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Group Exercise Instructor home study course is designed for training programs in Aerobics, High-Low Impact, Step Training, Kickboxing, Hip-Hop,  and more.

Enrollment Requirements:

You must be at least 20 years of age.  You must be physically able to work with and to monitor clients.  Good experience with fitness equipment and exercises is required.

Course Content:


Components of group exercise instruction


How to instruct a group exercise class


Guidelines in cardiorespiratory training, muscular conditioning, strength training, and flexibility


How to teach the various skills in aerobics, step training, kickboxing, indoor cycling, hip-hop, basic yoga and pilates, and other skills.


How to complete and use evaluation forms and questionnaires

The course includes a textbook with a DVD of group exercise demonstrations.  Each enrollee receives a textbook that includes a DVD.  Since the DVD includes a menu selection, you can also use it in class to help introduce the exercises.   

The Exam:

Your exam and its instructions will be included in your course shipment.  You will be required to submit evidence of 2 specific group exercise sessions you have taught by providing either photos or a CD.    The written portion of the exam consists of short answers, fill in the blanks, multiple choice, true/false, and a short essay.  Minimum passing score if 85.  Your exam will be graded within 5 business days of our receiving it.  We will email your results.  If you are enrolled in the partner program, each partner will submit his/her own individual written exam and proof of instructed classes.   For partner programs, each of you can submit the exams the same day or months apart.  You have one full year from the date of enrollment to submit your exam. 

How long will it take to complete the course?

This will all depend on your prior knowledge,  experience in the field, and the time needed to instruct a group class. 


Upon successful completion of the course, we will mail your certification packet in 2 - 3 weeks.   After the packet has been mailed, we will send you 2 DVDs or videos for use in teaching your classes.

How do I order the course?

You can use your credit card or an e-check below through PayPal.  We also accept mailed in orders with a US Postal or Western Union money order or a business check from United States checking accounts only.   We only ship outside the US to US military personnel and to Canada.  Materials will not be shipped until checks have cleared (usually 5 - 7 business days). 

To mail your payment: send it to AFTA, P.O. Box 253, Ripley, TN 38063.  Include the following information: your full name, your mailing address, the name of your course, and your e-mail address.  

How much extra will it cost me to retake the exam if I do not receive the minimum 85% passing score the first time?

AFTA allows you to retake the exam one time  within the 12 month period without any additional fee.

Do I have to renew my certification?

Yes, you will renew your certification every two years with approved CECs. Many insurance companies and fitness centers are requiring fitness recertifications for continued liability coverage. 

Do I have to have first aid and/or CPR training for this certification?

AFTA does not require proof of a current first aid/CPR certificate of completion, but your employer will probably require this. We strongly recommend that all trainers/instructors are trained in first aid/CPR prior to working as a trainer/instructor.

How do I order the course? Do you offer discounts if I have someone who wants to enroll with me?

Yes, we offer discounts for up to 5 partners ordering at one time. One of you will use one credit card to order the partner course.  Each person receives his/her own textbook with CD.




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    Please monitor your emails for the 2 emails we'll send after you order!  The first one is for enrollment information and the 2nd one is your shipping information. Check your email address given in the order and make sure it is correct.


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                         Sales Tax applies to Tennessee residents

1 Person Group Exercise course   -    $274.99


2 Person Group Exercise course     -     $394.99


3 Person Group Exercise course      -     $499.99


4 Person Group Exercise course      -     $594.99


5 Person Group Exercise course     -     $694.99