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AFAA Exam & AFAA Certification Info

Who is the AFAA?

The Athletics and Fitness Association of America (AFAA) is a professional organization that provides nationally and internationally recognized certifications in the field of health and fitness. They offer certifications for personal trainers, group fitness instructors, and other fitness professionals.

Step 1: Eligibility and Application

To be eligible for AFAA certification, you must be at least 18 years old and have a high school diploma or equivalent. You should also have current Emergency Cardiac Care (CPR) and Automated External Defibrillator (AED) certification. Once you meet these requirements, you can apply for the AFAA certification exam on their website:

Step 2: Scheduling the Exam

Once your application is approved, you will receive an email from AFAA with instructions on how to schedule your certification exam. The AFAA partners with PSI, a professional testing organization, to administer their exams. You can schedule your exam through the PSI website at a time and location that is convenient for you.

Step 3: Taking the Exam

The AFAA certification exams are taken at PSI testing centers. These centers are located throughout the United States and in many countries around the world. To find a testing center near you, visit the PSI website and use their location finder tool. On the day of your exam, be sure to arrive early and bring a valid photo ID.

For more specific information about the AFAA and their certification exams, please visit their website at

AFAA's certifications and workshops are recognized throughout the world in many languages. To inquire about hosting or attending a workshop outside of the United States, please contact our international programming department. Call toll free from the U.K. (0-800-89-50-56); Canada and Mexico (1-800-225-2322); all other intercontinental callers, please dial (1-818-905-0040), or fax us at (1-818-990-5468).

AFAA - Aerobics & Fitness Association of America Exams

AFAA Certified Group Fitness Trainer (AFAA-GCT)

The AFAA Certified Group Fitness Trainer certification test is a comprehensive assessment that evaluates a candidate's knowledge and skills in leading group fitness classes. It covers areas like anatomy, kinesiology, nutrition, and exercise science. The test also examines a candidate's ability to design effective and safe group fitness programs, manage group dynamics, and provide motivational support. The test includes a practical component, assessing the candidate's ability to demonstrate proper exercise techniques. Passing the test is a testament to a trainer's competence and qualifications in group fitness instruction.

100 - Multiple Choice
180 Minutes
AFAA Certified Personal Fitness Trainer (AFAA-CPT)

The AFAA Certified Personal Fitness Trainer certification test is a comprehensive exam aimed at aspiring fitness trainers. It tests knowledge of anatomy, physiology, nutrition, and exercise science. It also evaluates understanding of client assessment, program design, safety, and professional practices. The test is based on AFAA's guidelines and standards, ensuring a trainer's ability to effectively design fitness programs and instruct clients. Completion signifies a trainer's commitment to professional growth, competence, and adherence to ethical standards in the fitness industry. The certification is recognized globally, further enhancing a trainer's credibility and career opportunities.

100 - Multiple Choice
180 Minutes