Fitness Trainer Organizations
If you want to seriously take up fitness training as a career, you need to get certified by any of the nationally-
accredited fitness trainer organizations. Without a certification, you won't be able to work legally as a fitness
trainer. And even if you can, you won't get the trust of potential clients who want the assurance that you know
what you are doing. More importantly, you won't have the confidence necessary to do your job successfully,
knowing that there are lessons and trainings taught in these organizations that you do not know anything
It goes without saying that if you want to start your fitness training career on the right foot, you have to get
certified. There are many fitness organizations that offer various kinds of certification programs for potential
trainers. Here are two of the most well-known ones below:
American Council on Exercise (ACE). ACE is considered as one of the world's largest nonprofit fitness
certification organization with over 50,000 certified professionals in its roster. Their certifications are
recognized as standard in the industry, with a fitness curriculum accepted by more than 300 colleges and
ACE currently offers four fitness certification programs. These are: 1) Personal Trainer Certification, 2) Group
Fitness Instructor Certification, 3) Lifestyle and Weight Management Coach and 4) Advanced Health and Fitness
Specialist Certification. The Personal Trainer Certification is for those who want to train on a one-on-one basis
or in small group settings while the Group Fitness Instructor Certification allows fitness pros to teach exercises
in large groups. An ACE Lifestyle and Weight Management Coach develops sensible weight management
programs for long-term success. The fourth certification is for those who want to specialize in preventative and
post-rehabilitative fitness programming.
You need to be at least 18 years old and be CPR/AED certified in order to be eligible to take an ACE exam.
Expect to shell out anywhere from $200 to $249 for the exam fee, depending on the type of certification and
the kind of exam (paper and pencil or online) you want to take. The review materials do not come with the
Aerobics and Fitness Association of America (AFAA). With over 300,000 certifications issued to fitness
professionals from 73 countries around the world, the certification programs of AFAA are indeed a mark
of distinction in the field. Their certification courses are also available online through their E-AFAA Online
AFAA offers the following certifications and continuing education workshops: 1) Personal Trainer Certification,
2) Primary Group Exercise Certification, 3) Kickboxing Certification, 4) Step Certification, 5) Practical Pilates,
6) Indoor Cycling, 7) Floor, Core and More for Personal Trainers, 8) Practical Yoga Instructor Training, 9)
Practical Skills and Choreography, 10) Longevity Training for Seniors, 11) Kickboxing Skills and Choreography,
12) National Board Review Course for PFTs, 13) Step Skills and Choreography, 14) Mat Science I and II, 15)
Midlife Fitness for Women, 16) Metabolic Connection to Obesity, 17) Perinatal Fitness, 18) Mechanics of Injury
Prevention and 19) Group Resistance Training.
Depending on the kind of certification program you want to take, the cost can range anywhere from $239 to
$499. The fee includes the workshops and the exam cost. Like the ACE certification, you also need to be 18
years old and a holder of an adult CPR and AED certificate in good standing.
These are just two of the certifying organizations recognized nationally and even globally. You can also check
out the National Academy of Sports Medicine (NASM), the Cooper Institute and the American College of Sports
If you believe that you have what it takes to be a Fitness Trainer, then the first step is the AFAA Certified Personal Fitness Trainer Exam Study Guide that walks you through the entire Fitness Trainer hiring process.
For more information, go to our page for the FAFAA Certified Personal Fitness Trainer Exam Study Guide.