How To Renew Your IFPA Certification:
Like any professional certification, the
IFPA certifications require a certain minimum standard of maintenance in order
to ensure that IFPA certified instructors are staying on top of the latest
information within fitness. For
this reason, the IFPA requires ongoing education in order to renew and
maintain your certification.
Continuing education plays a vital role in
the quality of any profession. Fitness
is no different. We are
constantly bombarded with the ‘new’ and ‘better’ diet and exercise
plan. As professionals we need to
work hard to ensure that we make sound judgments in all our health, fitness,
and nutrition decisions and recommendations.
Certified Instructors are required to
obtain 12 Continuing Education Units (CEUs) prior to the end of the two year
period of certification. This
is designated by the expiration date on your certificate and membership
card. When the certificate comes up for renewal, the certified
individual is required to submit all relevant information pertaining to
CEU credits obtained. Once approved and submitted with the appropriate
fees, the individual will be granted a new certificate that will expire
one year after the initial expiration date. CEU credits must be
obtained during the time period in which the original certification was
valid. CEUs above the required minimum may NOT be applied to a future
certification period. Future renewals of the certification will require
obtaining 12 CEUs per year.
Please note, presenting CEU information for recertification is the responsibility of
the individual certified. To
renew one’s certification all necessary documents must be submitted to the
IFPA prior to the expiration of the certification. In effect as of 8-1-05 an additional fee of $20
will be charged when submitting outside source material for CEUs with each CEU
renewal report form.
The following is an overview of the CEU process.
- Obtain 12 CEUs within allotted time-frame. It is mandatory that 6 credits come
from IFPA Certifications or IFPA Continuing Education Courses.
- Document CEUs on CEU Report Form (see below) and make a copy of certificate
of attendance or other proof of completion for these CEUs.
- Submit documentation with CEU Report Form along with the
appropriate fees prior to the expiration of your certification.
- Maintain copies and documentation of your CEU report
form and submitted CEUs.
- Allow 4 to 6 weeks to receive your renewed certification.
- Doing an additional certification will renew your Personal Fitness Trainer or other certification(s) for 2
years from the current expiration date. Turning in CEU’s will renew current certifications for only 1 year
from the current expiration date.
out the IFPA Continuing Education Courses (CECs) for affordable and
convenient opportunities to complete continuing education at home.
For more information and the appropriate documentation form(s), download the
following PDF files: