Aerobics & Fitness Association of America (AFAA)

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AFAA is the world's largest fitness and TeleFitness® educator. Since 1983, AFAA has issued over 300,000 certifications to fitness professionals from more than 73 countries around the world. Each year, health clubs, Universities, military installations and studios host over 2500 educational workshops worldwide. AFAA provides comprehensive written and practical examinations that help to ensure you possess the skills and knowledge necessary for a rewarding career! AFAA is accredited by the Distanc... more less
Websitewww.afaa.com
Address
15250 Ventura Blvd, Ste 200
Sherman Oaks, CA 91403
Phone Number800-446-2322

Certification/Training Types

NBFE-Accredited Cert.
DescriptionAFAA’s Primary Group Exercise Certification is designed to equip those seeking to become certified as group exercise instructors with the competencies needed to design safe and effective group exercise programming for the general healthy population. This gold standard, fully-accredited (both exam* and program**) and globally recognized certification course is appropriate for instructors who teach free-form and/or pre-choreographed programs. The following topics are covered in advance of the included one-day certification review and practicum workshop: Basic Anatomy, Kinesiology, Biomechanics and Exercise Physiology Nutrition and Weight Management Group Exercise Program Design Essentials of Teaching (Basic Exercise Standards & Guidelines, Motivation, Choreography, Cueing, etc.) Exercise- selection, technique, alignment and performance with or without equipment Injury Prevention, Emergency Response and Special Populations Other Modalities (Aqua Fitness, Indoor Cycling, Dance Fitness, Step, etc.) Business Skills and Legal Responsibilities (Substitute teaching, Law and Exercise) The certification review and practicum workshop is designed to allow participants to review and apply what they’ve learned prior to taking the written and practical examinations towards the conclusion of the workshop. (Both exams are included in the $299 workshop registration fee). Upon successful completion of the AFAA Primary Group Exercise certification course, participants will be able to: Apply the principles of anatomy, exercise physiology, nutrition and kinesiology to the design and delivery of group exercise classes. Formulate the appropriate response(s) for safety issues such as injury prevention, preexisting conditions, special populations, and emergency response protocol in a group exercise setting. Outline and appropriately apply the AFAA fitness training recommendations according to the Basic Exercise Standards and Guidelines in group program formats. State and appropriately apply the AFAA 5 Questions when evaluating exercise selection and technique. Integrate the areas of instructional technique, cueing, music usage, exercise sequencing and choreography within a free-form or pre-choreographed group exercise class setting. Incorporate professionalism in his/her practice by following the Code of Ethics and related legal guidelines. Depending on prior education or experience, AFAA recommends no less than 1-3 months of dedicated pre-study before attending the certification workshop. ELIGIBILITY REQUIREMENTS & PREREQUISITES: Possess Current CPR and AED Certification (proof must be received before certification will be issued) Be at least 18 Years of Age Early Registration Pre-Study Prior Group Exercise Experience Recommended (those with no prior experience are strongly advised to take the Group Exercise: The Practical Way® workshop or complete the Group Exercise Essentials: Knowledge, Skills and Abilities online course prior to registering for a certification workshop).
AccreditationNBFE
Course Material Price $0.00
Exam Price $0.00 Note: The written and Practical exams are included.
Exam Delivery Method Proctored In Person
Practical Exam RequiredYes
Prerequisite18 years old;1-3 months pre-study(depending on experience); Current CPR/AED
Renewal Period2 years
CECs/CEUs per renewal period0
Renewal Fee0
Term Used for Continuing EducationContinuing Education Unit (CEU)
One Hour of Continuing Education Equals0 CEU
CategoryGroup Fitness
NBFE-Accredited Cert.
Description
AccreditationNBFE
Course Material Price $30.00
Exam Price $239.00
Exam Delivery Method
Practical Exam Required
Prerequisite
Renewal PeriodNo renewal period
CECs/CEUs per renewal period0
Renewal Fee
CategoryBoxing/Kickboxing/Martial Arts
NBFE-Accredited Cert.
DETC-Accredited Cert.
DescriptionAFAA’s Personal Trainer Certification is designed to equip those seeking to become Personal Trainers with the competencies needed to design safe and effective exercise programming for the apparently healthy population. · Anatomy and kinesiology · Fitness assessment testing procedures (3-minute step-test, sit-and-reach, push-up, abdominal crunch, and body composition screening with skin-fold caliper measurement) · Program Design · Nutrition fundamentals and weight management · Special populations and medical considerations · Listening, leadership, and motivational skills · Wellness programming and screening guidelines This fully accredited (both exam* and program**) and globally-recognized certification program concludes with a three-day certification workshop. Facilitated by an experienced and degreed fitness professional (BA/BS; MA/MS or PhD), the workshop will review and provide practical instruction in the following areas prior to the proctored administration of the included written and practical exams (both exams are included in the $499 workshop registration fee). Upon successful completion of the AFAA Personal Trainer Certification course, participants will be able to: · Design and implement an exercise program for specific client situations and goals (e.g. obesity, hypertension, muscle gain, sedentary, other), based on currently accepted industry protocols · Assess and deliver appropriate response(s) for safety matters such as injury prevention, preexisting conditions, and emergency response · Comprehend and integrate exercise science subject matter (i.e. physiology, nutrition, kinesiology, and more) at rest and during exercise · Facilitate triage protocol within initial and ongoing assessments, health risk analysis, and liability concerns · Define and describe program modifications for special populations (e.g. older adult, hypertension, diabetes, asthma, obesity, basic orthopedics, youth, pregnancy, and more). · Communicate using verbal/non-verbal, open-ended vs. close-ended questioning, and cueing techniques to motivate individuals regarding exercise · Incorporate professionalism in his/her practice by following the Code of Ethics and related legal guidelines Depending on prior education or experience, AFAA recommends no less than 1-3 months of dedicated pre-study before attending the certification workshop.
AccreditationNBFE, DETC
Course Material Price $0.00
Exam Price $0.00 Note: The written and Practical exams are included.
Exam Delivery Method Proctored In Person
Practical Exam RequiredYes
Prerequisite18 years old;1-3 months pre-study(depending on experience); Current CPR/AED
Renewal Period2 years
CECs/CEUs per renewal period0
Renewal Fee75
Term Used for Continuing EducationContinuing Education Unit (CEU)
One Hour of Continuing Education Equals0 CEU
CategoryPersonal Trainer
NBFE-Accredited Cert.
Description
AccreditationNBFE
Course Material Price $30.00
Exam Price $239.00
Exam Delivery Method
Practical Exam Required
Prerequisite
Renewal PeriodNo renewal period
CECs/CEUs per renewal period0
Renewal Fee
CategoryGroup Fitness
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Reviews/Comments

