MFA Director Certification

MFA is proud to announce the creation of two new professional Industry Credentials (NCCA accreditation pending)

Medical Fitness Facility Director

MFA is helping produce the next generation of fitness facility leaders and raising the bar for an entire industry.
In our first 25 years, the Medical Fitness Association has provided fitness leaders with educational resources, networking opportunities, benchmark studies, outcomes measures, and facility certifications. During its twenty-fifth year MFA announced two new professional credentials – The Certified Fitness Facility Director and the Certified Medical Fitness Facility Director (pending NCAA accreditation).

These certifications are designed to test leaders of medical and non-medically integrated fitness facilities on their knowledge of fundamental operations of fitness facilities and their understanding of the roles fitness facilities will play in the future of healthcare. The healthcare landscape is under tremendous pressure to reshape itself from a “sick-care” model to one where prevention and wellbeing will take center stage. Exercise, Nutrition and Lifestyle Management/Coaching are poised to take center stage in this new focus on population health and value based financing.

The two credentials build on each other. Successful completion of the Fitness Facility Director Certification (CFFD) is required as a pre-requisite for taking the Medical Fitness Facility Director Certification (CMFFD) exam.

  1. The Certified Fitness Facility Director

    The Fitness Facility Director Exam ensures that fitness facility directors and aspiring fitness facility directors possess the core knowledge and skills to safely and efficiently manage their centers. The 100 question Fitness Facility Director Certification examination also exposes the general fitness industry to the basic concepts of Exercise is Medicine and MFA’s Facility Standards and Guidelines.

    Eligibility Criteria:
    To be eligible to take Fitness Facility Director exam, the individual must have a minimum of three years of experience in a management/leadership position with a bachelor degree or higher in a fitness, business, or related field, or five years of experience in a management/leadership position with a minimum of an associate degree. In addition, the individual must currently be (or recently within one year) in a supervisory, or management position in a fitness facility. If you are not sure if you qualify, contact us to talk through your specific circumstances.

  2. The Certified Medical Fitness Facility Director

    The Medical Fitness Facility Director Certification credential builds on the base knowledge tested in the CFFD exam. This 50 question test covers knowledge in nine specific content areas relevant to the operation of medically integrated fitness facilities including: risk and emergency management, finance and budgeting, staffing, quality and outcomes, ensuring a safe environment of care, physician referral, marketing, strategic planning and general operations. Possessing the CMFFD demonstrates to employers that the certified director is prepared to ensure and sustain a safe environment of care for disease management programming that integrates seamlessly with both the fitness centers core offerings and the local continuum of care.

    Eligibility Criteria:
     The individual must have a minimum of three years of experience in a management/leadership position with a bachelor degree, or higher, in a fitness, business, or related field, or five years of experience in a management/leadership position with a minimum of an associate degree. The candidate must have passed the Fitness Facility Director Credential Exam and currently (or within one year) be serving in a supervisory or management role in a medically integrated fitness facility. If you are not sure if you qualify, contact us to talk through your specific circumstances.

The MFA helps to prepare facilities, and now, facility managers, who are connected to local healthcare continuum’s to fully meet the needs of the doctors, patients, members, communities and health systems they serve.

resource list is available for your reference and use as a study guide. In addition, MFA is offering a special “Director’s Bundle” of resource books from which a majority of the exam questions are derived. The “Director’s Bundle” is available in the MFA Store for purchase at a significant discount for members.

A summary of the Exam Content may be found here.

Completing the Certified Fitness Facility Director credential (CFFD) exam is a prerequisite for eligibility to take the Certified Medical Fitness Facility Director (CMFFD) exam.

Be prepared to advance your career by becoming a Certified Fitness Facility Director, or a Certified Medical Fitness Facility Director, this year!

Price List

  • Members $299 for CFFD Exam
    You must pass the CFFD exam before you are eligible to take the CMFFD exam
  • Members $299 for CMFFD exam
    You may only take the CMFFD exam after you have passed the CFFD Exam
  • Non-Members $499 for CFFD
    You must pass the CFFD exam before you are eligible to take the CMFFD exam
  • Non-Members $499 for CMFFD
    You may only take the CMFFD exam after you have passed the CFFD exam
  • Retakes for the Exams are $150 for members and $250 for non-members

Upcoming Exam Dates

  • November 8, 2017 – Orlando, Florida
    8am-10:30am EST – Orange County Convention Center (Pre-registration required)
  • March 19, 2018 – Carlsbad, California
    8:30am – 11:00am – Tri-City Wellness Center (Pre-registration required)
  • April 12, 2018 – Schererville, Indiana
    8:30am – 11:00am – Franciscan Health & Fitness Center (Pre-registration required)
  • May 16, 2018 – Atlanta, Georgia
    2:30pm – 5:00pm – Piedmont Atlanta Fitness Center (Pre-registration required)