Education Directory

The number of of certification and course options available to fit pros these days is crazy! And we know searching Google can be overwhelming. This is why we’re creating an (unbiased) comprehensive Education Directory just for group fitness education. In fact, all course descriptions are adapted directly from the individual company website (so don’t judge us on how they’re written!).

The directory serves as your starting point to understand all the different companies and courses. Use the list to become familiar with the offerings and then make informed choices about which courses offer the most comprehensive educational experience to ensure you teach safe and effective classes. Do your research and get certified with the companies that meet your personal goals and philosophies.

Here we showcase Primary Group Fitness Certifications.

A Little about Primary Group Fitness Certifications…

Fitness is an unregulated industry. NCCA credentials and USREPS affiliations are the closest we currently have to setting any standards for educational requirements for instructors and trainers.

While you can teach a specialty class without a primary certification, GXunited recommends all group fitness instructors complete an NCCA accredited Primary Group Fitness Certification prior to teaching any class. This ensures you’ve got the foundations in exercise science, anatomy, and physiology to lead safe and effective classes.

NCCA Certifications

NCCA Accreditation

The following companies offer NCCA Accredited Primary Group Fitness Certifications.

American Council on Exercise (ACE) | Group Fitness Instructor Certification

The ACE Group Fitness Instructor Certification will give you the knowledge to design and teach any class better, lead all fitness levels more effectively, and deliver experiences your participants will never forget.


Athletics and Fitness Association of America (AFAA) | Group Exercise Instructor Certification

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.


National Exercise Trainers Association (NETA) | Primary Group Fitness Certification

Created for those interested primarily in leading exercise in a group setting, NETA’s Group Exercise Instructor Certification is one of only three in America that have earned NCCA accreditation. Our curriculum is continuously updated to keep you on the cutting edge of the fitness industry, promote safe and effective teaching strategies, and help you develop the critical skills required to become an effective group exercise instructor.


Unaccredited Certifications

Unaccredited Certifications

The following companies offer unaccredited Primary Group Fitness Certifications.

AAAI-ISMA | Primary Aerobic Instructor Certification

The AAAI-ISMA Primary Aerobics (Group Fitness) Instructor Certification is designed to help participants understand knowledge as it pertains to the teaching of group based exercise classes. Participants will review: proper group fitness components (warm up, aerobic exercise, flexibility exercise, strength exercise, cool down), utilization of the F.I.T.T. principle, proper biomechanics, safety, heart rate training techniques, anatomy, and training principles. Also, reviewed during the course is group fitness teaching strategies and the incorporation of music, tempo, cueing technique, safe transitional movements, and rhythm.


American College of Sports Medicine (ACSM) | Certified Group Exercise Instructor Certification

ACSM Certified Group Exercise Instructors (GEI) are familiar and flexible with various exercise techniques, and can supervise participants or lead instructional sessions.


American Fitness Professionals & Associates (AFPA) | Group Exercise Instructor Certification

Designed to teach those that are looking to instruct group fitness oriented classes – aerobics, bootcamp, sport conditioning, step, circuit, muscle conditioning, interval and other group exercise modalities.


Interactive Fitness Trainers of America (IFTA) | Group Exercise Certification

IFTA is a certification and continuing education company established to provide potential instructors with the basic education and practical skills necessary to become qualified fitness leaders.


National Association for Fitness Certification (NAFC) | Group Fitness Instructor Certification

With our Group Fitness program, learn to choose and include music to make your classes exciting! Learn the benefits of aerobic training, choreography techniques and cueing/teaching skills. You will also learn about pre-choreographed aerobic fitness programs and the newest trends in group aerobic fitness.


National Fitness Professionals Association (NFPA) | Group Fitness Instructor Certification

Learn techniques in choreography, class development, teaching skills, as well as exercise science, kinesiology, and sports nutrition. Develop the skills in designing and implementing exercise programs for all fitness levels, while learning the communication skills, leadership and motivational instruction needed to be a successful Instructor.


International Sports Conditioning Association (ISCA) | Group Exercise Instructor Certification

This certification course is specifically designed to help fitness professionals develop the necessary knowledge and skills to become a successful group exercise instructor. Course content includes both theoretical and practical information including exercise principles and guidelines, program design, safety, and training techniques in the areas of instruction, cueing, the use of music, and choreography. The training includes hands-on practical sessions to practice leadership and instructional skills, and requires passing a written exam to receive ISCA Group Exercise Instructor Certification.


SCW Fitness Education | Group Exercise Instructor Certification

This course provides the perfect blend of practical and theoretical teaching techniques for those who desire to become successful Group Exercise Instructors.


World Instructor Training Schools (WITS) | Group Fitness Instructor Certification

Experience a comprehensive group fitness exercise course like no other! Whether you choose the 6 or 9 weeks of LIVE intensive training, this unique program will help you to develop skills for leading a group exercise class. The program will include lecture that encompasses learning essential aspects of the human body and their effects from exercise. The live hands on in-person practical lab demonstrations will bring to life the qualities of a good, safe group exercise leader. Upon completion of this course, you will be provided with a National Group Fitness Certification Level 1. Even more, this certification can help your career, add variety to clients, and increase your value and ultimately your income. Furthermore, this certification will enable you to provide clients with variety in their exercise routines, in addition to increasing your value and marketability in the field, which will increase your income. As a result of these features, this course is all about active participation.


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