Provisional Affiliation is a temporary status that the National Board of Fitness Examiners (NBFE) grants certification organizations so that their graduates may sit for the NBFE Registered Personal Fitness Trainer examination.

To apply for Provisional Affiliation, please download and complete the following form including the self-study section outlining the major content areas of the examination and the testing objectives. The NBFE has worked extensively to complete an exhaustive analysis of the practice domain of personal fitness trainers. This “domain analysis” identified seven major testing areas and sixteen measurable test objectives for examination.

The purpose of the curriculum review associated with the affiliation application process is to ensure that graduates of all NBFE Certification Organization Affiliate Personal Trainer programs are prepared to take the examination in each of the testing areas and objectives.


Download Provisional Affiliate Application
(159k Word document)
To view the affiliate application process instructions click here.


Approved Provisional Affiliates

American Aerobic Association International - International Sports Medicine Association (AAAI-ISMA )
Fitness Academy for Consultancy Training Services (FACTS )
Health and Fitness Professionals Association (HFPA )
International Association of Resistance Trainers (IART )
International Sports & Fitness Trainers Association, Inc. (ISFTA )
National College of Exercise Professionals (NCEP )
National Exercise Trainer Association (NETA )
National Strength Professionals Association (NSPA )
U.S. Career Institute (USCI )

Once Provisional Affiliation has been awarded, certification organizations will receive a form and instructions to apply for Full Affiliation. Certification organizations will be instructed to submit these documents as well as their curriculum and related instructional materials. Certifying organizations are required to submit the entire application package for Full Affiliation within 3 months from the date the Provisional Affiliation is awarded. Organizations that do not submit the application package by the 3-month deadline will have their Provisional Affiliation revoked and students from their program will no longer be able to complete the NBFE Personal Fitness Trainer Examination.

Download Full Affiliate Application
(204k Word document)


Approved Full Affiliates

Academy of Applied Personal Training Education (AAPTE )
Athletics and Fitness Association of America (AFAA )
International Council for Certified Personal Trainers (ICCPT )
International Personal Trainer Academy (IPTA )
International Sports Sciences Association (ISSA )
International Strength Training Association (ISTA )
National Aerobics & Fitness Trainers Association (NAFTA )
National Association for Fitness Certification (NAFC )
National Council for Certified Personal Trainers (NCCPT )
National Endurance and Sports Trainers Association (NESTA )
Smart Fitness
World Instructor Training Schools (WITS )
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