Youth Fitness Specialist Certification



Inspire the next generation to embrace an active lifestyle and develop a foundation of fitness as a Certified Youth Fitness Specialist.


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Give Kids The Knowledge and Experience to Live Healthier, More Confident Lives

Did you know? The national obesity rate among youth ages 2 to 19 is 18.5%. Not only is this rate higher than the previous generation, the data shows that in the U.S. alone, childhood obesity is estimated to cost $14 billion annually in direct health expenses.

This online Youth Fitness Specialist Certification program goes beyond exercise by providing a multidisciplinary approach to teaching health-related fitness to youth. This program will show you how to motivate, instruct, and coach kids at the elementary school level to get fit, improve their overall health, and boost their self-esteem.

Youth Fitness Specialists help kids live healthier lives

What’s It Like Being a Youth Fitness Specialist?

Design proper workouts for kids as a Youth Fitness Specialist

Specializing in youth fitness doesn’t just open new doors to a niche fitness market, it gives you a rewarding opportunity to play a positive role model in the life of a child. Once you’re AFPA certified, you’ll be able to:

  • Develop competitive games and fitness-driven activities based on the individual’s skill levels
  • Create a safe environment for children exercising in larger groups
  • Examine and apply motivational techniques to encourage children to exercise and be physically active
  • Instruct proper strength and endurance training to minimize injury and increase overall performance
  • Differentiate between exercises to enhance sport-specific skills and those to enhance physical wellness
  • Construct proper workouts for kids based on the sports and activities they participate in or may like
  • Design cardiovascular programs to improve overall health while minimizing children’s risk for obesity and cardiovascular disease
  • Determine strength levels of children with safe tests for further exercise recommendations

The Youth Fitness Specialist Certification Program Includes:

  • All course materials
    • 2 certification textbooks
    • Comprehensive manuals and additional video lessons
  • Sample yearly plan and youth fitness lesson plans
  • Reproducible instructional materials
  • Authentic assessment instruments
  • Fitness education portfolio
  • Motivational strategies
Earn a Youth Fitness Specialist Certification and make fitness fun for children of all ages

What You Will Learn:

This comprehensive Youth Fitness Specialist Certification program will help you launch a rewarding career building and teaching successful fitness programs that meet the challenging health demands of growing children. There are two major components addressed in this curriculum:

The Foundations of Fitness Education Answer

  • Health assessment/authentic assessment
  • Behavioral change and motivational strategies
  • Motivational strategies
  • The spectrum of teaching style class structure
  • Principles of health-related physical fitness
  • Fitness education for children with physical disabilities
  • Getting parents and your community involved

How to Plan and Teach Fitness Education Answer

  • Teaching health-related physical fitness concepts and strategies for instruction
  • Collaborating with the classroom teacher
  • Health-related physical fitness classroom activities
  • Developmental exercises
  • Cardiorespiratory endurance, muscular strength and muscular endurance
  • Exercises to avoid
  • Active games, dance and rhythmic activities
  • Planning developmentally appropriate activities, and school-wide events

Becoming an AFPA Certified Youth Fitness Specialist will allow you to empower children to recognize the importance of physical activity as well as give you the knowledge to coach parents and other working professionals on creating customized fitness programs for children and teens.

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“I am beyond THRILLED with my program so far. Easy to go at my own pace, easy to understand the process, and the content that I am learning is fantastic! I feel like I am truly being set up for success!”

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Customer Reviews

Based on 4 reviews
Mary M.
Youth Fitness

The literature with the program is very knowledgeable and interesting to youth fitness. The questions and answers are emphasized in the book.

Mary, your Youth Fitness Specialist Certification review is amazing!

Going Great!

Love the experience. The materials are detailed, resources are available on-demand and the Q&A Sessions are very helpful. Glad to be apart of something special.

Greetings and we are so glad you find our course Youth Fitness Specialist Certification to be up to your standards!

Katielynne G.
Youth Fitness Specialist

The material has been really informative! It makes me consider things I may not have other wise. I feel I will have more confidence as a YFS through AFPA! I am excited to finish my studies and dive in to what the future has as a Youth Fitness Specialist!

Katielynne, so very pleased to hear of your successful studies so far within the Youth Fitness Specialist Certification course!!!

Regina B.
Youth group fitness

Very informative and thorough. Focuses on motivating children to enjoy a lifetime of physical activity and fitness


Is This Program Right For Me? Answer

The Youth Fitness Specialist Certification Program is perfect for anyone who is:

  • Passionate about helping youth improve their physical, mental, social, and emotional development
  • Considering a career change towards one that is more fulfilling
  • Already an established health professional, such as a personal trainer, and wanting to diversify or expand their health education

Are There Payment Plans? Answer


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Do I Qualify? Answer

To enroll in the Youth Fitness Specialist Certification, you must:

  • Be at least 18 years of age.
    Have a solid understanding of the English language.

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 Youth Fitness Specialist” on your certificate.

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