AFAA Personal Trainer Certification The AFAA (Aerobics and Fitness Association of America) is a for-profit organization that has been around since 1983. AFAA personal trainer certification is accredited through DETC and not through NCCA. As NETA, AFAA, although a popular certification, is not as recognized as NASM, NSCA, ACSM. As ISSA, AFFA is renown for its online certification that is more affordable but is somewhat less recognized by major fitness facilities. For that reason it is better suited for those who are just ...