International fitness
professionals association

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.


The International Fitness Professionals Association 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.

our vision...

To train individuals to become leaders in the fitness industry, in order to assist every person throughout the world in leading the health and fitness lifestyle.

OUR values...

Excellence & Leadership
Customer Service & Quality
Respect & Integrity
Passion & Innovation
Growth & Development
Diversity & Impact

We are one global family!

our commitment...

We are committed to supporting our trainers throughout their entire careers. Through safe and effective continuing education programs, unrivaled customer support and innovative resources, we are dedicated to cultivating the growth and development of our fitness professionals.

OUR education & certifications...

Convenient. Affordable. Accredited. Practical. We make the process of becoming a certified fitness professional straightforward and painless. Our easy-to-master, practical content, lays the foundation that launches our trainers into successful careers.

our accreditation...

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). The IFPA is also accredited by EREPS: European Register of Exercise Professionals which is regulated by EuropeActive. 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 of fitness for all people worldwide.

our history...

For over 20 years, the International Fitness Professionals Association (IFPA) has been committed to developing world class personal trainers and fitness professionals. We are dedicated to making a global impact by creating a higher quality of life for individuals worldwide. Since 1994, we have served the fitness community through our practical fitness education certifications and courses, while providing a lifelong career resource for the IFPA Family.

OUR affiliates...

Our international & national affiliates uphold the IFPA values and principles to the highest standard. Locate an IFPA Affiliate in your area or join our Affiliates Program and transform your city into a thriving fitness community.

candidate policies & procedures

When a candidate registers for a certification exam, it is understood that the following guidelines and standards will be upheld once the candidate becomes certified. Review the IFPA Purpose, Standards, Processes, Policies and Procedures.

ask dr. bell...

Ask Dr. Bell is the go-to resource for the latest in fitness news, articles and Q and A’s. Ask Dr. Bell your client consulting, personal training, exercise, nutrition, sports conditioning, sports medicine and special populations related questions.

pt of the month...

Each month we showcase an IFPA Trainer who embodies the IFPA Values and demonstrate exceptional leadership abilities. These exceptional trainers exceed industry standards and are role models in their communities.


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