Weight Management Specialist Certification

Lead clients toward their optimal weight and enhanced quality of life. Graduate with a holistic, results-focused approach to nutrition and exercise, enabling you to successfully modify client behavior and achieve long-term weight management.

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Help People Lose Weight And Keep It Off

There are a few reasons that drive a person to want to lose weight. For some, maintaining a healthy weight is important because they want to avoid the likelihood of developing (potentially) life-threatening diseases like heart disease or diabetes.

For others, being overweight negatively fuels insecurities, which can lead to dangerous mental illnesses like anorexia and bulimia nervosa.

The AFPA Weight Management Specialist Certification program provides the tools to develop balanced yet results-focused nutrition, exercise, and lifestyle programs and effectively communicate them to clients who want to reach their goals.

What Can I Do as a Weight Management Specialist?

The AFPA Weight Management Specialist Certification program provides a holistic approach to weight and health management.


Once you’re AFPA certified, you’ll be able to:

  • Work with clients in finding their optimal weight to enhance their quality of life
  • Examine the psychological link that exists between individuals and eating disorders
  • Explain the physiological effects of eating disorders on the human body and how they can be addressed by fitness and wellness professionals
  • Differentiate between healthy carbohydrates and unhealthy carbohydrates
  • Construct a safe, effective, and reasonable weight management program that encourages healthy eating and sensible exercise
  • Counsel clients on weight management using effective communication and goal-setting techniques


Join over 119,000 AFPA certified professionals worldwide.

With a 26-year legacy of accredited expertise, AFPA is a frontrunner in health and wellness programs. We’re proud to offer the best variety of flexible, affordable, and accessible programs on the market.
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    Study Anywhere At Your Own Pace

    Enjoy the freedom to study on your own time from anywhere in the world.

    Study guidelines and schedules are provided to help keep you on track. Take the test online when you’re ready!

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    Affordable and Flexible Payment Options

    Get certified without breaking the bank.

    Our certifications cost significantly less than degree programs, so they’re affordable programs with minimum financial risk.

    Financing options are available for all AFPA certification programs.
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    Kickstart Your Career with Included Client Resources

    Support doesn’t stop once you’re certified.

    You get access to career-shaping resources that will help ensure you get a head start in your career as a Certified Weight Management Specialist.

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    All Learning Materials Included

    Your tuition covers everything.

    All Course Materials
    All Assignments
    Course Study Guidelines
    Case Studies
    Online Final Exam

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    Business Resources Included

    Upon enrollment, we provide you with exclusive resources to help you establish, optimize, grow, and build your specialized wellness business.

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    Unlimited Student Support

    Call, email, or chat with our educational advisors as often as you need before, during, and even after enrollment.

What You’ll Get:

  • All course materials
    • 4 certification textbooks
    • Assignments
  • Guidebook on legal standards, risk management, and professional ethics
  • Course study guidelines and completion schedule to stay on track
  • Counseling and lifestyle management forms for starting your own business
  • Practice questions, case study and critical thinking self-assessments to test progress
  • Online final exam
  • Counseling and lifestyle management forms for starting your own business
  • Forms, worksheets, checklists and client questionnaires

A Look Inside The Curriculum:

This weight loss consultant program will provide you with the education you need to guide your clients to achieve their weight loss goals through behavior modification and will provide you with the skills necessary to help them achieve long-term weight management.

Understanding Concepts of Underweight, Overweight, and Obesity

Study the differences in body compositions as they relate to Body Mass Index (BMI) and interpret the causes of obesity in America. Topics include:

  • Prevalence of overweight in the Western world
  • Health consequences of overweight and obesity
  • Calculating the optimum weight for longevity and health

Assessing Metabolic Rate and Body Composition

Find out why a higher metabolism is favorable for weight loss. You’ll review how to do a clinical assessment of body composition and the speed at which chemical metabolic reactions take place in the body. Topics include:

  • Body size, shape, and composition
  • Clinical assessment of body composition
  • Genetic factors and body composition
  • Dietary and physical activity assessment
  • Connecting assessment components together
  • Bioimpedance analysis concepts and techniques
  • Energy metabolism
  • The metabolic fate of ingested food
  • Energy expenditure: metabolic rate
  • Energy expenditure: diet-induced thermogenesis
  • Non-resting energy expenditure: fidgeting, exercise, and other physical activities

Physiological Influences on Weight Management

Understand the essential physiological factors that affect body fat percentage and can contribute to weight fluctuation. Topics include:

  • Issues of the thyroid gland
  • Issues of the gonadal systems
  • Issues of the adrenal gland
  • Issues of other organs of the endocrine system

Lifestyle Balancing

Analyze lifestyle habits and experiences, how these “overlap” with each other, and how it is all connected to the success or failure of weight management. Topics include:

  • Basic nutrition for weight management
  • Exercise
  • Stress reduction
  • Genetic influences
  • Past issues of abuse
  • Emotional eating
  • Inflammation control
  • Medical / allergy testing
  • Environmental influences on body weight
  • Herbal and other natural weight regulators
  • Weight counseling in clinical practice

"The price of the certification and the length of time required is really achievable. It was very easy to digest, and I like the way the certifications are modular. So, I was able to build on my first certification."

Harvey Slater, AFPA Weight Management Specialist


Is Specializing in Weight Management Right For Me?

A career as a weight loss consultant may be the ideal fit, if you…

  • Are an effective communicator with a passion for helping people get what they desire by implementing a holistic approach to health and weight management
  • Are looking to switch careers and align yourself on a professional path that is deeply satisfying and financially rewarding… (You can earn back the cost of your tuition with your very first client!)
  • Already work as a fitness or healthcare professional and want to deepen your knowledge of evidence-based nutrition protocols
  • Want to get world-class education without constraints on your schedule, lifestyle or bank account

Are There Payment Plans?


Pick the loan that fits your budget and make payments over three, six, or 12 months. Our payment plans offer instant approval and are safe and secure.

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Do I Qualify?

To enroll in the Weight Management Specialist Certification Program, you must:

Exam Requirements:

  • You need a minimum final exam grade of 85% to pass.
    A $75.00 retest fee will apply.

After successful completion, you will earn the title of “Certified Weight Management Specialist” on your certificate.