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Online Personal Fitness Trainer Course FAQ

FAQs Certified Personal Fitness Trainer Online Course

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1. Who are the National Council on Strength and Fitness?

  • The National Council on Strength and Fitness (NCSF) is an international member-driven organization of exercise professionals headquartered. The NCSF board for certification oversees the National Commission for Certifying Agencies (NCCA) accredited credentialing programs and advocates on behalf of exercise professionals around the world. The NCSF fosters a high level of professional competency and ethical practice, to best serve public interest and safety. Read more information about The National Council on Strength and Fitness National Council on Strength & Fitness

2. What is required to get my AFLCA CPFT certification using the online course?

  • To qualify for AFLCA CPFT accreditation with the online course you must:
    • complete the online course
    • complete the skills development workshop (OPTIONAL-but highly recommended)
    • email the AFLCA when you have completed the online course for exam registration information
    • register for and pass the AFLCA CPFT online exam (80% minimum passing grade)
    • register for and pass the practical exam
    • register for and Complete CPR/First Aid training
    • pay certification fees and provide documents/proof of completion of all required elements to the AFLCA

3. If I move in Canada or internationally can I transfer my certification?

  • Your AFLCA certification is recognized across Canada by the National Fitness Leadership Association; and internationally by all ICREPs member countries, and IHRSA. Read more about the NFLA and Registered Exercise Professionals.

4. How long before I have to renew my certification?

  • Certification is renewed annually, in May of each year, and proof of Continuing Education Credits are required every 2 years.

5. What are CECs/PDCs?

  • Continuing Education Credits (CECs) or Professional Development Credits (PDCs) are ongoing learning credits accumulated to maintain your certification. These are acquired through attending workshops, conferences, courses etc. The AFLCA provides ongoing professional development opportunities, and approves courses etc. provided by other organizations if they meet our competency-based, evidence-informed guidelines. CPFTs are required to obtain 20 CECs in a 2 year renewal cycle

Online Course and Process

6. How does the online course work?

  • Upon registration in the AFLCA online CPFT course, you will receive and on line resource manual to assist in your course learning and certification process. The AFLCA CPFT resource manual includes learning outcomes and supplementary information for Canadian practitioners. Once registered through the AFLCA online store you will receive an email from the AFLCA with your CPFT resource manual and another email from the NCSF e-Learning platform. Both emails will sent within 24 to 48 hours after registration to begin your learning. The Personal trainer online course provides readings, applied scenarios, and quizzes to ensure that you have a firm grasp of the knowledge base that is needed for the performance of the outlined training activities. The course is divided into 8 learning units with 17 chapters of information. Upon completion of all the course – readings and practical activities outlined, and quizzes you will be prepared to write the AFLCA CPFT exam.

7. Do I have to complete the chapter quizzes and final practice exam?

  • Yes and you are required to pass each quiz (minimum 80%) and final practice exam (minimum 80%) to complete the course. Quizzes and exams can be taken as many times as you like to aid in your learning.

8. Do my chapter quiz scores count toward my final score/grade?

  • No. The quiz marks are a good gauge of your comprehension of the material, however they do not count towards a final mark.

9. Can I take a chapter quiz more than once?

  • Yes. We recommend that you take the chapter quizzes as many times as you feel necessary to ensure you understand the content and can achieve passing grades.

10. Do I have to take the CPFT skills development course?

  • No, but it is highly recommended. The skills development course covers key practical skills in Client Health Assessment Protocols (CHAP), counselling, and program design. This knowledge will support you to pass your practical assessment requirement. Due to current government COVID restrictions, this course is on hold.

11. How long do I have to complete the course and requirements to become certified?

  • You have 1 year to complete all of the requirements and submit your information to the AFLCA. We suggest that you complete the course within six months, so that you will have ample time to write and pass the exam, practical assessment and CPR requirements. Missing the deadline for certification registration can result in additional fees for extension, and an exam rewrite fee. If you are unable to meet your deadlines, please contact us immediately at or 1–866-FIT-UNIT (348–8648)

12. How will you know if I have completed the online course?

  • Our server tracks and documents your quiz attempts and scores. This information is fed into your personal Member account. Once we see your quizzes have been completed, we know you have completed the course. Once the course is completed you will receive notice that you are able to book your theory exam sitting at a time convenient to you. Practical exams are booked with an examiner after the theory exam.

13. How long does it take to get my exam results?

  • Certification exams are completed online and results are immediate.

14. What happens if I don’t pass the theory or practical exams?

  • You are able to retake supplemental theory and/or practical exams.

15. How do performance standards differ from learning objectives?

  • Performance standards are based on standards for practice and provide the demonstrable competencies and learning outcomes that you will be evaluated on in your examinations and practical assessments. Learning objectives are topics within each chapter that, on completion of the chapter, you will understand and be comfortable with to inform your work. There is overlap between Performance Standards and chapter learning objectives.

16. What is included in the course fees?

*Course fees include: – the full online course and quizzes and practice exams, digital textbook, learning videos, and sessions, AFLCA CPFT theory exam (first booking). The skills development workshop is optional and will be scheduled at a later date. Course fees do not include the practical exam or certification fees as there is a choice of insurance premium offered to new CPFT‘s, CPR and first aid certificate and training.

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