Aerobics & Fitness Association of America

Welcome to AFAA's local workshop directory page!

AFAA is the world's largest fitness and TeleFitness® educator. Since 1983, AFAA has issued over 350,000 certifications in 73 countries, including personal trainer certification and group exercise instructor certification (both available onsite at your facility and online Kickboxing certification and Step Certification are available onsite. AFAA also provides continuing education onsite and online with specialty workshops including Practical Pilates™, Practical Yoga Instructor Training, Indoor Cycling and KickBoxing. Additionally, AFAA is pleased to offer Live Online AFAA Approved Provider Workshops like Jillian Michaels - BODYSHRED, Arthritis Foundation Exercise Program, and Power Music | Group Rx RIP.

AFAA continues to pioneer new pathways of learning with our various online offerings including live online workshops with AFAA's patent-pending LQA System™ (Live Question and Answer System), on demand workshops available anytime day or night, and AFAA Approved Provider courses! Accredited by Vital Research for its certification exams, AFAA is additionally accredited by the Distance Education and Training Council (DETC) for all courses offered in AFAAÕs Distance Education Center (DEC). The DETC is listed as a nationally recognized accrediting agency by the U.S. Department of Education, and is a recognized member of the Council for Higher Education Accreditation (CHEA). This meets IHRSA's 2005 recommendation on accreditation for fitness certification organizations. AFAA is proud to be granted full status with the National Board of Fitness Examiners (NBFE), and to have membership in the Institute for Credentialing Excellence (ICE), formerly known as NOCA.

Please continue to read on and learn more about what AFAA has to offer.

Each year, health clubs and studios host over 3,000 educational workshops nationwide, and this directory has been designed to locate one nearest you. Please start your search by selecting the certification type in which you are interested, and then select the desired state and city as listed on the following pages. The system will then return a list of the 10 closest workshops to that location.

Please Click on the First Letter of the City You Wish To View.
Maine - Personal Trainer Certification
R S T U V W Y  


AFAA's Personal Trainer Certification is designed to equip those seeking to become Personal Trainers with the competencies needed to design safe and effective exercise programming for the apparently healthy population.

This fully accredited (both exam and program) and globally-recognized certification program concludes with a three-day certification workshop. Facilitated by an experienced and degreed fitness professional (BA/BS; MA/MS or PhD), the workshop will review and provide practical instruction in the following areas prior to the proctored administration of the included written and practical exams (both exams are included in the $499 workshop registration fee).

  • Anatomy and kinesiology
  • Fitness assessment testing procedures (3-minute step-test, sit-and-reach, push-up, abdominal crunch, and body composition screening with skin-fold caliper measurement)
  • Program Design
  • Nutrition fundamentals and weight management
  • Special populations and medical considerations
  • Listening, leadership, and motivational skills
  • Wellness programming and screening guidelines

Upon successful completion of the AFAA Personal Trainer Certification course, participants will be able to:

  • Design and implement an exercise program for specific client situations and goals (e.g. obesity, hypertension, muscle gain, sedentary, other), based on currently accepted industry protocols
  • Assess and deliver appropriate response(s) for safety matters such as injury prevention, preexisting conditions, and emergency response
  • Comprehend and integrate exercise science subject matter (i.e. physiology, nutrition, kinesiology, and more) at rest and during exercise
  • Facilitate triage protocol within initial and ongoing assessments, health risk analysis, and liability concerns
  • Define and describe program modifications for special populations (e.g. older adult, hypertension, diabetes, asthma, obesity, basic orthopedics, youth, pregnancy, and more).
  • Communicate using verbal/non-verbal, open-ended vs. close-ended questioning, and cueing techniques to motivate individuals regarding exercise
  • Incorporate professionalism in his/her practice by following the Code of Ethics and related legal guidelines

Depending on prior education or experience, AFAA recommends no less than 1-3 months of dedicated pre-study before attending the certification workshop. The following recommended materials are available at to help you successfully prepare:

  • Personal Fitness Training: Theory & Practice textbook ($69.00)
  • Study Guide (included with workshop registration; shipping additional)
  • Personal Fitness Trainer Online Prep Course ($149.00)
  • Telexercise® Resistance Training Online Course ($149.00)
  • Practice Test ($20.00)
  • Fitness Assessment DVD ($20.00)
  • Instructor-led Live Online Study Groups (see for details)


  • Possess Current CPR and AED Certification (proof must be received before AFAA PT Certification will be issued. Online or home study CPR/AED courses not accepted.)
  • Be at least 18 Years of Age
  • Early Registration
  • Pre-study
  • Weightroom/Weight Training Experience is Strongly Recommended (those with no prior experience are strongly advised to take the Telexercise® Resistance Training Online Course and/or the Personal Fitness Trainer Online Prep Course).


The workshop fee is $499† (less a 10% discount for current AFAA members. Corporate affiliate discounts may not be combined).

This fee includes:
  • Three-Day Certification Review and Practicum Workshop
  • Personal Trainer Certification Study Guide (shipping not included)
  • Written and Practical Certification Exams
  • One-year AFAA membership ($68 value) or membership extension to current members and a print or digital subscription to American Fitness magazine (does not include postage to addresses outside the U.S.)
  • AFAA Certified Personal Trainer certificate and I.D. card (upon successful completion of both written and practical examinations) CPR/AED certification required before certificate is issued.

AFAA certified professionals who wish to register only for CEU credit pay a workshop fee of $255. Receive 15 CEUs.

†Fee does not include the recommended Personal Fitness Training: Theory and Practice textbook (2010. $69 plus shipping), or the Practice Test for Personal Trainer Certification ($20).

With so many workshops available each month, we are confident you will find one near you. However, if you don't find something suitably close, AFAA also offers a variety of certifications and CEU workshops online.

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