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The International Fitness Professionals Association (IFPA) was founded in Palm Harbor, Florida in 1994. Dr. Bell and Dr. Dauphinais pioneered the first edition of the book on personal training, which is the foundation for all of our advanced certifications we have today.


To train individuals to become leaders in the fitness industry, to assist others worldwide in leading a healthy and fit lifestyle.


The International Fitness Professionals Association (IFPA) is devoted to offering the highest quality learning experiences to individuals aiming to improve their lifestyle, and those aiming to improve the lifestyles of others.  Our educational opportunities provide only the most practical and scientifically based health and fitness information that can be directly applied to "real life" experiences.


Accreditation is the process by which a credentialing or educational program is evaluated against defined standards and is awarded recognition if it is in compliance with those standards. The IFPA is accredited by NCCA: National Commission for Certifying Agencies (formerly known as NOCA, often referred to as ICE: Institute for Credentialing Excellence). All of our certifications including both the Personal Fitness Trainer Certification and all our Advanced and Specialized Certifications, are approved by the VA (Veterans Affairs).


Improving the quality of life in individuals around the world through education and certification is a collaborative effort.  We work closely with external stakeholders, subject matter experts and industry leaders through various programs and initiatives in order to promote the highest attainable level of health and fitness for all people worldwide.

Join our team of over 300,000 certified personal trainers and fitness professionals worldwide, who are passionate about health and fitness and dedicated to improving and maintaining the quality of life in others.