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The Aerobics and Fitness Association of America (AFAA) is a fitness education company that was established in 1983, and operates out of Sherman Oaks, California. AFAA offers education workshops and certifications internationally but mainly operates in the United States. AFAA's certifications are accredited by Vital Research and AFAA is a member of the National Organization of Competency Assurance (NOCA). AFAA also applied for an additional accreditation through an organization recognized by the Council for Higher Education Accreditation (CHEA) and the U.S. Department of Education, meeting IHRSA's recommendation on accreditation for fitness certification organizations.

AFAA has expanded the company in Japan, and more recently China. AFAA China held their first workshops at Nirvana Gym in Beijing, China with 50 participants. AFAA Japan was first introduced in 1988. There are now 180 AFAA educational faculty members in Japan.


  • The American Fitness Institute - Provides personal trainer, kickboxing and group fitness instructor certification through online and weekend workshop courses. Site includes tips for new instructors and a private membership area.
  • American Fitness Professionals and Associates - Fitness and nutrition certifications, provider of continuing education and resources.
  • Canadian Fitness Education Services - Weight training, personal trainer, group exercise, Aquafit instructor courses/resources for registration and certification.
  • CanFitPro - Provides certification and continuing education for group fitness instructors, personal fitness trainers and allied health professionals. Also offers some courses for nonprofessionals.
  • Certified Fitness Trainer - Alex Bannister is a certified fitness trainer located in Bellingham, Washington. The former NFL Pro Bowler has turned his attention towards getting you in shape. Check out his personal fitness boot camps!
  • DSWFitness - Desert Southwest Fitness Inc. offers home study continuing education (CECs) for professionals.
  • Fitness Industry Education - Offering nationally accredited courses for personal trainers, aerobics and step instructors. Includes certification criteria, enrolment details, course outlines, and FAQ. United Kingdom.
  • Train Fitness- Offers fitness courses for gym instructors, personal trainers and aerobics instructors which lead to a nationally recognized qualification in the UK.
  • FiTOUR - Provides fitness certifications and CEC workshop credits for fitness professionals by completing online courses and exams.
  • Gffi Fitness Academy - Provides courses in yoga, pilates, and general fitness. Includes nutritional resources, home study outlines, and contact details in India, USA and UK.
  • International Sports Sciences Association - Provides fitness, personal training certifications, and online continuing education.
  • International Youth Conditioning Association - Provides education and certification for fitness professionals specializing in youth sport and fitness training.
  • Joint Effort - Training and certification for would be instructors in the United Kingdom fitness industry.
  • MMISS - The Australian based Mark McGaw Institute of Sports Science program offers Gym Instructor and Personal Trainer courses.
  • National Association for Fitness Certification - Training and continuing education for personal and group trainers, consultants.
  • The National Board of Fitness Examiners (NBFE) - The NBFE promotes the services of qualified fitness professionals as a viable means of improving public health. The non-profit organization develops standards for fitness trainers and administers examinations to ensure public safety and to improve the fitness industry.
  • The National Personal Training Institute - Provider of personal training education and certification at 23 schools in the United States.
  • NFAPT - Provides certification of aerobics, Pilates, kickboxing and personal training instructors. Site includes information about each certification.
  • NSCA Certification Commission - Providers of entry level and advanced fitness trainer education and certification programs.
  • Personal Trainer Certification - Comparison of major personal trainer certification programs including reviews and user comments. Also includes a 30 question practice certification exam.
  • Professional Fitness Instructor Training - Certification preparation and continuing education for personal trainers, group instructors, public educators.
  • School of Exercise Training & Science - Personal trainer education recognized by the State of Arizona.
  • SCW Fitness - Provider of continuing fitness education and certification. Site includes fitness articles, an online store and resources for members.
  • Speedo Sponsored WaterART Aquatic Fitness - Provides aquatic fitness leaders with training based on current research. Canada.
  • Total Training Systems - Provide personal training certification home study courses and exams.


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