National Association for Fitness Certification was established in 1992 to provide scientifically-based, standards-focused education and training for Group Fitness Instructors, Personal Trainers, and Wellness Consultants. NAFC’s combination of demanding standards, practical application of scientific principles, and affordable program pricing have defined our company as the most rapidly-expanding certifying organization in the industry today.

NAFC was established by a forward-thinking group of fitness professionals, representing expertise in fields including Exercise Physiology, Adaptive Physical Education, Medicine and Nursing, and Professional Coaching. Their desire was to enhance current fitness certification standards by providing access to convenient and comprehensive, yet practical and affordable, education and skills.

NAFC holds an industry accreditation by IACET, a credential by NBFE for higher standards, and is one of the only certifying organizations in the industry that holds a higher education career school license which allows us to issue college credits to our students.


NAFC emphasizes safety, effectiveness, and a comprehensive understanding of total fitness:

  • NAFC thoroughly evaluates each certification program on a regular basis, updating the materials as needed. Course content includes the most accurate and current information in the industry.
  • NAFC follows guidelines established by the American College of Sports Medicine, emphasizing practical information with respect to a comprehensive knowledge base.
  • The theoretical components of NAFC Certifications are comprehensive. Students must complete elements such as workbooks, practical (performance) exams, as well as comprehensive written exams with a minimum of 80% accuracy to earn NAFC Certification.
  • NAFC practical exams emphasize skills necessary for effective leadership in specific areas of instruction. Examples include body alignment, exercise technique, safety awareness, exercise testing, muscle groups and actions, execution of proper form, and techniques of alignment during muscle isolation exercises.