When you have a deep interest for fitness and wellness, becoming an aerobics instructor may be the next step for you to turn your interests into a career. To teach aerobics, you need to have a group fitness certification from one of four certification associations, plus whatever certification you need to teach the type of aerobics that you're most interested in. For a nominal fee and a few months of studying, you can be rewarded with certification that allows you to teach at health clubs, gyms and through private instruction.
Complete your CPR certification. All of the certification associations require CPR certification as a prerequisite to the group aerobics or group fitness certification. CPR classes are usually held by your local Red Cross or at your nearest hospital.
Purchase the study materials and registration from the certification association of your choice. You can choose from the Aerobics and Fitness Association of America, the American Fitness Professionals & Associates, the National Association for Fitness Certification or the American Council on Exercise. Each certification program has different costs and study materials associated with it, so it's important that you choose the course that suits your budget, schedule and level of learning the best.
Read your study materials and follow along with the course materials that accompany the packet the certification association will send to you with your registration. Each association allows you to complete distance learning from your home, so you'll study on your own or with an online guide. It's important that you take the study portion of the process seriously, as it will impact your ability to pass the final exam. You'll learn about subjects like class design, physiology, class safety, cueing, instruction and anatomy to prepare you for your certification.
Apply for the final exam and certification through your certification association when you feel ready to take the test. Some organizations send a take-home test, while others have testing centers that you'll need to visit to take the test. You'll pay a fee to take the test, and you may retake the test if you fail. If you pass, you're eligible for certification and can teach a group aerobics class.
Obtain certification for the particular type of aerobics that you'd like to teach, whether it's a dance-based class, kickboxing, step aerobics or another type of fitness. If there's a brand of aerobics you'd like to teach, you'll have to complete your certification separately with the company. Your group fitness aerobics certification still allows you to teach basic aerobics to groups as soon as you receive your certification.
- Aerobics and Fitness Association of America: Primary Group Exercise Certification
- American Fitness Professionals & Associates: Group Fitness Instructor Certification Course
- National Association for Fitness Certification: Certifications
- American Council on Exercise: Becoming an ACE-Certified Group Fitness Professional