The NBFE has been approached by at least one state that is actively considering a program for the licensing of fitness professionals for the purpose of determining whether or not NBFE examinations might be used for licensing purposes.
The NBFE is presently working on several specialized versions of the National Boards.
Once a fitness professional has passed the required National Boards and has been registered with the NBFE, the registration will remain in effect for two years.
CEUs will be available from various organizations that are recognized by the NBFE as "Affiliates.
The NBFE draws support from five advisory committees: medicine, certification organizations, fitness professionals, health clubs, and higher education.
The Aerobics and Fitness Association of America (AFAA), for example, has recently been granted "Affiliate" status in the category of certification organizations, that is, organizations that offer workshops, seminars, and training courses covering both theoretical and practical skills that are designed to prepare individuals to take the NBFE National Boards.
NBFE Affiliate status is available to qualified groups that participate in the programs of the NBFE, actively support its mission, and comply with other requirements of the Affiliate program.
The group endorses and supports the NBFE as the national standards-based body that provides industry-wide standardized testing for personal fitness trainers.
The group, through its designated representatives, volunteers for service with the NBFE itself and/or with NBFE's various advisory committees.
The group provides subject-matter experts who serve as NBFE Fellows and assist the NBFE in developing assessments and implementing domain and task analysis.
The group actively encourages students, employees and/or members who are practicing personal fitness trainers to complete the NBFE assessments.
To be approved as an Affiliate for the year 2005, the group must submit its training curriculum to the NBFE before the end of 2004 for review and approval by the NBFE in preparation for candidates to take the National Boards starting in 2005.