(Pending) NCCA Accredited Certifications Available
In 2016, NAFTA’s is seeking accreditation from the National Commission for Certifying Agencies (NCCA) for two of our Core programs (Certified Personal Fitness Trainer; Certified Group Fitness Instructor). The NCCA, created in 1987, is the accrediting body of the Institute for Credentialing Excellence (ICE), which was formerly known as the National Organization for Competency Assurance (NOCA).
Group Exercise Instructor for NCCA Accreditation
NAFTA will be proctoring the GEI Exam for NCCA Accreditation throughout the country from April 1-June 30th, 2018.
Personal Fitness Trainer Level I
This program is designed to provide fundamental theoretical knowledge and the
practical skills necessary to assume the role of a personal fitness trainer.
About the NCCA
The NCCA is an independent non-governmental agency that accredits certification programs in a variety of professions including athletic training, dietetics, occupational therapy, financial services, and fitness, to help ensure the health, welfare, and safety of the public. The NCCA reviews the certification organization’s procedures, protocols and operations, and determines if the certification properly discriminates between those who are qualified and those who are not qualified to be awarded the respective credential. The NCCA evaluates the processes and systems used by an organization to identify professional role and scope of practice, develop exam content, and provide proper exam administration and scoring to ensure the following:
- That the examination process is fair and unbiased
- That the examination accurately measures the minimal competence of the candidate for the profession
- That the public is protected from unqualified or ineffective practitioners
- That the organization has the means to support its professionals
The NCCA has 21 Standards that a certification organization must meet and remain in compliance with in order to earn NCCA Accreditation. These NCCA Standards serve as a benchmark for how organizations should conduct certification programs.
For more information about the National Commission for Certifying Agencies, please go to the NCCA website http://www.credentialingexcellence.org
What does the NCCA accreditation standard mean to you as a health and fitness professional?
The International Health, Racquet and Sportsclub Association (IHRSA) and Medical Fitness Association (MFA) recommend that club owners and medical fitness facility operators hire fitness professionals with certifications that are accredited by the NCCA or an equivalent accrediting organization. In addition, the Standards and Guidelines for the Accreditation of Educational Programs for Personal Fitness Training, established by Committee on the Accreditation for the Exercise Sciences (CoAES) of the Commission on Accreditation of Allied Health Education Programs (CAAHEP), include students’ performance on a national credentialing examination accredited by the NCCA as one of the primary outcomes for earning this accreditation. Recently, the National Sanitation Foundation (NSF) has established standards for facilities that have as one requirement that the facility hire only professionals who hold certifications accredited by a third-party organization that accredits competency-based examinations (e.g., NCCA, ANSI).
By earning an NCCA-accreditation NAFTA certifications, fitness and health professionals will demonstrate that they meet the qualifications to take a legitimate place in the healthcare continuum within their defined scope of practice. Earning and maintaining an NCCA-accredited certification can give you a competitive advantage when being considered as a candidate for employment with a company or organization that belongs to IHRSA or MFA, as it demonstrates that you have the knowledge, skills, and abilities to provide the public with safe and effective exercise programs.