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Online Personal Fitness Trainer Course

AFLCA Certified Personal Fitness Trainer Online Course

About the course

The AFLCA has partnered with the National Council on Strength & Fitness to offer an evidence-informed, online course designed to provide the the skills and professional recognition you need to succeed.

Often used as the foundation for post-secondary curriculum, the NCSF course provides the knowledge that you will need to practice safely and successfully. With assistance available from NCSF and AFLCA, candidates will have a supported learning experience.

The AFLCA has supplemented the NCSF course with Canadian protocols for personal training practice. Once completed you will be prepared to take the AFLCA-CPFT online exam. All certified AFLCA professionals qualify for professional registration.

Recognized Globally

As an AFLCA Registered Exercise Professional, your accreditation is recognized globally in 11 nations, and on five continents, including the United States, Ireland, UK, Spain, Australia, New Zealand, India, South Africa and the United Arab Emirates.

Read more about Registered Exercise Professionals.

How it Works

1. Study Take the online course.

2. Pass Write and pass the AFLCA-CFPT online exam.

3. Apply Write and pass the AFLCA CPFT practical exam.

4. Certify Submit your qualification requirements to our office.

4. Advance Take your career to the next level and add AFLCA advanced certifications to your credentials.

GET STARTED: Register for the course

What to Expect during your CPFT Practical Assessment

Discuss the platform between yourself and your CPFT examiner. Online options are Zoom, Google meets, etc.. Or by video and share via youtube, google docs, etc.

Space Requirements
You will need access to a space where you can:
1) sit down and perform your client consultation, e.g desk, table
2) perform the Client Health Assessment Profile (CHAP) – see equipment requirements below
3) space where equipment (mats, dumbbells, tubing, etc. – whatever equipment you have available to you) is easily accessible
The space you use for your practical assessment does not have to be in a formal fitness centre setting. It can be a studio, home office, etc. The space does need to accommodate setting up a portable device (camera, laptop, etc.) so the Examiner can get a clear view to assess your discussion, CHAP skills and exercise demonstration skills.

Equipment Requirements
Understanding what equipment to use, how to set it up and use it is part of your Practical Assessment. Refer to the assessment protocols in your CPFT resource manual, and follow the equipment set up requirements as outlined.

Other Requirements
You need a volunteer that is willing to play the role of your client. They need to agree to video your demonstration (if you choose videotaping vs. zoom). . Ensure that you follow all AHS guidelines in place at the time of your assessment, e.g. masking, distance.


Step One: Client Consultation

Your examiner might add lifestyle or physical challenges to your mock client’s profile (e.g., osteoporosis, busy mother of 3 with a full time job, previous knee injury, etc.)
You’re expected to complete your client consultation using the counselling techniques outlined in the “Counselling & Building Rapport” section of the CPFT Resource manual.

Step Two: CHAP

Once you’ve completed your consultation, you’ll be expected to complete the CHAP on your client following the guidelines laid out through the assessment protocols in the CPFT resource manual.

Step Three: Goal Setting & Program Design

Based on the information you obtain from your consultation with your client, and the results of your CHAP and goal-setting discussion you’ll be expected to create an initial exercise program design (warm up, cardiovascular exercise, muscle conditioning, stretches, etc.). The program you design must be clear, and concise, e.g. FITT principle, appropriate number of reps, appropriate weight for the given range of repetition; appropriately timed rest intervals. It must also address the needs and requirements of your mock client, and take into consideration any information you’ve been given about their history.

Step Four: Program Demonstration and Set up

Demonstrate taking your client through the exercise program that you created in Step Three of the examination process.

Expect your practical assessment to take from 1.5 to 2 hours. Make sure to pre-arrange the time with your CPFT examiner in advance, two to four weeks before your scheduled practical assessment date. This will ensure sure that you can complete your practical assessment without interruption, and that you can complete your requirements for certification on time.

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