The American Academy of Personal Training (AAPT) is a private occupational school internationally recognized for its innovative approach to personal training education and the only personal training school in the northeast to offer federal financial aid.
AAPT’s hands-on curriculum combines equal amounts of classroom and practical instruction, conducted on-site with our experienced faculty. This style of learning enables students to develop confidence and aptitude in not only the science and business of personal training, but also in the everyday, practical aspects of the job.
In 2011, AAPT became the first US personal training school to achieve US Department of Education recognition as a nationally accredited institution and continues to lead the charge toward higher standards and better opportunities in fitness education.
The AAPT course of study is focused on preparing students to work one-on-one with clients in a variety of settings. Graduates have a solid foundation in exercise science, training adaptations, and exercise prescription that far exceeds current standards in the industry.
fulfilling student potential
At AAPT, our primary objective is to bring students to a level of competency that qualifies them for both initial employment and for sustained success and career advancement as fitness professionals. We strive to fulfill this objective by realizing the individual potential of each student in a supportive and challenging learning environment. To ensure the best possible mentorship, we have recruited a faculty team that has met both our rigorous academic and professional requirements as well as our equally rigorous passion requirements. Academy instructors are seasoned professionals who love to teach just as much as they love fitness.
regulatory oversight and memberships
Our success as a school is measured by the success of our graduates. Likewise, the needs of the fitness community determine the objectives for our curriculum. So how do we ensure that we’re doing a good job? In addition to the direct feedback we get from our students, alumni and employer network, these regulatory bodies help to keep us on track:
Council on Occupational Education
Accredits AAPT nationally as a school that meets the highest standard of quality in career and technical education; Reviews AAPT’s accreditation annually to assure those standards are maintained and the fitness industry’s growing need for highly trained professionals continues to be met.
Departments of Education
Institute for Credentialing Excellence (ICE)
Parent organization to the NCCA
Approves AAPT as a member of the credentialing and vocational training community. ICE’s accrediting division, the NCCA, provides the current standard for examination-based personal training certification (the NCCA does not evaluate or accredit educational programs or schools).
US Department of Education
Office of Federal Student Aid (FSA)
Responsible for the monitoring and oversight of AAPT’s participation with Title IV FSA programs, which provide AAPT students with access to subsidized and unsubsidized government student loans.
AAPT’s Occupational Advisory Committee (AAPT OAC)
Provides AAPT with industry-specific guidance to ensure that the school mission and coursework remain relevant and up-to-date according to current practices and standards in personal training.
AAPT’s Institutional Advisory Committee (AAPT IAC)
Provides AAPT with community-specific guidance to ensure that the school objectives are appropriate to meet the local employment needs of the community.
Better Business Bureau
Accredits AAPT as a business that demonstrates fair, honest, reliable, transparent and responsive business practices.