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The Effective 7-Step Process for Finding the Best Certification for You

Choosing the right certification for your passion can feel overwhelming. Here’s a simple 7-step process you can use right away to help you find the best program.

1. Perform Extensive Research

With hundreds of different health, fitness and nutrition certifications available, it’s imperative that you find the program that suits you best. Make it a priority to find a curriculum that is fully recognized and reputable with industry-leading education material.

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2. Pick a Program and Enroll

Once you’ve decided on a program, it’s time to take action. AFPA focuses on making the enrollment process quick and easy. Upon payment, you’ll receive your course within 24 business hours so you can get started as fast as possible.

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3. Study on Your Own Time

We understand how busy life can get. Our programs were designed so you can complete the education material on your own time. This means there are no stressful deadlines to graduate. AFPA certification is typically completed within a 6-month timespan, but you have the freedom to finish the curriculum within your ideal time frame. We also provide unlimited support from our educational advisors for any help you need.

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4. Graduate with Industry-Leading Credentials

Once you’ve studied the material and passed the exam, you are now eligible to receive your official credentials as a health, fitness or nutrition professional! AFPA certification places you as an authority in the field you chose and gives you the proper credentials to begin your dream career.

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5. Begin Your Dream Career

Once you're certified, you're now ready to begin your career as a trainer, coach or nutrition professional. Whether you start your own business or work for another, AFPA prioritizes the success of our graduates. This means even after completion of our curriculum, we are happy to continue supporting your endeavors with educational resources and keeping you up to date with the latest industry trends.

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6. Stay Certified with Continued Education

The health, fitness and nutrition industries are constantly evolving. To keep your credentials and specialized knowledge, and remain competitive, it’s imperative that you renew your certification every 2 years. As an AFPA certified professional, you’ll remain a relevant authority in your field through our state-of-the-art renewal process. We ensure each and every one of our graduates remains an expert with frequently updated continued education.

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7. Continue to Create Your Own Path

We pride ourselves on having the most extensive selection of specialized programs. If you have already received AFPA credentials and started a career in a general health, fitness or nutrition field, you can take it one step further. Establishing an area of specialization can set you apart from the competition. Our specialized curriculums were specifically designed to dive deeper into a targeted market that interests you most, molding you into a top professional in that niche.

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Create Your Own Path, Explore Our Extensive Programs and Certifications

AFPA thrives on have the most comprehensive selection of health, fitness & nutrition programs. With over 30 unique certifications, you can find the exact curriculum you’re looking for. Select the category that speaks to you.

Nutrition Certifications

Have a passion for achieving optimal health through strategic nutrition plans? AFPA has a variety of holistic, preventative, fitness and sports nutrition certification programs to help you provide your clients with the tools and strategies to improve their daily eating, overall health health and longevity.

Nutrition Certifications

Today's research indicates that unhealthy eating is one of the leading contributors to premature disease and death. Now is the time to begin your education to acquire the necessary skills and expertise to become a successful nutrition professional. Our nutrition programs will show you how to deliver nutrition advice and expertise in a way that helps people make meaningful progress. From holistic nutrition, to weight management and more, AFPA has a program for you.

Health Coach Certifications

Become a pivotal part of people’s lives and guide them into rejuvenated health. Our health coaching certifications will train you to guide clients into living their fullest through healthy lifestyle, dietary and motivational changes.

Health Coach Certifications

Health coaching has become one of the most lucrative industries to date. With the rise of natural living, many people are turning to dietary and lifestyle changes for disease-free living. As a health coach, you will learn how to guide your clients into effective behavior change. AFPA health coach certifications show you the best approaches for setting goals, supporting, motivating and adopting lifestyle choices that will help your clients live a healthy, vibrant life.

Personal Training Certifications

Gain the skills to become an expert personal trainer in the niche of your choice. Whether you are a beginner looking to get certified, or you want to take your personal training to the next level, AFPA has plenty of options to choose from.

