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AFPA's Mission & Education

The AFPA Mission

Our mission is to provide students with affordable education that gives them the knowledge, skills and awareness necessary to enhance their own lives, the lives of others, and the community at large. We accomplish this through innovative program design, teaching, research and service focused on the professional practice of fitness, wellness, nutrition, health and physical education.


AFPA was founded in October 1994 to create and foster an educational environment conducive to the fitness, health and wellness enthusiast and professional. The launch of the AFPA organization brought educational courses directly to students in locations in the United States and abroad. Courses provided students with the opportunity to pre-study and then attend a resident portion for testing, in addition to providing distance learning through home studies. As technology improved, AFPA began to provide courses more distance learning options and online tools. In the past few years, AFPA provides the majority of its educational courses through distance learning.

From the conception of AFPA, distance learning courses, conferences, and seminars provided members and prospects with up-to-date quality education in the U.S. and internationally.

Goals and Objectives

Our goal is to provide fitness, health, wellness and nutrition distance education programs and certifications that are of interest to those in the physical fitness, health, wellness and nutrition industry by way of offering quality, reasonably priced, updated and new distance education programs and certifications.

To enhance professional development of fitness, health, wellness and nutrition students by facilitating opportunities for learning and individual growth by way of creating opportunities for professional development through distance education, professional conferences and online learning.

To uphold established AFPA standards and guidelines for the delivery of a variety of quality services, to future students, students and graduates by way of updating record keeping services, business practices and ongoing support.

To work in partnership with public/private/national/international organizations, associations & businesses by way of the creation of distance education programs and services to improve overall awareness of fitness, health, wellness and nutrition education and that support the benefits of such to all individuals and the communities in which they live.

To interact with fitness, health, wellness and nutrition organizations and professionals toward progression and improvement of related education and professional practices by way of examination of current research findings through participation and the conduct of market research to advance fitness education and professional practices.


Our educational programming committee has developed high-quality certifications programs and continuing education opportunities on topics ranging from personal training, strength and conditioning, functional and integrated training, Yoga, Pilates, pregnancy, seniors and youth fitness. 

Personal Trainer Certification Course

Advanced Personal Trainer Certification Course

Master Personal Trainer Certification Course

Nutrition & Wellness Consultant Certificate Course

Holistic Nutritionist Consultant Course

Sports Nutrition Certification Course

Weight Management Certification Course

Master Nutrition Consultant Certification Course

Pre/Post Natal Exercise Specialist Certification Course

Cardio Kickboxing Instructor Certification Course

Children’s Fitness Specialist Certification Course

Cycle Instructor Certification Course

Sports Conditioning Specialist Certification Course

Functional Training Specialist Certification Course

Yoga Instructor Certification – Level I

Yoga Instructor Certification – Level II

Pilates Instructor Mat Certification - Level I

Pilates Instructor Props Certification - Level II

Post-Rehab Exercise Specialist Certification Course

Stability Ball Trainer Certification Course

Strength Trainer Certification Course

Senior Fitness Specialist Certification Course

Aquatic Instructor Certification Course

Group Fitness Instructor Certification Course

Trainer of Special Populations Certification Course

Youth Fitness Specialist Certification

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