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Strength Trainer Certification

Strength Trainer Certification

The AFPA Strength Trainer Certification course offers an in-depth look at strength training for the upper, lower and core sections of the body; safe and effective personalized training programs for men, women, children, and the elderly; strength and conditioning programs for athletes of all types for various sports at various ages and much more!

Drawing on the latest scientific principles and theories related to resistance training, this program provides the “how” and the “why” behind the proper performance of popular upper-body, lower-body and trunk exercises. By understanding the purpose and correct form for each exercise, you can gain the full benefit each exercise provides and avoid injury. You will also learn the latest information related to resistance training program design, training systems, periodization principles and a continuum of training programs.

Upon completion of the AFPA Strength Trainer certification course you’ll be able to design scientifically sound resistance training programs, modify and adapt programs to meet the needs of special populations, and implement strength building exercise programs design build power and strength.

Strength Trainer Certification Course Topics Include, but not limited to:

  • Basic Principles of Resistance Training and Exercise Prescription
  • Types of Strength Training
  • Comparison of Training Types
  • Neuromuscular Physiology and Adaptations to Resistance Training
  • Integrating Other Fitness Components
  • Does Resistance Training Affect Endurance
  • Does Resistance Training Affect Flexibility
  • Exercise Prescription of Resistance Training
  • Developing the Individualized Resistance Training Workout
  • Acute Program Variables
  • Resistance Training Systems and Techniques
  • Single-Set System
  • Multiple-Set System
  • Exercise Order Systems
  • Training Techniques Applicable to Other Systems
  • Specialized Systems and Techniques
  • Advanced Training Strategies
  • Periodization of Resistance Training
  • Plyometrics
  • Two Training Sessions in One Day
  • The Detraining Phenomenon
  • Women, Children, and Seniors and Resistance Training
  • New information on incorporating popular bodybuilding systems
  • 80 exercises that cause the greatest stimulation in the muscles
  • Nutrition periodization program to meet the body needs during training
  • Case studies with examples of exercise prescription design in real-life situations involving wrestling, personal fitness, volleyball and much more

Strength Trainer Certification Course Learning Objectives:

  • Define the process of progressive muscular overload with application to power athletes.
  • Demonstrate the differences between various types of resistance training techniques and their application for various sports and activities.
  • Explore the cardio-vascular training effects and high intensity resistance training effects on over-all cardio-vascular health.
  • Identify the physiological effects on the human body are associated with utilizing super sets, giant sets, and tri-setting.
  • Construct a sprint training program to improve speed during the off-season.
  • Design an exercise program based on the principals of specialization and lifting techniques.
  • Recognize the detraining phenomenon on both motor performance and strength loss.
  • Compare and contrast strength movements such as bench press, squat, and dead lift to explosive power movements such as clean, high pull and snatch.
  • Administer a safe, effective and reasonable training program to improve over-all power and strength development.

Minimum Prerequisites for the Strength Trainer Certification Course:

  • 18 years of age
  • Functional knowledge of English and arithmetic
  • Personal Trainer Certification recommended
  • CPR not required to take examination but may be required by employer or to obtain liability insurance.

As an AFPA Certified Strength Trainer working for yourself:

  • You keep the money you earn.
  • You receive many tax advantages.
  • You create your own work schedule.
  • Your average hourly income can range from $40-$125 per hour.
  • You make all the business decisions.
  • Some AFPA Certified Strength Trainers have created their own training facility and earn over $1,000 per week, working their own schedule with no travel time and expense. Others may choose to affiliate themselves with local athletic programs, high school sports teams and college strength and conditioning departments.

As an AFPA Certified Strength Trainer working for others:

  • You may receive a free membership to the facility.
  • You may receive employee benefits.
  • Management personal with assign you clients, teams or athletes.
  • You may be encouraged to up sell memberships and/or products and receive additional commissions.
  • You may be required to give a percentage of your money to the facility, or pay a rental fee.
  • The facility will have extensive strength training equipment that you can train your clients with to help them obtain their goals.
  • You may get bonuses for obtaining new clients, selling memberships, and nutritional products.

Strength Trainer Certification Course Includes:

  • No travel is necessary.
  • Instructional Certification Textbooks, Instructional DVD’s, certification exam.
  • Study Suggestions.
  • There are no extra or added fees for course materials and examination.
  • Upon successful completion and passage your certificate will read “Certified Strength Trainer “.
  • Toll-Free technical support during and after examination, or email AFPA any time.
  • Free weekly AFPA email newsletter with updates, event postings and job listings.
  • Continuing Education opportunities with courses and AFPA Fitness Education Conferences.
  • AFPA offers many fitness specialty and advanced certification programs when you are ready to expand your career options in the fitness field.

Requirements for AFPA Strength Trainer Certification Course:

  • Complete the online order information, mail in application or phone in your order.
  • Receive and review all your materials.
  • Complete the final certification exam that includes 75 short answer open ended questions and various case studies.
  • You have up to 6 months to complete your Strength Trainer Certification course.
  • You may submit your final exam once completed anytime prior to the 6 months.
  • Course completion and 85% is required to pass your certification exam.


  • Students must receive a passing grade of 85% or better to receive certification.
  • Students that do not achieve this score are able to retake the final exam one time, within 3 months, at no added fee.
  • Additional attempts are subject to a $50 administrative fee.

How to Order, Shipping & Handling:

  • You may place your order online anytime with VISA, MasterCard, AMEX and Discover.
  • AFPA has a secure online system 24 hours a day.
  • You will receive confirm via email once your order has been received.
  • Your order is processed for shipping within 24 business hours.
  • You may place your order by phone with a major credit card by calling 1.800.494.7782, M-F 9:00am-5:00pm EST.
  • You may mail check or money order, along with completed Enrollment Application to AFPA.
  • Standard shipping is USPS Priority Mail. Please allow 3-5 business days for delivery.
  • Optional Shipping is 2 Day FED EX or Next Day FED EX for an additional fee.
  • All international orders are shipped Economy Fed EX to insure delivery.
  • Select your shipping option upon check out.
  • Orders are processed immediately and shipped w/in 24 business hours.


Strength Trainer Certification Course:  $395.00