Here is a copy of an email sent to AFAA this week:
I have been proudly certified with AFAA for many years and also previously with ACE.
I am writing this letter after reading AFAA’s company profile and mission statement.
Two AFAA “Goals” particularly stood out to me:
*Collaborate with public and private industries on the development of programs and services to increase the awareness of fitness education and its benefits to individuals and communities;
*Network with other industry organizations to advance the knowledge of fitness education and professional practices by initiating and disseminating research findings.
As AFAA has collaborated with DETC, CHEA, NBFE and ICE, I asked myself why AFAA has yet to become affiliated and a verified partner with IDEA’s FitnessConnect.
Noticeably 100 other agencies have been verified and partnered with IDEA’s FitnessConnect like:
ACE, NASM, ACSM, NETA and NFPT just to name a few.
As you know, with over 250,000 of the nation’s top certified trainers and instructors, IDEA FitnessConnect links us to millions of consumers online for free. (The largest free online directory).
I see that AFAA has a home page with IDEA FitnessConnect however, I am confused as to why “agency unavailable” displays next to my AFAA certification on my IDEA FitnessConnect home page for over two years.
Can we finally get AFAA as a “Verification Partner” with IDEA FitnessConnect as well as “DETC Accredited Certification” and “NBFE Accredited Certifications” icons displayed on our IDEA home page next to our AFFA certification?
I would suggest you contact AFAA about your concerns regarding your question.
I Hope This Helps!
Following is an excerpt from a letter posted on the president of AFAA’s blog that addresses the accreditation issue. The full text can be found by clicking here: http://pdfs.afaa.com/afaa_letter_07-12-11.pdf
We hope this clarifies things a bit!
” …certification organizations for fitness professionals have two principal choices for the accreditation of their certification activities: the NCCA or an organization recognized by the United States Department of Education (USDE) and/or the Council for Higher Education Accreditation (CHEA) such as the Distance Education and Training Council (DETC). While the DETC is recognized by both the USDE and CHEA to engage in its accreditation activities, the NCCA itself is not recognized by either of these organizations and has no third-party accreditation. As a consequence, some fitness professional certification organizations, such as AFAA, have preferred and chosen the DETC path to accreditation which is recognized by both the United States Department of Education and CHEA…”
Derek @ AFAA