The Accrediting Commission of the Distance
Education and Training Council (DETC), the nation's premiere accrediting
organization for distance learning institutions, voted in its January 16
meeting to grant an award of accreditation to the Aerobics and Fitness
Association of America.

This award of recognized national
accreditation was made after an exhaustive review of AFAA by the DETC, in which
all aspects of the organization were thoroughly evaluated by peer-group
evaluators and independent curriculum experts.

The DETC Accrediting Commission has been
listed by the U.S. Department of Education as a nationally recognized
accrediting agency since 1959. DETC is also a recognized member of the Council
for Higher Education Accreditation (CHEA).

Accreditation is the nation's principal
means to identify reliable and reputable educational institutions.
Accreditation is also a badge of quality, and it assists institutions in
attaining excellence by using a set of standards developed by peers. Accredited
status means that an educational institution lives up to its promises to course
participants and the public. It means that the education that a participant
receives at an accredited institution has real value.

The Aerobics and Fitness Association of America has been the world's
largest fitness and TeleFitness educator since 1983, issuing more than 250,000
AFAA certifications to fitness professionals in 73 countries. Each year, health
clubs and studios host over 2,500 AFAA certification and AFAA continuing
education workshops nationwide.

in Washington, D.C., the Distance Education and Training Council is a
non-profit educational association founded in 1926. The independent nine-member
Accrediting Commission of the DETC was established in 1955. It has the approval
of the U.S. Department of Education as the


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