The Aerobics and Fitness Association of America (AFAA) is a fitness education company that was established in 1983, and operates out of Sherman Oaks, California. AFAA offers education workshops and certifications internationally but mainly operates in the United States. AFAA's certifications are accredited by Vital Research and AFAA is a member of the National Organization of Competency Assurance (NOCA). AFAA also applied for an additional accreditation through an organization recognized by the Council for Higher Education Accreditation (CHEA) and the U.S. Department of Education, meeting IHRSA's recommendation on accreditation for fitness certification organizations. Through its semi-annual event, APEX, AFAA has succeeded in attracting and certifying personal trainers year after year.
AFAA has expanded the company in Japan, and more recently China. AFAA China held their first workshops at Nirvana Gym in Beijing, China with 50 participants. AFAA Japan was first introduced in 1988. There are now 180 AFAA educational faculty members in Japan.
NFHOF Founder, John Figarelli presents Linda Pfeffer with AFAA's Induction Plaque.
Linda Pfeffer founded AFAA in 1983. She was AFAA's CEO until 2016.