Athletics and Fitness Association of America (AFAA)

Athletics and Fitness Association of America (AFAA)

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About AFAA The Athletics (Aerobics) and Fitness Association of America (AFAA) is the world’s largest fitness and TeleFitness® educator. Since 1983, AFAA has issued over 300,000 certifications to fitness professionals from 73 countries worldwide. Each year, health clubs and studios host over 2,500 educational workshops nationwide. AFAA is accredited by the Accrediting Commission of the Distance Education and Training Council (DETC). The DETC is listed as a nationally recognized accrediting agency by the U.S. Department of Education; and is recognized by the Council for Higher Education Accreditation (CHEA). This meets IHRSA’s 2005 recommendation on accreditation for fitness certification organizations. AFAA is proud to be granted affiliate status with the National Board of Fitness Examiners (NBFE), additional accreditation by Vital Research and membership in the National Organization of Competency Assurance (NOCA).


As the world’s largest fitness educator, AFAA delivers comprehensive cognitive and practical education for fitness professionals, grounded in industry research, using both traditional and innovative modalities. AFAA upholds Basic Exercise Standards and Guidelines for safe fitness practice.

The goals of AFAA will be to:

serve the AFAA fitness professional by developing programs and certifications beneficial to and of interest for the fitness industry;
enhance professional development of fitness professionals by facilitating opportunities for learning and individual growth;
establish standards and guidelines for the delivery of quality and professional fitness services and business practices, as well as, the development of ethics statements for AFAA fitness professionals;
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.

Sign up for one of AFAA’s certifications right here at Click on our workshop locator for information and location schedules for the workshop nearest you:

Personal Trainer Certification
Primary Group Exercise Certification
KickBoxing Certification
Step Certification
Practical Pilates™
Indoor Cycling
Floor, Core & More for Personal Trainers
Practical Yoga Instructor Training
Practical Skills & Choreography
Longevity Training for Seniors
KickBoxing Skills & Choreography
Aqua Fitness
National Board Review Course for PFTs
Step Skills & Choreography
Mat Science I
Mat Science I I
Midlife Fitness for Women
Metabolic Connection to Obesity
Perinatal Fitness
Mechanics of Injury Prevention
Group Resistance Training
AFAA Challenge Exam
AFAA offers fitness professionals and students a variety of study materials and online study courses to choose from. Learn about the following study materials right here at


Personal Fitness Training: Theory & Practice
Fitness: Theory & Practice
Practice Test for Personal Trainer Certification
Practice Test for Primary Group Exercise Certification
KickBoxing: A Manual for Instructors
Fitness Gets Personal® Cards and Home Study
Step Training: A Manual for Instructors
Personal Trainer Assessment DVD
Nutrition Fundamentals Home Study
Youth Fitness Home Study
Senior Fitness Home Study
Stress Management Home Study
Aqua Fitness Home Study

With e-afaa, the foundation of AFAA’s virtual campus, you can choose home study continuing education courses, prepare for a certification or become certified in the Telefitness® Internet Software Certification. E-AFAA will enhance your learning experience in new and exciting ways as well as offer the ultimate in affordability and convenience. Plus, e-afaa provides corporate affiliate programs and even personal data management. By clicking on “e-afaa” you will be able to learn about the following programs we offer online.

Personal Trainer Online Preparatory Course
Telexercise Resistance Training Online Course
From Hi-Lo to Hip-Hop
Multiple Client Training
Yoga Essentials I
Yoga Essentials II
Online CEU Corner
Telefitness Internet Certification
Group Resistance Training
Music Essentials for Group Exercise
Resistance to the Core
Emergency Response
Stress Gets Personal


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