9 reviews
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
Sans
K Sher
On Aug 02, 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??
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)!
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.
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.
Tina Sardo
On Jul 14, 2011
I was ok with the first couple of certifications group, kickboxing, and mat science I received from AFAA but the last one for the personal training I was quite disappointed in the instructor he had a very arrogant attitude and showed such favoritism to a couple of the "cute girls" I missed 9 out of 150 questions but during the practical I only told my "client" she did a good job once (because I was nervous) he failed me. So I would not recommend the Personal Training course to anyone.
Anonymous
On Jul 13, 2011
tis organization is terrific. the master trainers want you to succeed. many of us do not have a background in the sciences,yet we can succeed and pass the exams administered. the positive attitude of the insructors is great for the self esteem of those of us trying to get ceritified. the price is always right. ACE is always bragging about how many people are not successful the first time around on their exams. they think saying they are tough makes them special. not true. their exam is way too impractial. i like the practical segment of the AAFA test experience.
Melanie Bolen
On Jul 13, 2011
I enjoy that AFAA has you do a workshop to certify... hands on training is essential. I DO think that AFAA should offer more in regards to structuring group fitness classes (see the All Star Presenter Camp from Powder Blue) as either an option or a requirement... that could round it out and make it unbeatable! :-) Very happy with this certification, though :-)
Lisa Lorraine Taylor
On Jun 04, 2011
As an AFAA Fitness Practitioner, Primary Examiner and now a CEU Provider (Certifications started in 1995), I've been blessed to meet so many wonderful people throughout the years, both AFAA Specialist and those coming into the Fitness Industry. Never stop learning and adding to your knowledge and AFAA can definitely help you get there.

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