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Fitness Courses, Certifications And Education For The Singapore Fitness Professional




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The Singapore fitness industry offers one of the most exciting and rewarding careers to anyone who has a genuine passion for all things fitness and wellness.

And to cater to the growing number of people who are contemplating a career or business in the fitness field, or to those who simply want to enhance their current credentials, many fitness organizations and fitness institutions abound - both locally in Singapore as well as abroad/overseas - which offer a variety of courses, certifications and qualifications related to fitness and wellness.

Whether your goal is to find a fitness-related job here in Singapore, or to carve out a rewarding fitness career for yourself, or to become a successful fitness business-owner or fitness entrepreneur, there ARE indeed suitable courses and certifications out there that cater specifically to your specific needs and job scope.

Bearing in mind that NO two fitness/wellness certifications are alike, and that every certification or course has its own merits, do be advised to do some background research of your own on the various listed organizations, to ensure that you enroll yourself only in those courses that meet your specific career goals, individual interests and job requirements.

Note: As our focus are primarily on Professional/Vocational Fitness Certifications, Courses And Qualifications for working adults and current fitness/wellness professionals, the following are NOT included in our list:

  • Full-Time Student-Centered Tertiary Education,
  • Courses Requiring Full-Time Enrolment In A College/Polytechnic/University,
  • Higher Academic Learning Leading To Diplomas/Degrees in Sports Science, Exercise Science, Nutrition, Kinesiology, Exercise Physiology, Physical Therapy, Physical Education etc.

However, adult professionals who feel they are able to commit themselves to a FULL-TIME study schedule are strongly encouraged to find out more about these fitness educational courses/modules by contacting the relevant colleges, polytechnics and universities directly.  

In the following, we have managed to showcase probably one of the most thorough and comprehensive listing of fitness certifying organizations and institutions, the courses that they offer, their study mode options, their range of examination processes and procedures, and the respective links to their websites.

Even then, this list is still constantly being up-dated, modified and expanded to reflect the growing numbers of fitness organizations and institutions that are continually proving themselves capable of offering top-notch, reputable and recognized certifications and courses to fitness professionals - both here in Singapore and across the globe.

Starting with those with operations in Singapore, the following is our recommended list of certifying organizations/institutions for the fitness industry (in no particular order):

Singapore-Based Fitness/Wellness Certifying Institutions


Organization Name :

Logo For Singapore fitness certifying organization - FISAF


FISAF Singapore

( Federation of International Sports, Aerobics and Fitness )

Overview: FISAF is an international organization that supports the development of fitness and aerobics industries worldwide. All graduates of a FISAF International Training Course receive an internationally accepted FISAF certificate.
Courses Run: Aerobic & Group Exercise Certification, Personal Trainer Certification, Aqua Aerobics Certification, Core Training Certification, Senior Fitness Certification, Chi Yoga Certification.
Study Mode: On-Site Lectures & Workshops
Exam Mode: On-Site Theory & Practical Examinations
Website: Visit Website



Organization Name:

Logo For Singapore fitness certifying organization - SSC


Singapore Sports Council, SSC

Overview: The Singapore Sports Council (SSC) is Singapore's official agency tasked with developing sports in Singapore. Its Sports Industry Development (SID) Department serves to implement and facilitate training and developmental programs for personnel in the sports and fitness industry.
Courses Run: Basic Exercise Course, Basic Massage Course, Fitness Instructor Certification,  Aerobics Instructor Certification, Strength & Conditioning Coach Certification.
Study Mode: On-Site Lectures & Workshops
Exam Mode: On-Site Theory & Practical Examinations
Website: Visit Website


International Fitness/Wellness Certifying Institutions - the following are some reputable and recognized international fitness organizations that allow global/international participation in their courses via distance learning, home study, online teaching or on-site workshops/seminars (may require overseas traveling).



