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IFPA PFT Certification Renewal

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.

  1. Obtain 12 CEUs within allotted time-frame. It is mandatory that 6 credits come from  IFPA Certifications or IFPA Continuing Education Courses.

  2. Document CEUs on CEU Report Form (see below) and make a copy of certificate of attendance or other proof of completion for these CEUs.

  3. Submit documentation with CEU Report Form along with the appropriate fees prior to the expiration of your certification.

  4. Maintain copies and documentation of your CEU report form and submitted CEUs.

  5. Allow 4 to 6 weeks to receive your renewed certification.

  6. 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.

Check out the IFPA Continuing Education Courses (CECs) for affordable and convenient opportunities to complete continuing education at home.

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