Frequently Asked Questions


Is AAPT accredited by the NCCA? Does a personal fitness training school have to be?

No. AAPT is not accredited by the NCCA and a personal training school doesn’t have to be.

The NCCA evaluates exam-based certifications only

Including online certifications like NASM and ACE, to make sure their testing methods are valid and fair.

Why should I spend $1000 at AAPT when I can get an accredited certification online for a lot less?

Accredited or not, an online or exam certification is still just a test. There will be study guides and textbooks to read in order to prepare for the exam, but you will not get a hands-on education, opportunity to ask an instructor questions or practical experience.

AAPT offers a complete education, which includes both classroom study and practical hands-on training. Our instructors and evolving curriculum prepare and equip students with the knowledge and experience to be safe, effective, and successful personal trainers – something an online exam certification cannot and does not offer. Personal trainers who have graduated from AAPT tend to get hired quicker, build a sustaining client base faster, and have higher long-term earning potential than trainers without the educational foundation and career support provided by AAPT. Choosing to attend AAPT is an investment in a successful and lasting personal training career.

How does AAPT differ from other personal trainer certification schools?

We are trailblazers – a passionate group of fitness professionals, paving the way for higher standards and better educational options for the industry’s next generation of personal trainers. We know that in order to achieve lasting success in the increasingly competitive training market, a focused educational foundation is essential.

Here are some things that set AAPT apart.

AAPT is:

  • 100% on-site, instructional, and hands-on
  • fewer locations and smaller class sizes
  • privately owned and operated
  • personalized experience and individual attention higher faculty standards resulting in better mentorship structured lesson-planning – every classroom minute is value-packed
  • industry-relevant course content
  • continually current with latest technologies and best practices
  • customized career guidance and real industry networking. AAPT’s placement rate was 81% from 2012-2013

AAPT is not:

  • a “quick cert”
  • an overpriced exam
  • an online course
  • an exam-prep course
  • a degree program
  • a franchise
  • NCCA-accredited (this standard is for exam-based certifications only)
  • a “work out while you’re in class” program – every hour is an instructional hour – no fluff allowed

Tuition and Expenses

Do I need to buy textbooks?

AAPT students are not required to buy textbooks. We provide all students with the textbooks used during the course but they must be returned at the end of the course in good condition. Students interested in purchasing their own copies of the textbooks can do so, either through AAPT or through the external source of their choosing.

Is financial aid available?

Not at this time. AAPT has a very low fee for 48 hours of practical hands-on mentoring:

Curriculum and Course Requirements

How often are classes offered?

AAPT offers a variety of class schedules throughout the year. Full-time and part-time, day, evening, night and weekend classes are available year-round. Please contact us for our class schedules for more detailed and up-to-date information.

Does AAPT teach group fitness, yoga, or other specialty training techniques?

Within the core curriculum offered at AAPT, we incorporate the majority of practices, hands-on experience, and science behind group training. We also cover a baseline level of knowledge around various specialized training methodologies. Specialty techniques like yoga, spinning, Pilates, BodyPump, etc. generally require additional training and certification beyond what is covered at AAPT.

How do I graduate from AAPT? Do I need to take a test at the end to become a personal trainer?

In order to earn a certificate from AAPT, students must fulfill the course attendance and participation requirements, and be in good financial standing with the school. All tests are conducted separately from AAPT through NASM or other certification entities you may choose.

After Graduation

Does AAPT offer job placement assistance?

Yes, absolutely. AAPT maintains an exceptionally high job placement rate – 86.3% in 2014-2015 – with graduates working throughout the United States and internationally. Our goal at AAPT is to send highly skilled and knowledgeable professional trainers into the industry, so we take our role in job placement assistance very seriously. Through individual career guidance, and employer networking, we strive to ensure that AAPT graduates have ample opportunity for placement into fulfilling and engaging positions. Even years after graduation, we like to stay in touch with our graduates in order to provide ongoing career support whenever needed. Nothing makes us happier than seeing our graduates succeed!

Where do AAPT graduates typically work?

Most of our graduates are employed in gyms, health clubs, group fitness facilities, athletic training facilities, private studios, corporate wellness centers, boot camps, and/or contracted independently. Geographically, we have graduates working across the globe, from New York to San Diego to Rome. As an AAPT graduate, we want you to think of the world as your oyster, and it is our job to help you discover personal training opportunities wherever you land.

How much do personal trainers earn?

Income can vary significantly based on location and whether the personal trainer is self-employed or on staff at a health club, gym, fitness center, etc.