Q: What is the value of my GFFI
A: Certification is a process by which GFFI, as a
nongovernmental agency or association, recognizes the
competency of individuals who have met certain
qualifications as determined by the GFFI. To achieve
certification from GFFI individuals must meet the
eligibility requirements for certification and pass the
Certification provides both personal validation and
validation for employers and consumers of the certificate
holder's professional competence in the fitness field.
Specifically, certification: "Demonstrates to colleagues
and superiors a dedication to quality healthcare and to
the highest standards for conduct of fitness
Presents solid evidence to employers
that an employee has trained and has been tested to
implement best practices and apply current technology
solutions, abilities that in turn advance the
Sets a person apart from
uncredentialed job candidates.
Assures current knowledge through
continued education and verification of base level
Holds value to employers because it
supports a worker's ability to uphold industry standards
and regulations, thereby potentially saving
organizations from potential liabilities.
Catalyzes career development by
augmenting résumés and adding recognition to candidates'
capabilities. Since credentials appear after a person's
name, they announce expertise with every signature.
Q: What is required to get my
A: GFFI Students must have a passing score of 80% or
better on either a seminar, independent study or online
examination, as well as submit a copy of an Adult CPR
Certification card. All GFFI enrollment fees must be paid
Q: How should my exam look at the time of submission
for online course?
A: Completed exams should be stapled or bound in a
manner that keeps the coursework and examination
organized. All final examinations should be typed, not
handwritten. Students must be sure to include their name
on every page of their exam. We do not allow plastic page
dividers, sheet protectors or binders of any kind.
Q: How do I receive my Independent Study/Online
A: Students who submit their exam online will receive
their results via email, using the email address provided
at the time of testing. Independent Study examination
results will be sent by E mail. The communication via
email will be from the GFFI Technical Support Department.
Students may contact the GFFI Technical Support Department
for any questions regarding results.
Q: What is a personal trainer legally able to do?
A: Personal Training deals with the art and science of
physical conditioning combined with healthful behavior
modification techniques that are preventive in nature, but
not corrective, therapeutic, or rehabilitative. There is
focus on the use of passive, active, and resistive
exercise to maintain and improve human function. In
addition, trainers can work with technologies that
Health and fitness assessments and
Injury recognition, appraisal,
preliminary treatment, and instruction; and
Counseling on wellness and public
health issues, including:
Stress management; and
At the date this was revised, there is
no licensing for personal fitness professionals in the
India. A certificate does not constitute a license to
practice medicine. Unless you are already a licensed
health care practitioner, it is important not to present
yourself as a physician in any manner. Industry
recognition, memberships, and liability insurance is
available to GFFI graduates. Students should investigate
the laws within the state in which they reside.
When a client comes to a personal trainer for health
support for a particular problem, they will have received
a diagnosis from a primary health care physician. If not,
they should do so. The trainer can educate the client on
health and fitness which can complement any treatment
prescribed by the primary health care physician. The focus
of a trainer is not on disease or illness, but on fitness
and health allowing the body to heal itself. Many primary
health care physicians are willing to work with personal
trainers to achieve the best overall plan for the client.
As a personal trainer, it is important to remember that
your suggestions are complimentary to a primary health
care physician. A personal trainer cannot diagnose a
client as having a particular illness, or purport to treat
or cure any disease. This constitutes practicing medicine
without a license. However, there is a large scope for a
personal trainer to educate the client without stepping
over that line.
Note that if you are a health care practitioner, you may
be able to adjunct your new training to your existing
practice. Many RNs, MDs, Physical Therapists and
Pharmacists take the courses for this purpose.