With Covid 19, online learning is now better than ever! To see how you can get 100% certified in your home, click the button below to see our NAFC Personal Trainer Home Study Certification option.



Become certified in an industry that you love! The NAFC Certified Personal Training Program was developed from a passion to ‘build a better trainer’ by combining results-driven science with advanced practical application. By perfecting these two disciplines, NAFC trainers become empowered to safely and successfully lead clients toward better health & improved quality of life.


The NAFC Certified Personal Training program is for anybody looking to begin a career in the fitness industry dealing with clients on a one to one basis, or for anybody looking to discover for themselves the most up to date, and comprehensive fitness knowledge to help with their own exercise programs, or to share with friends and family. Many gyms, fitness centres, and community centres demand an internationally recognised fitness certification to work within them, and the NAFC is an excellent starting resource. 

  • Individuals looking to start a career within the fitness industry.

  • Individuals looking to increase their own knowledge of exercise and training.

  • Individuals looking to become credible within the fitness industry.

  • Individuals looking to earn more $ either full time or part time.


The tIFA makes it very easy to get certified as an NAFC Personal Trainer.


At the tIFA we offer the NAFC Personal Trainer Certification course as a mix of at-home study & live intensive 24 hour practical workshop (usually as a 3 day weekend course, F/S/Su).


All your materials, and graduating certificate, will be delivered as high-resolution PDF's, and all theory testing will be done on-line as well (web cam required)


In our exclusive live intensive workshop you will discover and practice many of the much needed gym floor skills of the modern fitness trainer including; learning exercises, measuring blood pressure and heart rates, program design, warm-ups and cool-downs, small group control, coaching cues, and much more.

The NAFC Personal Trainer Certification course will have 3 main components. 

  • 3 PDF eManuals to download and study.

  • One online theory test for each course manual (3 theory tests in total). 

  • A Practical Test which will be completed on the last day of your live workshop.


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The first book we suggest reading is the NAFC Lifestyle Consultant Manual. This in-depth manual goes through how we can help our clients make better day to day decisions to help them avoid becoming a statistic of modern health. 

Average study time is 30 - 45 days

Once you have completed your study. Simply take the online recorded test offered in your NAFC official student portal.

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The next manual we suggest is the NAFC Fitness Assessment Manual which cover the many common fitness and health test we professional trainers and coaches use on clients. Including cardio, strength, body composition, heart rate, cardiovascular health and more.

Average study time is 30 - 45 days

Once you have completed your study. Simply take the online recorded test offered in your NAFC official student portal.

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The final book is the Weight Training Manual which covers all the needed aspects of resistance, flexibility and cardio training guidelines, exercises and programming.

Average study time is 30 - 60 days

Once you have completed your study. Simply take the online recorded test offered in your NAFC official student portal.



During this 3 day intensive workshop, the focus will be on the practical elements of training clients. Including compound and isolation exercises, basic programming, foundational movements, coaching cues, and assessments. 

3 days / 24 hours. Usually offered as a long weekend course.

The Practical Exam will be offered on the 3rd day of the course after lunch, based on a Case Study that will be given to you on the first day of the practical course. 


1. Can I get the needed liability insurance with NAFC?

Of course! We are partners with North America's biggest sport and fitness insurance provider, Sport & Fitness USA, and Sport & Fitness Canada. You are 100% eligible for insurance across Canada!

2. Is NAFC recognised anywhere and everywhere?

This is a common misconception when it comes to certifications. There is NO such thing as a globally recognised mandatory certification. Each gym or owner of a gym may or may not allow ANY certification they choose. However, NAFC operates in Canada, USA, Latin America, Mexico, and throughout most of Asia, including Hong Kong, China, Singapore, all SE Asia. We also have graduates working in gyms and studios all over the world. The most IMPORTANT things gyms look for is "do you have a professional, and international certification that is applicable for liability insurance?". Yes you will with NAFC!

3. How long has NAFC been around for?

They started in 1992, and have over 35,000 students 

4. How does working around the world work? 

That is a great question, and as our founder Ror Alexander has lived and trained people all over the world, we will let him answer.

"Hi, terrific question! Let me tell you first, it's AMAZING to get paid to travel! OK, well let's start with this. IF you say wanted to do a 1, 2 or maybe even 3 week retreat out of Canada, say on a tropical island "Bali anyone?!?", then your insurance would cover you for a temporary period (just make sure to tell them first). 

Now, let's say you want to travel the world, well it depends on the country or even the continent. Most of Asia for example is WAYYYY behind in fitness, they don't require ANY insurance! Often they don't even require certifications! Scary right?! 

If let's say you are moving to a European or UK country, then you will need to ask the gym where you work if they accept your certification, and each country has it's own rules on insurance, some slack, some strict".

5. How do I stay certified with NAFC?

Easy again. Like ALL good certifications, NAFC requires 2.7 CEC credits per every 2 years, and a membership renewal also every 2 years of $100 USD (only $50 per year). You will also need to do your CPR and AED annually. NOW HERE IS THE AWESOME PART! NAFC is very welcoming of CEC courses by other organisations. Besides other NAFC courses, or courses offered by NAFC partners like us at CISF, they also offer CEC's for any courses recognized by canfitpro, ACE, ISSA, NASM, ASCM, NESTA, or AAFA, even CrossFit Specialty, you only need to fill out a simple CEC petition form. Of course ALL thrive courses are NAFC accredited. 

*Please note, NAFC does NOT accept CEC courses from small provincial organisations such as BCRPA, only internationally accredited professional courses.