Code of Ethics

A Code of Ethics defines the requirements for the Personal Trainer that is acceptable within the industry, socially and professionally. A good overall atmosphere of conduct would be that likened to the professional relationship that you would expect your doctor to conduct with you. To strive for any less would be degrading to yourself, your company and your clients. Failure to adhere to the IFA Code of Ethics can result in a board review of the incident, which can result in a permanent revocation of your certification.

IFA Code of Ethics


An IFA Instructor's certification may be cancelled for conduct which, in the opinion of the Board of Review, is derogatory to the dignity of or inconsistent with the purposes of this institution. The cancellation of a certification may be ordered upon the unanimous vote of the members of the Board of Review, and only after such Instructor has been informed of the charges brought against them and has been given an opportunity to refute such charges in writing.

Recommended Reading

Ethics of Touch by Ben E. Benjamin and Cherie Sohnen-Moe.  Although aimed at the Physical Therapist, it applies to Personal Trainers as well as any profession that requires close contact with clients.

Updated: Sep 25, 2016

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