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We want to help you pursue your passion for fitness and become an AFAA Certified Group Fitness Instructor. To get started, you must complete and pass AFAA’s NCCA-accredited Group Fitness Instructor certification exam.
There are two options for taking the exam:
Study Your Online Course Material
Pass Your Proctored,
Become an AFAA Certified
Group Fitness Instructor!
To Become an AFAA-CGFI, Candidates Must Meet the Following Eligibility Requirements:
Note: Purchase of AFAA certification preparation materials is not required in order to become eligible to sit for the Group Fitness Instructor exam, and does not guarantee a passing score on the exam.
For more information on preparing for your exam, visit our FAQs by clicking here.
There are different steps to scheduling your AFAA-GFI exam depending on whether you're taking the in-person exam at a proctoring location or online through a live remote proctor. Take a look at the steps below.
Note: If the country in which you are looking to schedule your exam is unavailable for registration online or over the phone through PSI, please contact AFAA Member Services at 1-800-446-2322 to start your registration process. Please allow 4-6 weeks for scheduling.
If you need to cancel or reschedule your online exam appointment, log in to the testing platform to do so. You can reschedule or cancel a booking no less than 24 hours before the exam start time.
If you need to cancel or reschedule your in-person exam appointment, call PSI at least 24 hours before the exam start time to avoid being charged a late cancellation fee. If you do not show for an exam appointment and you do not cancel, it will be treated as a failed attempt and you will not be entitled to a refund.
For more information on scheduling your exam, visit our FAQs by clicking here.
At the time of your test, you will be required to show proof of a valid, current, government-issued Photo ID and current, valid Emergency Cardiac Care (CPR) and Automated External Defibrillator (AED) certification.*
AFAA recognizes that due to the COVID-19 pandemic, there is very limited availability of hands on skills assessments for CPR/AED certifications. AFAA will be temporarily waiving the hands on skills assessment requirement and accepting online only CPR/AED courses. This waiver applies to exam candidates and professionals recertifying their credentials.
Please note: The online course must still include Adult CPR and AED.
For more information on taking your exam, visit our FAQs by clicking here.
Once you pass the exam, you will be able to print a temporary certificate from your Account Page after three to five business days. An official certificate will be mailed to you within 4-6 weeks of passing the exam.
If you do not pass the exam, call AFAA’s Member Services Department at 1-800-446-2322 to purchase a retest. Candidates who do not pass the certification exam on the first attempt will be allowed to retake the exam after a 1-week waiting period.
If the candidate is unsuccessful after the second attempt, he/she will be required to wait 30 days before retaking the exam. For each repeated failure after the 3rd attempt, candidates will be required to wait a year before attempting to take the exam again.
For more information on after taking your exam, visit our FAQs by clicking here.
If you are having trouble accessing this website or parts of it, please call 800-446-2322 or email [email protected] and we will provide you with assistance.