Founded in 1996, the Academy of Applied Personal Training Education is an education, certification and continuing education organization that provides comprehensive, practical, science based education and nationally accredited certification for aspiring and accomplished fitness professionals.

In 2009, the Academy of Applied Personal Training Education was granted national accreditation by the National Commission for Certifying Agencies (NCCA — http://www.credentialingexcellence.org) for our Personal Trainer - Exercise Fitness Specialist Credential.

The NCCA is an independent non-governmental agency that accredits certifications in a variety of professions, including nursing and athletic training. NCCA reviews the certification organization's procedures, protocols and operations, and determines if the certification properly discriminates between those who are qualified and those who are not qualified to be awarded the respective credential. With several hundred personal training, fitness related certification available to the public the NCCA accreditation clearly distinguishes the AAPTE Personal Trainer - Exercise Fitness Specialist Certification from others. The International Health, Racquet and Sportsclub Association (IHRSA) and Medical Fitness Association (MFA) both recommend that club owners and medical fitness facility operators only hire fitness professionals with certifications from agencies accredited through NCCA or an equivalent accrediting organization.

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