AAPT’s curriculum is thorough, consisting of 48 hours of hands-on equipment training in New York. After completing our personal training course, you will be set apart in the fitness industry as an Expert Personal Trainer, ready to build your career helping people stay fit and healthy.
The AAPT curriculum is carefully designed to achieve a balance between scientific knowledge and physical discipline. Learn in-depth from a full program of 48 hours of training including program design and the business of personal training that will prepare you to develop a successful career and make the most of your physical training and personal commitment to each client.
There are important differences between an AAPT Personal Trainer Certificate and online certification. First and foremost, there is no substitute for hands-on experience. Learning online means learning on your own. AAPT offers 48 hours of in-person instruction and hands-on equipment training. Our instructors guide you through the material where you can ask questions and learn from other students.
There are many reputable personal trainer certification programs in the U.S. Leading organizations offering personal fitness training certification including the American Council on Exercise (ACE), the National Academy of Sports Medicine (NASM), the National Strength and Conditioning Association (NSCA), the American College of Sports Medicine (ACSM), and the National Federation of Personal Trainers (NFPT).
How do you know which certification is best? The short answer is that no one certification is necessarily the best—they each have their strengths and different areas of focus.
AAPT has partnered with NASM because of their solid reputation in the industry. NASM infuses the latest scientific research on human performance into their certifications, and they pioneered the Optimum Performance Training (OPT) method—the first science-based training system in the industry. NASM’s specializations include everything from competitive athlete training to rehabilitation to nutrition. AAPT is proud to partner with NASM, as we’re confident that NASM certification gives our students an edge in the arena of personal fitness training.
Note: AAPT course credits are transferable on a case-by-case basis.
Check with other educational institutions you are interested in attending to find out if they accept them.