Organization Name:

Logo for international fitness certifying organization - ACE


American Council On Exercise, ACE

Overview: ACE is the world's largest nonprofit fitness certification organization committed to educating and supporting fitness professionals in providing safe and effective exercise instruction.
Courses Run: Personal Trainer Certification, Group Fitness Instructor Certification, Lifestyle & Weight Management Consultant Certification, Advanced Health & Fitness Specialist Certification.
Study Mode: Home-Study / Self-Study
Exam Mode: On-Site Pencil & Paper Exam ( Available In Singapore)
Website: Visit Website




Organization Name:

Logo for international fitness certifying organization - ACSM


American College Of Sports Medicine, ACSM

Overview: ACSM is the largest sports medicine and exercise science organization in the world, dedicated to promoting and integrating scientific research, education, and practical applications of sports medicine and exercise science so as to enhance physical performance, fitness, health, and quality of life.
Courses Run: Personal Trainer Certification, Health Fitness Specialist Certification, Clinical Exercise Specialist Certification, Clinical Exercise Physiologist Certification.
Study Mode: Self-Study, Workshops
Exam Mode: Computerized Testing At Pearson VUE® Authorized Testing Centers (Available In Singapore)
Website: Visit Website




Organization Name:

Logo for international fitness certifying organization - AFAA


Aerobics And Fitness Association Of America, AFAA

Overview: AFAA is the world's largest fitness educator dedicated to providing comprehensive cognitive and practical education for fitness professionals, grounded in industry research, using both traditional and innovative modalities.
Courses Run: Only Personal Trainer Certification and Telexercise® Resistance Trainer Certification available to international participants.
Study Mode: Online study, video lectures and 'live' interactions with AFAA lecturers and instructors via the internet.
Exam Mode: Theory & Practical Examinations Via Secure, Monitored Testing Using The Internet
Website: Visit Website




Organization Name:

Logo for international fitness certifying organization - AFPA


American Fitness Professionals & Associates, AFPA


AFPA is a recognized leader in certification & continuing education for Fitness Professionals. It provides professionals with the requisite skills and information necessary to achieve long term success in the fitness profession.

Courses Run: Personal Trainer Certification Course, Nutrition & Wellness Consultant Certification Course, Sports Nutrition Consultant Certification Course, Weight Management Consultant Certification Course, Pre/Post Natal Exercise Specialist Certification Course, Cardio Kickboxing Instructor Certification Course, Children's Fitness Specialist Certification Course, Cycle Instructor Certification Course, Sports Conditioning Specialist Certification Course, Functional Training Specialist Certification Course, Yoga Fitness Instructor Certification Course, Pilates Fitness Instructor Certification Course, Post-Rehab Exercise Specialist Certification Course, Stability Ball Trainer Certification Course, Strength Trainer Certification Course, Senior Fitness Specialist Certification Course, Aquatic Instructor Certification Course, Group Fitness Instructor Certification Course, Trainer of Special Populations Certification Course.
Study Mode: Distance Learning Via Certification Textbooks & Instructional DVDs
Exam Mode: In-Home Written Assignments And/Or Practical Examinations (Via Video-Recording) Which Are Then Mailed Back To AFPA (USA) for assessing.
Website: Visit Website




Organization Name:


Logo for international fitness certifying organization - IFPA


International Fitness Professionals Association , IFPA


The International Fitness Professionals Association (IFPA) sees itself as a leader in practical fitness education, offering only the most practical and scientifically based health and fitness information that can be directly applied to “real life” experiences.

Courses Run: Personal Trainer Certification, Advanced Personal Trainer Certification, Master Personal Trainer Certification, Functional Trainer Specialist Certification, Cage Fitness Specialist Certification, Special Populations Trainer Certification, Strength and Sports Conditioning Specialist Certification etc. 
Study Mode: Home Study Via Text Books, Workbooks, DVDs, Practice Exams.
Exam Mode: On-Site Close-Book Proctored Exams / Off-Site Open Book Exams
Website: Visit Website




Organization Name:


Logo for international fitness certifying organization - ISSA


International Sports Sciences Association, ISSA


The International Sports Sciences Association (ISSA) is a distance education institution and certifying agency committed to the fitness education and professional goals of fitness/wellness professionals.

