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The AFAA® CGFI certification is proudly accredited by the National Commission for Certifying Agencies (NCCA). The NCCA is a nationally recognized third party agency that accredits certification programs which are able to meet and comply with its standards.

The mission of NCCA is to help ensure the health, welfare, and safety of the public through the accreditation of certification programs that assess professional competence. Its purpose is to provide the public and other stakeholders the means by which to identify certification programs that serve their competency assurance needs in a profession.

Note: Purchase of AFAA certification preparation materials is not required in order to become eligible to sit for the CGFI exam, and does not guarantee a passing score on the exam.


The AFAA-CGFI and NASM-CPT programs are governed by a Board of eight persons that set policies for the certification and recertification processes and act on violations of the Testing Code of Code and Professional Code of Conduct. Occasionally there are openings on this governing board for persons who would like to be involved in this process. For more information on the functions of this board, a listing of the current members, and the application process to be considered for a vacancy, please click here.


AFAA and its designated test vendors do not discriminate against any individual because of age, disability, gender, national origin, race, religion, sexual orientation, veteran status or any other protected class. AFAA and its designated test vendors endorse and adhere to the principles of equal opportunity.