Aerobics & Fitness Association of America

Primary Group Exercise Certification

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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 local facilities and online at www.afaa.com).

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.

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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Scheduled Primary Group Exercise Certification Workshops For CHARLOTTE, North Carolina
CHARLOTTE, North Carolina Primary Group Exercise Certification Class Information

PRIMARY GROUP EXERCISE CERTIFICATION

WHAT IS IT?

AFAA’s Primary Group Exercise Certification is designed to equip those seeking to become certified as group exercise instructors with the competencies needed to design safe and effective group exercise programming for the general healthy population.

This gold standard, fully-accredited (both exam and program) and globally recognized certification course is appropriate for instructors who teach free-form and/or pre-choreographed programs.

The following topics are covered in advance of the included one-day certification review and practicum workshop:

  • Basic Anatomy, Kinesiology, Biomechanics and Exercise Physiology
  • Nutrition and Weight Management
  • Group Exercise Program Design
  • Essentials of Teaching (Basic Exercise Standards & Guidelines, Motivation, Choreography, Cueing, etc.)
  • Exercise- selection, technique, alignment and performance with or without equipment
  • Injury Prevention, Emergency Response and Special Populations
  • Other Modalities (Aqua Fitness, Indoor Cycling, Dance Fitness, Step, etc.)
  • Business Skills and Legal Responsibilities (Substitute teaching, Law and Exercise)
The certification review and practicum workshop is designed to allow participants to review and apply what they’ve learned prior to taking the written and practical examinations towards the conclusion of the workshop. (Both exams are included in the $299 workshop registration fee).

Upon successful completion of the AFAA Primary Group Exercise certification course, participants will be able to:

  • Apply the principles of anatomy, exercise physiology, nutrition and kinesiology to the design and delivery of group exercise classes.
  • Formulate the appropriate response(s) for safety issues such as injury prevention, preexisting conditions, special populations, and emergency response protocol in a group exercise setting.
  • Outline and appropriately apply the AFAA fitness training recommendations according to the Basic Exercise Standards and Guidelines in group program formats.
  • State and appropriately apply the AFAA 5 Questions when evaluating exercise selection and technique.
  • Integrate the areas of instructional technique, cueing, music usage, exercise sequencing and choreography within a free-form or pre-choreographed group exercise class setting.
  • 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 afaa.com to help you successfully prepare:
  • Fitness: Theory & Practice (2010) textbook ($69.00)
  • Study Guide (included with workshop registration)
  • Group Exercise: The Practical Way® Workshop (practical skills development workshop. Offered online or onsite; $129)
  • Group Exercise Essentials: Knowledge, Skills & Abilities (online course; $149)
  • Primary Group Exercise Online Tutorial
  • Music Essentials for Group Exercise ($45.00)
  • Practice Test ($20.00)
  • The Practical Way DVD ($20.00)
  • Instructor-led Live Online Study Groups (see afaa.com for details)

ELIGIBILITY REQUIREMENTS & PREREQUISITES:

  • Possess Current CPR and AED Certification. (Proof must be received before certification will be issued. Online or home study CPR courses not accepted.)
  • Be at least 18 Years of Age
  • Early Registration
  • Pre-Study
  • Prior Group Exercise Experience Recommended (those with no prior experience are strongly advised to take the Group Exercise: The Practical Way® workshop or complete the Group Exercise Essentials: Knowledge, Skills and Abilities online course prior to registering for a certification workshop).
WHAT DOES IT COST?

The workshop fee is $299† (less a 10% discount for current AFAA members. Corporate affiliate discounts may not be combined).

This fee includes:

  • One-Day Certification Review and Practicum Workshop
  • Primary Group Exercise 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 instructor certificate and I.D. card (upon successful completion of both written and practical examinations). CPR/AED certification required before certificate is issued.
  • 5 CEUs for AFAA certified instructors
  • If you have a disability and require special accommodations at an AFAA workshop, please call 800-446-2322 x213 in advance

AFAA certified professionals who wish to register only for CEU credit pay a workshop fee of $85. Receive 5 CEUs.

†Fee does not include the recommended Fitness: Theory and Practice textbook (2010. $69 plus shipping), or the practice test for Primary Group Exercise Certification ($20).


The following list is a guide to certifications that are close to CHARLOTTE. Please note that these dates and events may change due to weather and other factors, so please be sure to check our updated workshop locator for the latest information. For more general information about AFAA's programs and services, please visit our home page at www.afaa.com.

10 Closest Scheduled Workshops to 28201
Workshop Location
Personal Trainer Certification v4
1/16/2015
(7 miles) JOHNSON C. SMITH UNIVERSITY HEALTHPLEX
100 BEATTIES FORD RD
CHARLOTTE, NC 28216
Personal Trainer Certification v4
11/21/2014
(13.2 miles) LEROY SPRINGS RECREATIONAL CENTER
971 TOM HALL ST.
FORT MILL, SC 29715
Personal Trainer Certification v4
11/21/2014
(13.2 miles) LEROY SPRINGS RECREATIONAL CENTER
971 TOM HALL ST.
FORT MILL, SC 29715
Primary Group Exercise Cert. v4
11/1/2014
(23.5 miles) WINTHROP UNIVERSITY
900 OAKLAND AVE.
ROCK HILL, SC 29733
Primary Group Exercise Cert. v4
11/1/2014
(23.5 miles) WINTHROP UNIVERSITY
900 OAKLAND AVE.
ROCK HILL, SC 29733
Primary Group Exercise Cert. v4
11/22/2014
(39.1 miles) DOVER FOUNDATION YMCA
411 CHERRYVILLE RD.
SHELBY, NC 28150
Primary Group Exercise Cert. v4
11/22/2014
(39.1 miles) DOVER FOUNDATION YMCA
411 CHERRYVILLE RD.
SHELBY, NC 28150
Personal Trainer Certification v4
11/7/2014
(46.8 miles) HIGHLAND RECREATION CENTER
1451 8TH STREET DR. NE
HICKORY, NC 28601
Personal Trainer Certification v4
11/7/2014
(46.8 miles) HIGHLAND RECREATION CENTER
1451 8TH STREET DR. NE
HICKORY, NC 28601
Primary Group Exercise Cert. v4
1/31/2015
(68.9 miles) SENIOR ENRICHMENT CENTER COUNTY OF MOORE
8040 US HWY 15 501
WEST END, NC 27376

CHARLOTTE, North Carolina Primary Group Exercise Certification Registration
To find the upcoming Primary Group Exercise Certification workshops in the CHARLOTTE area, please access AFAA’s certification and workshop locator service and enter your zip code and certification or workshop.

Useful information about CHARLOTTE, North Carolina:
City Name: CHARLOTTE
Population: 646,830
Number of Households: 273,438
Male Population: 317,384
Female Population: 329,446

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