Making a positive difference in the health, wellness, and fitness of people around you is a goal you can accomplish. AFTA’s continuing research in the personal trainer, fitness-related, and nutrition fields gives you up-to-date certification courses.

The more training and education you have, the better and more credible you’ll be as a trainer or instructor. Continuing education courses and additional certifications can help you achieve that goal.

In addition to single certification courses, AFTA also offers combination courses and partner programs for discounted purchases. Partner programs are explained further on each course’s webpage.

AFTA certified personal trainers can have their fitness articles published on our website so that your name and article will circulate on the web.

About AFTA

I would like to start by saying that I am very pleased how AFTA has grown in the past years. Due to my experience in power meets, personal training, kickboxing/martial arts, owning a gym, and exercising for overall health– I decided that the fitness field was definitely my career for life. With many family members having asthma, cancer, hypertension, diabetes, and other health related issues– I understand first hand why living a healthy lifestyle is so important. It is also important to have guidance when beginning your plan for healthy living. This is why having a personal trainer or class instructor is beneficial. The problem is that the industry only has one trainer to every 10,000 people who desperately need the guidance. This is why I decided to work with others to compile education courses that will help educate enrollees of the fitness field to tackle the ever growing problem of poor health.

In 2008, AFTA selected the 2009 – 2011 advisory board. Each advisory board member is experienced and highly educated to serve in curriculum and exam recommendations and/or decisions.

Already there are many certifying companies, organizations, and schools in the industry. So why is there a need for AFTA you ask? Simply put, we are the bridge between credibility and convenience. To keep trainers/instructors knowledgeable in many training aspects, we have several certification courses as well as home study continuing education courses. We continuously research current credible studies to keep up-to-date training information. Even after a person is certified with one of our online courses, the trainers can continue reviewing the online material for updates. Each course offers the option of an at-home exam or a proctored exam in the enrollee’s residential area.

AFTA’s home study courses are shipped free. Enrollment in both the online courses and home study courses is one year from date of purchase. This means you have 12 months to submit the final exam. If you do not obtain the minimum exam score of 85, you have two more attempts during the 12 month enrollment period at no additional cost. We also do not require a yearly membership fee.

Even though we do not require a college degree, over 85% of our trainers since January 2005 have a degree. Who are some of the trainers/instructors? Many are club owners, independent trainers, M.D.s, Ph.D’s, university strength coaches, physical therapists, bodybuilders, firemen, paramedics, phys ed teachers, nurses, law enforcement, military fitness trainers, and nutritional counselors, while others are fitness enthusiasts or newcomers to the training industry — wanting to help and give something positive to others.

AFTA does not require current CPR/First aid/AED to enroll or to obtain certification, but we strongly recommend you obtain at least CPR/first aid before beginning work as a personal trainer.

When you choose AFTA, you are joining an organization that keeps expanding, improving, and demanding higher standards. In the fitness field you need a recognized name and title. With AFTA, that is exactly what you receive!

Join a team of fitness enthusiasts and professionals today. Choose AFTA!

Chad Barnhart, AFTA Fitness Director

AFTA Certification

With each AFTA certification, you will receive:

a certificate titled “Certified (in whatever course of study you completed)”

a wallet-size ID card

proof of course content to show clients or employers

ongoing email support at

a free listing in our directory with any contact information that you desire

AFTA offers online courses and/or home study courses! Scroll down the page for our list of courses.

AFTA was the 1st to offer Partner Programs!!

You may see that other companies are now offering a partner program for courses they offer. We will be glad to tell you that AFTA was the first company to offer this fantastic option! With the online partner program, 1,2,3,4, or even 5 individuals may enroll at the same time to receive a discount. Each enrollee must complete and submit his/her own exam.

First Aid, CPR, and AED:

Any trainer/instructor should have first aid training and/or CPR training PRIOR to working with any clients. The onsite training should be completed through the American Red Cross, a medical facility, fire department, etc. We do NOT recommend an online or home study course for first aid or CPR training. Most fitness centers/gyms will require at least a current CPR card and some will also require AED training before they will allow a trainer to work on the floor with clients.

Online Courses for certification:

  • Personal Trainer
  • Youth/Adolescent Fitness Trainer


  • Home Study Courses for certification:
  • Personal Trainer II
  • Female Fitness Instructor
  • Group Exercise (aerobics +)
  • Fitness Assessment
  • Sports Nutritionist
  • Senior Fitness Instructor
  • Athlete Recovery
  • Sports & Exercise Physiology
  • Combination Programs for Certification

Contact AFTA


If you have any questions regarding course information, orders, or if you need any type of customer support other than link exchange information – email us at support at OR if you use a gmail address, email us at

If you would like to make any suggestions on any of our courses – email afta2 at OR

For employers needing certification verification for prospective employees, directly contact our Curriculum/Certification Supervisor at or our director at FitnessDirector at

For link exchange requests, please click Links and follow the instructions. Do not send any other correspondence to the link exchange e-mail address. Only link exchange requests will be answered at aftalinkrequest at


You can contact us toll free at 1-866-312-AFTA.

Telephone and office hours are 8:00 A.M. – 6:00 P.M. CST Monday – Friday. If you reach a recording, please leave all pertinent information and we will return your call.


To contact us by mail write:

PO BOX 253
Ripley, TN 38063

FPO Team

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