ZumbaTeams Up With The Athletics And Fitness Association Of America (AFAA) For One-Of-A-Kind Offering

Instructors Around the World Will Get and Maintain Their AFAA Group Fitness Instructor Certification Faster, More Easily, and at a Low Monthly Price 

April 19, 2021 (Miami, FL): ZumbaⓇ, the largest branded fitness company in the world, announced today it will be partnering with the Athletics and Fitness Association of America (AFAA), one of the top fitness certifying organizations in the US, to allow its global community of instructors (Zumba® Instructor Network // ZIN™) to easily get and maintain their Group Fitness Instructor Certification at a low monthly subscription rate. This is the first time AFAA has ever offered a program like this, which covers certification and recertification content for one low price, making it easier than ever for ZINs to access the accredited certification program and tools. AFAA has also built the offering so that the training takes 25% less time, because it gives ZINs credit for what they already learned in their Zumba Instructor Training (Basic 1).  

“Our main goal at Zumba is to support our instructors to be the best fitness professionals they can be, which empowers them to lead classes more successfully,” said Zumba CEO Alberto Perlman. “Partnering with AFAA means we are able to deliver on this, and we’re proud they have collaborated with us to create this exclusive offering that will cost our instructors less money and take them less time to complete; truly a win-win!”  

 The first-of-its kind package includes:  

  •  AFAA Group Fitness Instructor Certification (AFAA-GFI) Course and Certification
  • 5 bi-monthly online courses per year to complete recertification credit requirements
  • Recertification Renewal Fee Covered
  • 1 additional online AFAA/NASM fitness or wellness course per year to further development

“Zumba revolutionized the fitness industry by blending super-charged aerobics with a dance-infused, pulse-pounding Latin beat,” said Laurie McCartney, President of the Fitness & Wellness segment for Ascend Learning. McCartney oversees AFAA and the National Academy of Sports Medicine (NASM), providing industry-leading certifications and specializations for fitness professionals. “By working together, we’ve made it faster, more convenient and more affordable for ZINs to get and maintain their accredited Group Fitness Instructor Certification through AFAA, which will help expand their career opportunities and better empower them to transform more lives around the world!” 

Only ZIN™ Members qualify for this offer. To become a Zumba Instructor visit: https://www.zumba.com/trainings  

About Zumba Fitness, LLC: 

Founded in 2001, Zumba® is the largest branded fitness company in the world – reporting more than 15 million weekly participants, in 200,000 locations, across 186 countries. Zumba blends contagious world rhythms with easy-to-follow choreography for an effective workout that empowers participants to become their best selves – mind, body and soul.  In addition to its original Zumba program, the company offers 10 Zumba specialty classes – from aquatic-based to those specifically designed for active older adults and children. In 2016, Zumba launched its first non-dance, HIIT workout STRONG Nation™, where music acts as the main motivator. The Zumba lifestyle is rounded out by the company’s many consumer product offerings, including video games, original music, activewear and footwear, and interactive Fitness-Concert™ events. For more information about Zumba’s programs and products, or to find a live or virtual class, visitzumba.com. Follow us onFacebook andInstagram

About AFAA: 

The Athletics and Fitness Association of America (AFAA) has led the way in certifying group fitness and personal trainers for over 35 years. AFAA pioneered the first nationally standardized guidelines for fitness professionals and has prepared over 350,000 instructors and trainers in 73 countries. AFAA’s Group Fitness Instructor Program is accredited by the National Commission for Certifying Agencies (NCCA). Learn more at www.afaa.com. 

The Original EMT Textbook Celebrates 50th Anniversary with New Twelfth Edition

Jones & Bartlett Learning Public Safety Group Continues to Help Transform EMS Training for Millions


Jones & Bartlett Learning Public Safety Group, a division of Ascend Learning, announced the release of the 12th edition of Emergency Care and Transportation of the Sick and Injured, 50 years after the American Academy of Orthopaedic Surgeons (AAOS) published the first edition in 1971. Since that time, the textbook has helped transform how EMS education is delivered throughout the world and helped train millions of world-class EMS providers.

In 1997, the AAOS partnered with Jones & Bartlett Publishers (now Jones & Bartlett Learning) to release Emergency Care and Transportation of the Sick and Injured, Sixth Edition. Since the publication of that edition, these organizations have worked together to create teaching and learning systems that combine superior medical content with market leading technology solutions and online courseware to transform all levels of EMS training. The 12th edition features the most comprehensive suite of instructional materials yet to ensure complete coverage of standards and science and provide needed information on career readiness, critical thinking, and mental health.

“On behalf of the Jones & Bartlett Learning Public Safety Group and Ascend Learning, we’re honored to help celebrate 50 years of excellence from our valued partner—the AAOS,” said Tim McClinton, President of Professional Education, Ascend Learning. “Day in and day out, this textbook helps improve the quality of emergency medical care in the United States and abroad; it’s inspiring to think of how many lives have been impacted over the years.”

“It’s an honor to publish a text that is so well-respected that it has become the gold standard in its field,” said Anna Salt Troise, chief commercial officer, AAOS. “In today’s multi-disciplinary approach to healthcare, influential texts like Emergency Care and Transportation of the Sick and Injured, are essential for EMS providers of all levels.”

Far more than just a textbook, the 12th edition is supported by an array of innovative and flexible course delivery tools, from foundational resources that prepare students for certification, to comprehensive education solutions that facilitate student engagement and virtual learning. Learn more about these tools and the 12th edition textbook at http://go.psglearning.com/emt12.

About the Jones & Bartlett Learning Public Safety Group (http://www.psglearning.com)
Jones & Bartlett Learning Public Safety Group has become the world’s most innovative and trusted source for educational materials and solutions for EMS and fire students, educators, and professionals by leveraging the collective value of our people, products, and partners. From initial training to recertification to retirement, we strive to be a lifelong learning partner to those who serve our communities tirelessly and ensure our safety and well-being.

About Ascend Learning (http://www.ascendlearning.com)
Ascend Learning is a leading provider of online educational content, simulation, software and analytics serving students, educational institutions and employers. With products that span the learning continuum, Ascend Learning focuses on high-growth careers in a range of industries, with a special focus on healthcare and other high-growth, licensure-driven professions. Ascend Learning products, from testing to certification, are used by frontline healthcare workers, physicians, emergency medical professionals, nurses, certified personal trainers, group fitness instructors, financial advisors, skilled trades professionals and insurance brokers. Learn more at http://www.ascendlearning.com.

About the AAOS (http://www.aaos.org)
With more than 39,000 members, the American Academy of Orthopaedic Surgeons is the world’s largest medical association of musculoskeletal specialists. The AAOS is the trusted leader in advancing musculoskeletal health. It provides the highest quality, most comprehensive education to help orthopaedic surgeons and allied health professionals at every career level best treat patients in their daily practices. The AAOS is the source for information on bone and joint conditions, treatments and related musculoskeletal health care issues, and it leads the health care discussion on advancing quality.