Become a Personal Trainer

Exercise can provide lifelong happiness and results only when performed effectively. With an AFPA personal training certification, you can use your specific expertise to help your clients reach their physical, mental and lifestyle goals. As a trainer, you’ll learn how to help others lose weight, reduce the risk of chronic disease, quit smoking, increase athletic performance and much more.

What You Will Learn


Understand Proper Fitness Metrics

Learn how to comprehend the most important data-driven information to make necessary adjustments to your client's personal training regimen. You can then use this knowledge to more effectively screen participants, conduct fitness tests, evaluate major components of movement and implement the right training program.

Become a Master of Movement

Our simple step-by-step material will educate you on the best exercises for increasing speed, explosiveness, athleticism and endurance. Packed with dozens of ready-to-use programs, you have access to a library of exercises with details of each variation so you can begin teaching your clients the right way to perform.

Personal Training That Gets Results

Our programs extend past exercise instruction. You’ll also discover how to approach complex topics of health, nutrition, aging, and more so you can become the jack-of-all trades and transform the lives of your clients.

Key Benefits


Be the Change

Becoming a certified trainer allows you to share your passion for fitness with people who seek help. Motivate, educate and instruct others to guide them with your expertise so they can reach their desired fitness goals.

Specialize in a Targeted Personal Training Niche

AFPA provides several options for fitness specialization to help you become the trusted authority in the field. Gain a larger client base and increase your revenue stream by narrowing your field of expertise.

Join the Thriving Fitness Industry

The continued growth in the fitness field has increased the demand for professional trainers with industry knowledge. AFPA certified trainers are highly sought after because we focus on providing the most robust, updated fitness knowledge to our students, which helps increase their earning potential once they begin their career.

Not sure if coaching is the right path for you? Hear what our graduates have to say

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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, Holistic Nutritionist Certification
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I looked at a lot of certifications out there. You name it, I’ve looked at it, but AFPA stood out to me. They’re out-of-the-box thinkers and so am I. The certification process was fairly easy, it was very effective, and fun to learn."

Andrew Schuth, Personal Trainer Certification

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National Recognition

Voted as one of the Top 10 Best Personal Trainer Certifications by LiveStrong and Huffington Post.
Proud member of the Institute for Credentialing Excellence (ICE) for our dedication in supporting the credentialing community and our commitment to excellence in AFPA’s certification programs.
AFPA Certification programs are approved by the G.I. Bill to allow further support for our troops and military spouses.

Personal Trainer FAQs

Is there such a thing as a license to be a personal trainer? Answer

Personal trainers are not “licensed” practitioners. You can conduct your training business how you choose, keeping in mind the AFPA Code of Ethics.

Why should I become an AFPA Certified Personal Trainer? Answer

AFPA is recognized nationally and internationally as a leader in fitness, wellness and nutrition education and certification. Earning your AFPA Personal Trainer Certification is the first step in gaining the knowledge to successfully train various populations of individuals, gain professional recognition and financial rewards. You will learn all the important information necessary to get you started as a Certified Personal Trainer.

Who completes the AFPA certification programs? Answer

Many people with different backgrounds and education have participated in AFPA certification training programs: doctors, chiropractors, gym owners, college and high school coaches, wellness coordinators, weight loss counselors, non-certified instructors and trainers, and individuals who are currently certified by other organizations. There are no state-by-state regulations for personal training, and your certification is therefore valid in any state and country.

Are there any pre-qualifications I need to become an AFPA Certified Personal Trainer? Answer

AFPA requires that individuals be at least 18 years of age, have the equivalent of a high school education, and have a sincere desire to help others obtain their fitness and lifestyle goals.

How long does it take to complete the AFPA Certified Personal Trainer program? Answer

Completion time varies by individual and will depend on what certification program you enroll in, educational background, reading and writing skills and efficiency. Most individuals can become a competent Certified Personal Trainer within less than 6 months when studying 7-10 hours a week.

What is the enrollment fee to become an AFPA Certified Personal Trainer? Answer

The price for AFPA Certification varies depending on the certification course chosen. Please review the individual certification courses for the prices. These prices include all courses materials and examination fee - there are no hidden costs or additional fees!

How soon after I enroll can I get started? Answer

Enrollment orders can take up to 24 business hours to process. If you enroll in a digital delivery option, you will be sent your enrollment email with online digital access. If you have selected to receive printed materials, shipments take 3-5 business days.

How long do I have to complete the Personal Trainer program, and how do I take my exam? Answer

The Personal Trainer course includes multiple textbooks/eBooks, self-assessment quizzes, online videos, course guideline and final exam. Typically, it takes 100 hours. This is a self-paced, self-study program that’s typically completed in less than 6 months. The final exam is completed on your own desktop or mobile device. For details, click here.

Do I have to go to a testing site for the final exam? Answer

No. You can complete the final exam on your own desktop or mobile device.

Does my certification include Professional Liability Insurance coverage? Answer

Due to the varied nature of the positions held by AFPA professionals, liability insurance coverage is not included with your enrollment fee. Once you complete your AFPA certification, however, you may apply for professional liability insurance with several AFPA-approved insurance providers.

Do I need First Aid and/or CPR certification prior to enrolling in a fitness or personal trainer certification program? Answer

No. First Aid and CPR certifications are not required prior to completing your certification program.

What if I don't pass the certification exam? Answer

If you don't pass the certification exam, you may retake the exam for a retest fee of $75.00.

How much time is required to complete the Master Personal Trainer certification program? Answer

You will have up to 2 years to complete the Master Nutrition Consultant program. The average student takes approximately 400 hours to complete all 4 courses. The hours include reading, listening, watching, note taking, self-assessment quizzes/activities, assignments and the final exam for each program.

The courses included are:

  • Personal Trainer
  • Nutrition & Wellness Consultant
  • Advanced Personal Trainer
  • Strength and Conditioning Specialist

For details, click here.

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