taking classes after passing the exam to keep the certification valid?
    3. I teach privately - so i wont be needing to teach at any gym - Which is the most ideal certification in that case?
    4. How big a deal is it that AFAA is not NCAA acredited!?
    thanks in advance

  • by K Sher on Aug 03, 2013

    If I receive a letter with an ID card that has an AFAA member number, does this mean that I passed the Group Fitness Examination??

  • by Emily Martinez on Sep 10, 2011

    The first certification I ever received was the AFAA Primary Instructor certification. What I love about AFAA is the fact that they include a PRACTICAL component to their certification exams. So not only do you need to KNOW the information, but you need to be able to APPLY it in the group fitness/personal training/etc. environment. I wish that other organizations would/could add that to their certification requirements.
    The only issue that I have with AFAA is that they are not an NCCA-accredited organization. I am an instructor in the Exercise Science department at a university, and we require our graduates to receive an NCCA-accredited fitness certification. Unfortunately, I cannot recommend AFAA certifications to our students because they are not NCCA accredited!
    Also, for this same reason, earning CECs is a little more difficult with AFAA--because they are not NCCA accredited and they only accept AFAA-approved (i.e., created) courses and workshops for their CECs. I can attend a workshop that provides AFAA CECs, or I can attend a workshop that provides ACE CECs, but I will typically not get CECs for both AFAA and ACE in the same workshop (which means I have to take double the workshops/pay double the money for those workshops)!

  • by Maritza Acevedo on Aug 04, 2011

    I have been certified by AFAA for 11 years. It was my second certification. I always like the professionalism and background of their workshop instructors. Never had a problem with my certification and they were always willing to help me if I encounter one with the paperwork involved.

  • by Deborah Layton on Jul 16, 2011

    I completed the Group Exercise certification as well as some other 1-day or online courses. The trainings do provide good science-based information and are a good starting point for new teachers. They are a good value for the training received. However, as I have become a more highly-trained and experienced instructor I have felt that their trainings no longer meet my needs. Would I recommend them as a first certification for new instructors? Absolutely! Would I say that you can meet all your on-going continuing education needs with them--probably not.

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