Weight Management Specialist Certification



Equip yourself with specialized knowledge and strategies to support clients in achieving sustainable weight management goals as a Certified Weight Management Specialist.

Online | Self-Paced | Complete in 6 Months or Less | Digital Textbooks Included


Help People Reach Their Personal Best Weight

There are a few reasons that drive a person to want to lose weight. For some, maintaining a healthy weight is important because they want to avoid the likelihood of developing (potentially) life-threatening diseases like heart disease or diabetes.

For others, being overweight negatively fuels insecurities, which can lead to dangerous mental illnesses like anorexia and bulimia nervosa.

The AFPA Weight Management Specialist Certification program provides the tools to develop balanced yet results-focused nutrition, exercise, and lifestyle programs and effectively communicate them to clients who want to reach their goals.

Help people reach their personal best weight as a Certified Weight Management Specialist

What Can I Do as a Weight Management Specialist?

The AFPA Weight Management Specialist Certification program provides a holistic approach to weight and health management.

Help clients as a Weight Management Nutrition Coach

Once you’re AFPA certified, you’ll be able to:

  • Work with clients in finding their optimal weight to enhance their quality of life
  • Examine the psychological link that exists between individuals and eating disorders
  • Explain the physiological effects of eating disorders on the human body and how they can be addressed by fitness and wellness professionals
  • Differentiate between healthy carbohydrates and unhealthy carbohydrates
  • Construct a safe, effective, and reasonable weight management program that encourages healthy eating and sensible exercise
  • Counsel clients on weight management using effective communication and goal-setting techniques

Is Specializing in Weight Management Right For Me?

A career as a weight loss consultant may be the ideal fit, if you…

  • Are an effective communicator with a passion for helping people get what they desire by implementing a holistic approach to health and weight management
  • Are looking to switch careers and align yourself on a professional path that is deeply satisfying and financially rewarding… (You can earn back the cost of your tuition with your very first client!)
  • Already work as a fitness or healthcare professional and want to deepen your knowledge of evidence-based nutrition protocols
  • Want to get world-class education without constraints on your schedule, lifestyle or bank account
Help clients implement a holistic approach to health and weight management
Become a Certified Weight Management Specialist Online

What You’ll Get:

  • All course materials
    • 3 certification textbooks
    • Assignments
    • Online final exam
  • Guidebook on legal standards, risk management, and professional ethics
  • Online Course modules to stay on track
  • Counseling and lifestyle management forms for starting your own business
  • Practice questions, case study and critical thinking self-assessments to test progress
  • Forms, worksheets, checklists and client questionnaires

A Look Inside The Curriculum:

This weight loss consultant program will provide you with the education you need to guide your clients to achieve their weight loss goals through behavior modification and will provide you with the skills necessary to help them achieve long-term weight management.

Understanding Concepts of Underweight, Overweight, and Obesity Answer

Study the differences in body compositions as they relate to Body Mass Index (BMI) and interpret the causes of obesity in America. Topics include:

  • Prevalence of overweight in the Western world
  • Health consequences of overweight and obesity
  • Calculating the optimum weight for longevity and health

Assessing Metabolic Rate and Body Composition Answer

Find out why a higher metabolism is favorable for weight loss. You’ll review how to do a clinical assessment of body composition and the speed at which chemical metabolic reactions take place in the body. Topics include:

  • Body size, shape, and composition
  • Clinical assessment of body composition
  • Genetic factors and body composition
  • Dietary and physical activity assessment
  • Connecting assessment components together
  • Bioimpedance analysis concepts and techniques
  • Energy metabolism
  • The metabolic fate of ingested food
  • Energy expenditure: metabolic rate
  • Energy expenditure: diet-induced thermogenesis
  • Non-resting energy expenditure: fidgeting, exercise, and other physical activities

Physiological Influences on Weight Management Answer

Understand the essential physiological factors that affect body fat percentage and can contribute to weight fluctuation. Topics include:

  • Issues of the thyroid gland
  • Issues of the gonadal systems
  • Issues of the adrenal gland
  • Issues of other organs of the endocrine system

Lifestyle Balancing Answer

Analyze lifestyle habits and experiences, how these “overlap” with each other, and how it is all connected to the success or failure of weight management. Topics include:

  • Basic nutrition for weight management
  • Exercise
  • Stress reduction
  • Genetic influences
  • Past issues of abuse
  • Emotional eating
  • Inflammation control
  • Medical / allergy testing
  • Environmental influences on body weight
  • Herbal and other natural weight regulators
  • Weight counseling in clinical practice

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“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 certifications are modular. So, i was able to build on my first certification.”

— Harvey Slater, AFPA Weight Management Specialist

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Customer Reviews

Based on 19 reviews
Ryan D.
Got everything you need in

Got everything you need in one package

Kristine J.
Such a great resource!

Such a great resource!

Anastasiia R.
Great Program!

This is an absolutely fantastic program. What I loved about it is that it gives you all the science behind weight loss together with nutritional strategies, and it also provides you with counseling models so that you can provide effective interventional strategies to your client.
You can also do it whenever it suits you. I was very motivated to move to a Specialist certification after my first Nutrition and Wellness certificate to deepen my knowledge, and I am able to finish it in about 3 months.

Melody H.
Weight management program

Awesome information, the material is easy to follow. The nutrition programs are very informative. Now working on the weight management program and is very interesting.

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Hello Sara,
Please let us know what issues you are having uploading your assignments in your learning portal as we are here to assist. I also searched for a separate email concerning your troubles but we do not see an email from at education@afpafitness.com. Please reach out to us there for support. I do see you were able to chat with a representative today, and I do see that Amy O. had replied to a question you had as seen below. Again, we're happy to provided you with additional assistance, just let us know how we can help.

Hello Sara,

Thank you for your email and for reaching out about the Weight Management Specialist Certification course assessments. The assessments within this course are presented in short answer, application, or case study format versus a t/f/multiple choice format so that the student can provide a more comprehensive representation of the knowledge obtained in the readings or demonstrate how they would put that knowledge into practice by evaluating different situations and deve


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Yes! Your enrollment fee includes lifetime access to all of the digital textbooks you will need to complete this course.

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We understand that learning styles and preferences vary. If you are interested in purchasing physical textbooks in addition to the digital textbooks that are included in your course enrollment fee, you can find a complete book list within your online student learning platform.

Do I Qualify? Answer

To enroll in the Weight Management Specialist Certification Program, you must:

Exam Requirements:

  • You need a minimum final exam grade of 85% to pass.
    A $75.00 retest fee will apply.

After successful completion, you will earn the title of “Certified Weight Management Specialist” on your certificate.

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