Personal Training Certifications

If you're considering a career in personal training and wondering what it takes to become a Certified Personal Trainer, we have the answers. With an AFPA personal training certification, you’ll be equipped with the most effective tools, techniques and workout knowledge to give your clients the results they’re looking for. Whether you are a beginner helping the novice get in shape or an advanced trainer looking to take your clients to the next level, we have a program that will suit your needs.

Fitness Certifications

Millions of people attend group fitness classes everyday. Our wide-ranging fitness certifications extend throughout various categories from group exercise to yoga. Learn more about which fitness curriculum is right for you.

Fitness Certifications

Help others get in the best shape of their lives with our popular fitness certifications. We understand that there is no one-size-fits-all protocol. That’s why our selection of programs range far and wide. Becoming the trusted, go-to trainer requires a specific set of skills and knowledge in the subset of movements you’re interested in most. From yoga, to kickboxing and more, each fitness regimen must have an authority in the field to show clients the proper workouts and techniques. Become a fitness group instructor or teach one-on-one with an AFPA fitness certification.

Specialty Programs

Are you interested in a hyper-targeted health niche? AFPA has several specialized certifications like longevity wellness, core training, golf conditioning, multiple sclerosis fitness, triathlon injury, and much, much more.

Specialty Programs

Become an expert in a specialized health niche and guide others into reaching their full physical potential by solving their own individual needs. AFPA’s specialty programs allows you to become the trusted authority in several specialty fields, such as running injury prevention, posture analysis, golf injuries, back injury, cycling injury and much more. If you’re interested in a more unique certification, choose one of our speciality programs so you can help your clients on a more personal level.

Continuing Education

AFPA offers in-depth certifications for professionals who want to stay ahead of the educational curve. Learn more about our continuing education courses designed to help you gain the right knowledge so your clients get the results they are looking for.

Continuing Education

Continuing education must be a priority for anyone who wants to maintain a sustainable career as a health, fitness or nutrition professional. Our industry of health and wellness is constantly evolving with breakthrough science and knowledge, and we want you to stay on top of the current trends and education material. Our in-depth continuing education programs will provide you with the most recent information in your field along with the credits you need to maintain your credentials.

AFPA instantly gives you credibility and is super well respected in the industry. Clients know that if you have that certification, that they’re getting credible, reliable information. I also chose AFPA because of the course structure. With the courses, you get to make your own schedule and it’s perfect for anyone who may have another job, is going to school, or has a family."

Brett Bennett, AFPA Master Nutrition Consultant

The way my life has changed after getting the certification is like a complete 180, honestly. I definitely could not have counseled people the way I do now without AFPA. I was surprised the most when I just realized really how much I was learning. I knew I was going to learn a lot, and that there were so many different curriculum topics, but at the end of it, I learned even so much more than I expected."

Candace Bell, AFPA Holistic Nutritionist

The reason I chose AFPA is because of the recognition that they have worldwide, designed by experts in their fields, so I felt very comfortable choosing them. The certification has been very beneficial in my career. I’m now able to attract more clients because of the certification behind my name. I’m no longer just a fitness trainer, I’m a fitness trainer and nutrition and wellness consultant."

Doron Willis, AFPA Nutrition & Wellness Consultant

Working with an accredited organization like AFPA has been really beneficial for me. It gives me a leg up on my colleagues because they might know a lot about nutrition, but don’t have the certification behind that. When you’re actually certified, it opens up a lot of doors and opportunities. Once I became certified with AFPA, I was pretty much immediately hired, which helped me get my name out there."

Allison Wells, AFPA Nutrition & Wellness Consultant

AFPA feels like more of a family. I can always email or reach out if I have any questions and I get a response immediately. It’s a very caring organization. I’ve been certified with other organizations and that’s not always the case."

Raven Harrington, AFPA Holistic Nutritionist

The price of the certification and the length of time required is really achievable. It was very easy to digest and I like the way the certificatications are modular, so I was able to build on my first certification."

Harvey Slater, AFPA Holistic Nutritionist, AFPA Weight Management Specialist
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