Get Your Online Personal Trainer Certification in 2022

The American Fitness and Nutrition Academy first opened its doors in Santa Barbara, California in June 2009. By 2011, we operated three branches: Our original location in Santa Barbara, a second branch in Orange County, and our current main campus in Pasadena, California.

By 2013 we gathered up all our operations under one roof – the Pasadena main campus – and became a nationally accredited vocational institute. Finally today, with the introduction of our 100% online interactive distance learning program for Fitness and Nutrition Trainers, we are privileged to serve ALL of California, both fitness students and fitness employers alike. 

Complete your courses in anatomy, kinesiology, exercise science and nutrition – with over 150 hours of hands-on physical fitness training and technique.

Oustanding completion and job placement rates – New start dates every month with both day class and evening class options. Schedule a pre-enrollment orientation to tour our state-of-the-art fitness facility and receive a financial aid benefits consultation.

Needs-based scholarships available to applicants who qualify.

7 Reasons to Get Your Online Physical Trainer Certification at AFNA

Male fitness instructor sitting on exercise mat at gym and making vlog explaining how to workout with kettlebells and dumbbells.

1. Career Tuition Value

We match the value of your education to your first-year earning potential. Therefore, you never pay too much.

2. Choose Classes on Campus, Online, or Both

Some students prefer 100% campus-based classes, while others like the convenience of online training. In short, with AFNA, the choice is yours.

3. Expert Instruction

Our patient instructors all have degrees in the field and practical experience. In other words, each chosen carefully for their teaching talent.

4. Nutrition Certification for Every Program

Most importantly, nutrition is in our name, therefore, you’ll get 60+ hours of dedicated nutrition curriculum no matter what program you enroll in.

5. Career Placement Focus

We design everything we do from your education to resumé-building, to one-on-one career counseling. Above all, we have one thing in mind: Your job placement in the field.

6. Elite Certification

Get a head start becoming a personal trainer in the USA’s $34 Billion Fitness Industry with our elite certification. Join the winning team with industry-best ACSM Certified Personal Trainer credentials and AFNA’s Fitness and Nutrition Trainer Diploma. American Heart Association CPR/AED also included.

7. Financial Aid and Scholarships Available

Use your Pell Grant, Federal Student Loans, and GI Bill benefits to cover the cost of tuition as well as your living expenses while you go to school and train for fitness. Our experienced financial assistance team will help you choose the solution that’s right for you. In addition, AFNA offers in-house scholarships to all domestic students with financial need.

Get started with your fitness education today. Stay fit and exercise through AFNA’s outstanding online fitness lab instruction. Finally, be ready for exciting opportunities in a fresh and revitalized fitness industry!

AFNA's personal trainer program is  Nationally accredited.
Nationally Accredited
AFNA's personal trainer program is  California state licensed.
California State Licensed
AFNA's personal trainer program is  partnered with the American College of Sport Medicine.
Academic Partner

What our students say

Online Personal Trainer Certification on campus, online or both.

AFNA is not a self-study program or just an online school. Your classes are taught by attentive, charismatic instructors who possess top industry credentials and years of experience in the fitness profession.

Our focused personal trainer classes, combined with instructor-supervised hands-on exercise training, prepare you for success like no other personal trainer program can.

Personal trainer ACSM certificate

Elite Personal Trainer ACSM Certification

Along with your AFNA Diploma for Fitness and Nutrition Training, your program includes the ACSM Certified Personal Trainer Exam, the most prestigious and widely recognized personal trainer certification.

Established in 1954, the American College of Sports Medicine is the largest sports medicine and exercise science organization in the world. You will be learning from the same curriculum that is taught at over 90% of the nation’s university-level exercise science programs.

Stand apart at the top of your field with AFNA and the ACSM!