The International Standard in Fitness Accreditation

The International Fitness Standards Accreditation Council is composed of a council of 10 experts in the fitness field. The purpose of the International Fitness Standards Accreditation Council is to establish fitness standards and award accreditation to companies providing live fitness training, education and certification.

Our Goal

The goal is to improve the exercise safety, effectiveness and quality of the fitness industry. Just as the BBB accredits companies for excellence in business practices, the International Fitness Standards Accreditation Council awards accreditation to live fitness certification educators for excellence in fitness standards.

The International Fitness Standards Accreditation Council evaluates and accredits live fitness certification companies based on the following criteria (which is a 10 point system).

1. Content of live fitness education (lectures).

  • Emphasis of exercise safety
  • Anatomy and physiology of exercise
  • Effective techniques
  • Program Design/Implementation
  • Ethics

2. Content of practical certification

  • Exercise skills corresponding to the certification

3. Supportive fitness education materials (books, videos, etc.)

4. Credentials of instructors teaching the certification content.

5. Testing procedures (written)

  • Proof of student’s identity
  • Closed book
  • Proctored
  • Standardized
  • Evaluation of exam

6. Testing procedures (practical)

  • Exercise safety and effective technique corresponding to the certification
  • Evaluation of the students’ practical skills

7. Notification of pass or fail to the student and issue of a certificate

  • Retest procedures

8. Continuing education procedure

  • Recertification procedure

9. Live office support and record keeping, including verification procedures

10. In good standing with the BBB

The International Fitness Standards Accreditation Council of 10 consists of:

  • 3 Sports Medicine Physicians
  • 3 Exercise Physiologists (holding MS or PhD)
  • 1 Director of Psychometrics
  • 1 Director of Statistics
  • 2 Fitness Facility Directors

Apply for Accreditation (By Invitation Only)