National Association for Fitness Certification


nafc-header-logoThe National Association for Fitness Certification (NAFC) mission is educating fitness professional to become a critical thinking, movement specialist. The NAFC has provided scientifically-based, standards-focused education since 1992 and is the most rapidly expanding Fitness Certification Organization in the United States.

The NAFC is different from the other certification organizations in that our students are not only seeking careers, but rather want to introduce a lifestyle of health into theirs’ and others’ everyday lives. The NAFC works with professional trainers, educators and institutions whose goals are health, fitness and an ongoing lifestyle for longevity in health. NAFC professionals have the combined advantage of having acquired a superb education, and the skill sets to make a great income doing what they are most passionate about!

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MFN professional members receive a 20% discount on NAFC certifications and bundle certifications, in addition to CEC single courses. Discount does not apply to courses by Fitness Learning Systems or Academy of Health and Fitness.


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

nafc-lifestyleThe 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.

To this end, the NAFC offers a hands-on practical experience along with a thorough theoretical program, covering the scientific bases of training (anatomy, biomechanics, physiology); motivation (behavior modification techniques, fitness testing); and diet and nutrition (weight management, the energy-balance equation, body composition). Group Fitness Instructors also receive instruction in working with music and leading effective group exercise sessions.

While many trainers and instructors are “certified,” often they are not required to demonstrate practical application of the knowledge they received. NAFC certifications surpass the norm, in requiring that all NAFC students pass a practical examination to demonstrate the ability to apply their education not just on paper, but in practice as well.



The Personal Training program prepares the trainer for professional one-on-one interactions with their clients. You will learn to assess the fitness levels of clients and effectively design and communicate fitness programs based on their needs and goals. NAFC will guide you as a trainer to teach exercise in a manner that enhances learning while respecting safety and effectiveness. The NAFC will teach you how to move the human body.  Possess the expertise of body mechanics with an understanding of corrective movement.

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nutrition-coach-foundationsBuild a foundation of knowledge in nutritional sciences along with proven coaching skills to successfully guide clients in developing food plans. Based on college level nutrition courses. Gain an occupational advantage with enhanced education and a credential to differentiate you from your competition!

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wellness-consultant-certificationWellness consultants guide their clients in the areas of health, fitness, lifestyle education and nutrition coaching. Our Certified Wellness Consultants are prepared to help their clients meet their goals by guiding them in healthy lifestyle habits, including their nutrition and aiding them through the development of a quantifiable goal setting. This certification will give you the tools to facilitate building a career as a wellness coach.  Extensive information about nutrition and weight management is shared through the program.

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The Mat One course is the foundation to begin Tri-plane Pilates and prepares students for Reformer 1 and 2 courses. Learn to instruct as a critical-thinking trainer capable of understanding the anatomy of a particular exercise and purpose of each movement. Tri-plane Pilates Mat level 2 is a continuation of level 1 using new tools to enhance sequencing and program design.

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mat-1-certWhen the reformer is used in our method of training it becomes functional. Tri-plane Reformer training utilizes all three planes of movement in positions of the body that translate into daily activities. In reformer 2, hone in on the skills of a seasoned Functional Movement Specialist. Learn the broader meaning of functional movement concepts using the sure-fire method approved by the NAFC and the Pilates Coach.

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cert-bundleBundled certifications offer a special deal for the ambitious and forward-thinking fitness professional.

Our bundles included Personal Training & Nutrition Coach, Personal Training & Group Fitness, Health & Wellness, MAT 1 & 2 bundles, and reformer 1 & 2 bundles.

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NAFC offers a number of specialty certifications that we call PowerCerts.

Our current PowerCerts include:

  • willPower & grace® is the full-body, barefoot conditioning program that athletes need, and the high-energy cardiovascular solution that mind-body practitioners have been searching for.
  • The Doonya workout incorporates cardio and conditioning intervals of varying intensity, each activating major muscle groups of the abs, arms and legs.
  • POP Pilates is an incredible fusion of ab chiseling, total body defining moves choreographed to your favorite Top 40 hits.

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NAFC programs offer you specialized education in the fields of weight training, fitness assessment, lifestyle consultation, group instruction, and nutrition analysis. Whether you’re an NAFC-certified trainer, need Continued Education Credits (CECs), or simply want to acquire more knowledge and expertise in fitness, you can reach your goals by selecting from the following programs.

Learn assessment techniques for measuring cardiovascular endurance, muscular strength, endurance, flexibility and body composition. Practice applying these test results for individual program development and goal setting.

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Learn assessment techniques for measuring cardiovascular endurance, muscular strength, endurance, flexibility and body composition. Practice applying these test results for individual program development and goal setting.

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Learn basic anatomy, biomechanics and applying this knowledge in training settings for specific muscle groups. Guide clients in maximizing results while minimizing injury risk.

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pre-pilates-postural-assessment-moduleFoundations of Movement’ covers the principles and movement principles of the Pilates method along with the ‘Basic Exercise Movements’ that are the foundation of the method. The course provides a strong foundation for matwork training which is necessary to not only understand but to also teach Pilates exercise classes that can be introduced in group exercise, small group training and one-on-one training situations. This course offers an overview of the anatomy and physiology knowledge necessary to teach Pilates successfully.

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Scheduled Workshops
NAFC also offers workshops around the country, to help you develop core knowledge in a hands-on setting. View our full list of available courses and locations.

Pro-Fit Market
If you wanted to know how to maximize your income as a fitness professional, the Pro-Fit Market could help you. The Pro-Fit Market brings together professionals who will provide educational webinars and solutions to successful business techniques. The ProFit Market was developed as a Dues Free Association, designed specifically for you. In our commitment to support and promote professionals in the health and fitness industry, the NAFC has created a community of exclusive, strategic partners to pass along the goods and services you will find here. These offerings will give you key resources to become profitable in your business career. Click here to learn more.


NAFC offers the following continuing education related to aging, senior fitness, chronic disease, medical condition, and pre or postnatal care:

Fat Loss Fundamentals
Health & Wellness Certification
Lifestyle Assessment Program
Lifestyle Consultant Program
Nutrition Coach and Performance Nutrition Bundle
Nutrition Coach Foundations
Wellness Consultant Certification

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