There are three steps required to get aerobics instructor certification: instructor training, aerobics class experience, and successful completion of the certification examination. Aerobics classes are fitness classes that are focused on increasing the heart rate of the participants. These classes are typically available from community or fitness centers. There are a wide range of class types, but they are all designed to increase the heart rate.
People who want to get aerobics instructor certification have usually been working the physical fitness industry for several years and enjoy working with people. Certification is granted by several organizations, but the most widely recognized is the National Association for Fitness Certification (NAFC). This certification is required to obtain insurance coverage as an aerobics or fitness trainer.
The first step toward getting certified as an aerobics instructor is to complete an instructor training program. The length and complexity of the program varies widely. Look for courses that cover both the physiology of exercise as well as recommended exercises. As part of the program, look for courses in public speaking, leadership, and voice projection.
There is a minimum amount of experience required before you are eligible to write the aerobics instructor certification examination, which varies depending upon the certification agency. This must be verifiable aerobics instruction, supervised by a certified aerobics instructor. Most candidates complete this experience requirement through a paid position as an aerobics instructor. The courses should be varied, accessing all the different client groups and types of aerobic exercise.
The aerobics instructor certification examination is a computerized multiple choice exam. Many schools offer aerobic instructor preparation courses and seminars to help students prepare for this exam. Look at the study preparation courses available to you and select the one that will work best for you, based on your personal learning style.
Upon successful completion of the aerobics instructor certification, candidates are able to work as independent contractors, providing aerobic classes to a wide range of fitness and community centers. This certification is often a stepping stone to fitness center management, physical therapy, or a physiology program. There is no age restriction on this certification, and many high school students find this is a great part-time job.
Career advancement opportunities for aerobics instructors are rather limited. Most people use this certification to find a moonlighting or part-time jobs. Alternately, he or she can move into management, organizing staff and working with clients directly. The salary in this job is quite low, so an alternate career is generally recommended.