Courses Run: Personal Trainer Certification, Fitness Nutrition Certification, Exercise Therapy Certification, Senior Fitness Certification, Youth Fitness Certification, Strength and Conditioning Certification, Sports Nutrition Certification, Elite Trainer Certification, Master Trainer Certification.
Study Mode: Home Study Via Guide Books and Workbooks.
Exam Mode: Course Quizzes And Online/Mail-In Exams
Website: Visit Website




Organization Name:

Logo for international fitness certifying organization - NASM


National Academy Of Sports Medicine, NASM

Overview: The National Academy of Sports Medicine (NASM) is a global leader in providing evidence-based certifications and advanced credentials to health and fitness professionals. 
Courses Run: Certified Personal Trainer (CPT) Certification, Performance Enhancement Specialist (PES) Certification, Corrective Exercise Specialist (CES) Certification.
Study Mode: Home Study Via Text Books, Study Guides, Online Learning, DVDs, MP3s
Exam Mode: Computerized Testing At Schroeder Measurement Technologies (SMT)/IsoQuality Testing Centres (Available In Singapore)
Website: Visit Website




Organization Name:

Logo for international fitness certifying organization - NCSF


National Council On Strength And Fitness, NCSF

Overview: The National Council On Strength And Fitness (NCSF) is a leading fitness organization that believes in setting new standards in the fitness industry, developing quality fitness professionals and serving the public through education and certification.
Courses Run: Certified Personal Trainer (NCSF-CPT) Certification, Certified Sports Nutrition Specialist Certification
Study Mode: Home Study / Workshop
Exam Mode: Computerized Testing At State-Of-The-Art Prometric Testing Centers.
Website: Visit Website



Organization Name:


Logo for international fitness certifying organization - NETA


National Exercise Trainers Association , NETA


The National Exercise Trainers Association (NETA) is an education and training organization for fitness professionals, dedicated to offering cost effective certification programs and continuing education that teach concepts and theories of health and fitness. It believes in offering education, hands-on training and certification to all who are interested, and in this way, help improve the quality of fitness instruction to the public.

Courses Run: Personal Trainer Certification, Group Exercise Certification, Pilates Mat Certification, Yoga Certification, Pilates Reformer Certification, Kettlebell Certification, and Indoor Cycling Certification.
Study Mode: Home-Study / Self-Study, Workshops
Exam Mode: On-Site Testing / Mail-In Exams
Website: Visit Website




Organization Name:


Logo for international fitness certifying organization - NESTA


National Exercise & Sports Trainers Association, NESTA


The National Exercise & Sports Trainers Association (NESTA) is a leader in innovative solutions for fitness, nutrition & wellness professionals, providing comprehensive educational programs that combine science with practical, real-world experience.

Courses Run: Personal Fitness Trainer Certification, Heart Rate Performance Specialist Certification, Fitness Nutrition Coach Certification, Core Conditioning Specialist Certification, Group Exercise Instructor Certification, Sports Injury Specialist Certification, Speed, Agility & Quickness Coach Certification, Functional Training Specialist Certification, Biomechanics Specialist Certification, Kids' Nutrition Specialist Certification, Lifestyle & Weight Management Certification, Senior Fitness Specialty Certification, Sport Yoga Instructor Certification, Pilates Mat & Ball Instructor Certification, Water Fitness Instructor Certification.
Study Mode: Self-Study Via CD-Roms, Study Manuals, DVDs.
Exam Mode: Demonstration Photos And/Or Mail-In Exams
Website: Visit Website




Organization Name:


Logo for international fitness certifying organization - NFPT


National Federation of Professional Trainers, NFPT


The National Federation of Professional Trainers (NFPT), is an internationally-recognized fitness certifying agency that serves to equip trainers world-wide with tools and resources for careers in Personal Training.

Courses Run: Personal Trainer Certification, Master Fitness Trainer Certification, Functional Exercise Specialist, Fitness Nutrition Specialist, Resistance Training Specialist, Endurance Training Specialist.
Study Mode: Home Study, Practical Workshops.
Exam Mode: Proctored Exams / Online Testing
Website: Visit Website





Organization Name:


Logo for international fitness certifying organization - NSCA


National Strength and Conditioning Association , NSCA


The National Strength and Conditioning Association (NSCA) is a worldwide authority on strength and conditioning that supports and disseminates research-based knowledge and practical application in order to improve athletic performance and fitness.

Courses Run: Certified Strength and Conditioning Specialist (CSCS) Certification, Certified Special Population Specialist (CSPS) Certification, NSCA-Certified Personal Trainer (NSCA-CPT) Certification, Tactical Strength and Conditioning-Facilitators (TSAC-F) Certification. 
Study Mode: Home Study Materials.
Exam Mode: On-Site Paper/Pencil Exam Or On-Site Computer-Based Exam
Website: Visit Website




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