The IFPA (International Fitness Professionals Association) offers tons of certifications as well as more than 100 CE courses covering all aspects in the health, fitness, sports conditioning, nutrition and medical professionals areas.
IFPA certification carries not so much industry recognition especially for individuals which are “only” certified personal trainer (CPT) and do not own one or more advanced certifications like for example the Advanced Master Personal Fitness, Advanced Master Personal Trainer DL, Advanced Personal Fitness Trainer or the Elite Personal Fitness Trainer Education specializations.
What are the requirements?
You have to meet the following requirements to be able to take the IFPA certification exam:
How Much Does The IFPA Certification Cost?
IFPA Exam only, no study material provided:
Re-test Fee: $79.00
Includes: 200 questions (multiple-choice) proctored certification exam (mailed directly to proctor).
The IFPA certificate has to be renewed every 2 years at a cost of approx. $20 + $319 CEU…
The subject areas of the IFPA exam will cover the following topics:
Helpful Resources & Free Study Material:
A free DVD covering the basics of the Personal Trainer job, it’s not really material for preparing for the exam but helpful nonetheless, and since it’s free just go ahead and order it, you’ve got nothing to lose:
IFPA Free DVD
The Certificate Commission Bios:
Certification Commission Bios
The IFPA Candidate Handbook:
IFPA advertises their huge industry recognition, but in reality IFPA certification carries only little to medium recognition in the industry. Most gyms really do prefer NASM or NSCA certified trainers, that is the reality and I personally think it won’t change very soon…
IFPA exam might be good and all, and I know that IFPA is great for gaining theoretical knowledge, but there is a difference between practical knowledge and how it is taught (theoretically) at schools. This might be one of the factors why trainers with certifications from other organizations seem to have it easier, in my opinion IFPA material is heavily outdated and does not fit in todays time (books covering heavily outdated exercising machines etc).
Plus recertification is not uncomplicated with IFPA… I hear many trainers complain about how complicated IFPA makes it for their members to re-certificate…
So my personal verdict would be, that you should move on to our next certification review and decide between the biggest three organizations which would be NASM, ACSM or NCSA. In the long-run you will be much better off in all aspects, from getting a job, keeping a job and opportunities in your new job.
That doesn’t mean it’s not possible to find a good job as trainer in a good gym when certifying through IFPA, in the end it all comes down how good you personally are as a trainer and how good your knowledge is, but I tend to think why reinvent the wheel? Go with the flow, and the flow’s named NASM, NSCA or ACSM
You can continue here with our review of the NESTA: