AAPTE CPT-EFS Recertification Information

A. Purpose of Recertification

The purpose of recertification is to ensure the certificants commitment to professional development and to enhance their knowledge, skills and abilities as competent personal trainers. Recertification requires AAPTE certificants to stay current with professional standards and guidelines in the fitness industry. In turn, the personal trainer will be able to deliver programs to their clients that are safe, effective and motivational. The areas of professional development are reflective of the Job Analysis Study, relevant to knowledge, skill and abilities required of the Certified Personal Trainer – Exercise Fitness Specialist. To support the AAPTE’s commitment to ensure the proficiency of its certificants and protection of the public, the AAPTE credential must be renewed every two years. This ensures that AAPTE certified professionals are current in the best industry practices as described in the most recent Job Analysis Study.

B. Recertification Requirements and Timing

Certification is for a two (2) year period from the time certification is earned. Certifcant’s wishing to renew their certification must complete a minimum of fifteen (15.0) Continuing Education Credits (CECs) within the two (2) year certification period. A minimum of five (5) CECs must be obtained directly from the AAPTE. Upon AAPTE receiving the completed documentation and required fee for recertification, the AAPTE will renew the certificant’s credential.

To recertify you must maintain a copy of all CECs awarded by The AAPTE and or other CEC providers and any Petition Approval Notices. You will be required to submit all documentation online upon successful completion of fifteen (15) CEC’s. Candidates may renew their certification once they have obtained the required fifteen (15) CEC’s prior to the certification expiration date.

After successful completion of recertification the certificant will receive an email acknowledging the successful completion of the recertification process. Additionally, within six (6) weeks the certificant will receive a recertification packet and new wall certificate, via land mail.

C. Carrying Over CEC’s to the Next Certification Period

If the certificant accrues more than the required credits for recertification in a certification period, the additional credits may not be carried over to the following certification time period.

D. CPR-AED Certification

To recertify you must maintain current CPR-AED certification. Every time you recertify your CPR-AED, present a copy of the front and back of the card to the AAPTE Online credentialing does not meet the CPR-AED requirement.

E. Submitting for Recertification Renewal

Upon completing the required CEC's and before your certification expiration date, you may submit for recertification. For AAPTE CPT-EFS certification renewal all documentation will be uploaded and submitted to the AAPTE at www.aapte.org. This can be done by choosing the Ready to Recertify tab under the Recertification tab on the home page.

F. Notice of Recertification Denial

By failing to meet the recertification requirements, your application for recertification will be denied. In the event that the certificant's application is denied, he/she will receive notice from the AAPTE stating the reason for denial. The applicant will then have 30 days to resubmit their online application or appeal the recertification decision (see Recertification Appeals, Section N. page seven (7). If the required documentation or request for extension is not received within the thirty (30) days, the certification will become invalid and the applicant will be required to retake and pass the AAPTE CPT-EFS Examination to obtain new certification status from the AAPTE.

Reasons for denial:

• Documentation not submitted before the recertification expiration date

• Extension not requested prior to the certification renewal date

• Did not meet the required CECs

• No Petition Application and / or Approval for CECs obtained outside of the AAPTE was submitted

• Did not meet the minimum requirement of five (5) CECs obtained directly from the AAPTE

• Recertification fees not paid in full

• Valid Proof of CPR-AED not provided upon request (Online credentialing does not meet the CPR-AED requirement.)

G. CPT-EFS Recertification Application Truth of Information

By submitting a completed recertification form you attest to the truth and accuracy of the information you provided to the AAPTE. Additionally you attest to having a current CPR-AED Certification (online courses are not accepted.)

The AAPTE shall conduct random audits of its recertifying candidates. Upon request you must provide the AAPTE with the required supporting documents within ninety (90) days of the request. Supporting documentation includes: Proof of course work completion, letters of approved courses that were approved via petition process and CPR-AED card. Documentation must be land mailed to:

PO BOX 539
East Meadow, NY 11554

Failure to produce supporting documentation within the stated period will render your certification VOID. There will be no further consideration.

H. Six (6) Month Extension Option 

The AAPTE recognizes that there are circumstances that may render a certificant unable to accumulate the required number of CECs in the allotted timeframe. There is a six month extension option available for those that have not completed their required continuing education credits. You may obtain the extension by registering online on the AAPTE's recertification page. There is a fee of $85.00. The extension fee does not include the recertification fee due upon submission of Recertification Application. Certificant's must register online prior to their recertification expiration date. Upon AAPTE's receiving your online extension and payment, the AAPTE will grant the six (6) month extension.

Failure to acquire the necessary credits for recertification during the 6 month extension period will render the certificant's certification expired and the certificant will be required retake and pass the AAPTE CPT-EFS Exam to receive current certification status from the AAPTE.

I. Petitioning the AAPTE for CEC'S from other CEC Providers

E-Learning, Webinars, and Home Study Courses - Petition must include:

1. A course description clearly detailing the topic and content. Additionally an explanation of how the subject matter relates to the personal training profession.

2. A minimum of three learning objectives must be provided.

3. Each topic must be broken down into time segments. For example: Anatomy 1 hour, Physiology 1.5 hours, Nutrition 1.5 hours) Please include break time as well.

4. A copy of supporting materials must be submitted.

5. Presenters name, bio or resume (either must include credentials)

6. Petition submissions may be made at www.aapte.org and scroll over the Recertification tab.

In addition to the AAPTE you may obtain CEC credits by participating in course offerings given at Universities, Colleges, and workshops, seminars, or clinics, sponsored by other organizations. Credits are awarded based upon the type of program and whether or not the program continues and adds to your education based upon the knowledge required to attain your original certification.

All AAPTE CEC courses meet the aforementioned criteria. A maximum of 0.5 credits will be awarded for every contact hour. A maximum of 5.0 CEC's may be awarded per course meeting AAPTE criteria. Courses submitted for AAPTE CEC approval have a petitioning review fee of fifteen dollars ($15) per submission. This fee schedule applies per submission. A maximum of 5 CECs may be awarded per course meeting AAPTE criteria. Contact hours are instructional and do not include registration, breaks or lunch hours, or test / exams. When petitioning conferences or conventions consisting of multiple workshops, and, or seminars, list each session separately. A maximum of five (5) CEC's may be awarded per one day conference / convention. The petition fee is non-refundable and does not guarantee that credits will be awarded. Course work submitted for approval must have:

1. Confirmation of attendance

2. Complete course description

3. Breakdown of lecture and hands-on portions in terms of total time

4. Instructor Bio

5. Total classroom participation time

Submitted information will be evaluated based on curriculum, educational hours, course format, relevance, and enhancement to your certification. Certificant's are advised to obtain approval from the AAPTE., prior to taking courses outside of the AAPTE. Please allow up
to 10 business days from the date of submission or a response. NOTE: Sending incomplete information may result in the increase of response time. Plan Ahead! Please submit your CEC Petitions early to ensure sufficient time to receive a response prior to your certification renewal date.

J. College / University Courses That May be Accepted 

Each college course credit is equal to 1.25 AAPTE CECs, with a maximum of 5.0 CEC per course. See petitioning
procedures letter H.

Human Anatomy and Physiology


Human Biology

Sports Psychology

Exercise Physiology

Biomechanics / Kinesiology


Sports Medicine


K. Not Approved for CECs 

The AAPTE will not provide CEC's for certification exams.

L. Petition Notice of Acceptance or Denial 

The AAPTE CPT-EFS certificant will be contacted via email announcing the outcome of the petition in approximately ten (10) business days after the receipt of petition application. Approval notices must be maintained by the candidate and copies submitted with recertification

M. CEC Petition Denial Appeals Process

Certificants who are denied a petitioned CEC course may wish to appeal the decision and may do so within thirty (30) days of notice of denial. Appeals requests must be made in writing to the AAPTE Petition Appeals Committee and include any documentation that would substantiate the appeal. Appeals are subject to an administrative fee of $30.00 per course and will be submitted to the Certification Appeals Committee for review. The Certification Appeals Committee is comprised of three (3) certified professional representatives and will meet via phone, in person, or electronic means. This process requires up to sixty (60) days. All decisions made by the Certification Appeals Committee are final and cannot be appealed again.

N. Certification Appeals Committee

The Certification Appeals Committee is a non-standing committee, formed upon necessity and governed by the AAPTE CPT- EFS Policies and Procedures for standards and procedures of meetings. A majority vote is necessary for denial or approval of an appeal. All decisions
made by the Certification Appeals Committee are final and cannot be appealed again.

O. Requests for Continuing Education Credit Audit

Certificant's requesting a search of CECs completed within a recertification period will be required to pay a $65 audit fee to the AAPTE. Requests, along with the audit fee may be mailed to:

AAPTE CEC Credit Audit
P.O. Box 539
East Meadow, New York, 11554

The request must include the certificants name, address, email address and phone number. Incomplete information will result in the audit not being completed. The certificant will receive a response by email within ten (10) business days of receipt.