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  Online Course 




The AFTA Youth/Adolescent Fitness Trainer (YAFT) online course is designed for training programs for youth and adolescents of ages 7 through 17.

With the obesity rate in youth and teens increasing in the United States, AFTA has compiled this program to teach the developmental process and how properly to train youth and teens in health, wellness, and fitness.

What are the requirements to enroll in the YAFT course?


You must be at least 18 years of age, not in high school, and physically able to work with and to monitor clients.  Adult experience (after the age of 18) with fitness equipment and exercises is recommended.

How does the online process actually work?

The online course includes information divided into sections.  After we receive the order, we will send 2 emails to you:  First, is the enrollment information, and Second, (after we receive the enrollment info) you will receive login information via email.  After you have logged into your course, all of the course material and exam will be available to you.   Where to seek assistance with the course, if needed, will be included in the course.

What subject content will I study?


Benefits of a Supervised Fitness/Physical Activity/Wellness Program


Physical Activity Components


The Youth/Adolescent Fitness Trainer


Basic Anatomy and Physiology




Program Guidelines


Special Considerations


Understanding Youth and Their Age Groups


Developmental Age Training


Methods of Fitness Testing


Physical Activities with Intensity Levels


Strength Training Guidelines and Programs


Group or Partner Physical Activities for Fun


Exercise Machines/Equipment


Exercise Substitutions


Cardio-respiratory Exercise


Unsuitable Exercises for Youth


Circuit Training Procedures and Programs


Reasons Youth Quit Physical Activities


Goal Setting


Basic Nutrition for the Trainer's Benefit


What will be included in the exam?

The exam will consist of short answers, fill in the blanks, multiple choice, true/false, and projects.  Required passing score is a minimum of 85.    

How long will it take to complete the course?

This will all depend on your prior knowledge and experience in the field.   Estimated time to complete the course is 4 - 6 weeks, but you have one full year from the date of enrollment.

Upon successful completion of the YAFT course, you will receive a certification packet in the mail within 2 weeks of your receiving notification of successful completion.    Course includes a DVD of strength and conditioning games, activities, and printable workouts and forms.  The DVD will be mailed after your certification packet has been sent.

How long will it take for me to know my exam score?

Your exam will be graded within 5 business days. You will then receive an email with your results.  A minimum score of 85 is required on the exam.   Your certification packet will be mailed within 2 weeks after a score of 85 is obtained.

If I do not want to use a credit card or e-check via PayPal, how do I mail my payment?

We accept mailed in orders with a US Postal money order or a business check from United States checking accounts only.   We no longer accept international money orders nor international bank drafts.  Access codes will not be emailed until checks have cleared (usually 5 - 7 business days.)

When you mail your  payment, please include the following information:  your full name, your mailing address, the name of your course, and your e-mail address.   Mailing address is AFTA, P.O. Box 253, Ripley, TN  38063.

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.   Just before the end of your first certification year, please go to

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 require this. We strongly recommend that all level trainers/instructors are trained in first aid/CPR.

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 (total of 6 people) ordering at one time.  Contact AFTA for additional partner prices. One of you will use one credit card to order the partner course.  Each of you can submit your separate exams on the same day or months apart.



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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 access information to the course. Check your email address given in the order and make sure it is correct.


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            Sales Tax applies to Tennessee residents


      YAFT online course  for 1 person  --  $174.99


      YAFT online course for 2 persons -- $254.99
      YAFT  online course for 3 persons --  $344.99
      YAFT  online course for 4 persons -- $429.99